PhD position (Project Team Member / College Asisstant)

The Vienna Graduate School in Computational Optimization (VGSCO) offers a contract for a PhD student (officially entitled: Project Team Member) in different areas of optimization such as Combinatorial Optimization, Global Optimization, Heuristic Optimization, Nonlinear Optimization, Stochastic Optimization, Dynamic Optimization, Algorithmic Game Theory, Optimization for intelligent Data Analysis. The program started October 1, 2016. Employment (30 hrs/week) is based on a 3-year contract (extendable to 3.5 years depending on the evaluation).

The Vienna Graduate School on Computational Optimization is a joint initiative between the University of Vienna, the TU Wien and the Austrian Institute of Science and Technology (IST) funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The goal of the Graduate School is to give the PhD candidates a comprehensive education in many aspects of optimization including modeling, theory and implementation. It is intended to cover by the research topics the broad scope of Theory-Algorithms-Applications. In addition to the main scientific goals, other skills will be trained such as efficient literature search, writing scientific papers, presentation of results, the transformation of mathematical ideas into working algorithms, understanding the peculiar problems of application areas and putting them into a mathematical formulation. In the long term we will foster collaboration between the members and their respective institutions in order to make Vienna a place of excellence in Computational Optimization.


Required documents for a successful application include:

  • Completed thesis and degree on Master/Diploma level in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or a related field with strong mathematical background (certificate and transcripts)
  • Motivation letter expressing the candidate’s visions and expectations, area of interest and possible supervisor (see faculty members at website)
  • CV including scientific interests and achievements, list of publications (if available)
  • A minimum of two recommendation letters
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English (knowledge of other languages is an asset)
  • Skype address for a possible interview

Applications should be submitted via email to

Deadline for applications is December 31, 2016. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

For further information, please contact Ms. Dominique Sundt at the Department of Statistics and OR, University of Vienna, at

As part of the university we pursue a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The university lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Job location: 
University of Vienna, Vienna School on Computational Optimization
Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1
1090 Wien
Contact and application information
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Contact name: 
Hermann Schichl