Vienna Graduate School on Computational Optimization (VGSCO) announces 2 PhD positions

The Vienna Graduate School on Computational Optimization (VGSCO) is a joint research and training program of the University of Vienna, TU Wien, IST Austria and Vienna University of Economics and Business funded by the Austrian Science Funds (FWF). Its main goal is to give PhD candidates a comprehensive training in different areas of optimization with special emphasis on algorithmic and numerical aspects. It fosters scientific collaboration between the PhD students and their advisors representing a broad spectrum of topics and areas in the field of optimization.

The VGSCO currently announces 2 PhD positions each associated with one of the participating institutions, in the following areas:

1. Optimization and Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Real-World NP-hard Problems (TU Wien, Supervisor: Nysret Musliu)
2. Optimization Techniques in Data Science, with Applications to Molecular Chemistry (University of Vienna, Supervisor: Arnold Neumaier)

The successful candidates will become members of the Vienna Graduate School on Computational Optimization and must actively contribute to its activities. The VGSCO offers lecture series given by international experts in optimization related fields, organizes research seminars, retreats, soft skills courses, scientific workshops, and social events, provides travel grants, and supports research stays abroad. The duration of the employment is of 3 years with possibility of extension. The planned start of the positions is autumn 2020. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Links to the detailed descriptions of the announced positions can be found at:

Application Requirements and Procedure
The candidates must have a master degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Computer Science, Data Science or Statistics (depending on the position(s) they apply for) at the moment the PhD position starts. The application documents should contain a letter of motivation; the scientific CV with publication list, if available; higher education certificates/diplomas; the diploma/master thesis and letter(s) of recommendation. Applications have to be submitted at: The deadline for applications is August 31, 2020.


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Vienna Graduate School on Computational Optimization
University of Vienna, TU Wien
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Monday, August 31, 2020
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