The Vienna Doctoral Program Particles and Interactions

Deadline: 31 May 2016
Open to: students from all countries interested in the field of physics and technology
Scholarship: the modalities of the payment follow the rules laid out by the Austrian Science Fund


The Vienna Doctoral Program (Doktoratskolleg) Particles and Interactions (DK-PI) is a research, education, and training oriented initiative supported by the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF). Its purpose is to provide a high profile international research environment for highly qualified PhD students, coupled with a thorough monitoring and advisory framework, and a broad educational system that includes introductory and specialized physics courses as well as soft skill courses

The DK-PI offers research opportunities in the fields of:

  • Physics and technology of particle detection in high energy particle collisions;
  • Precision measurements at low and ultra-low energies to test the standard model;
  • Precision experiments with antihydrogen for studies of CPT symmetry and antimatter gravity;
  • Experimental studies on non-perturbative QCD with kaon and antiproton beams;
  • Ultra-relativistic heavy-ion physics;
  • The theory of strong and electroweak interactions at low and high energies and at high density or temperature;
  • Neutrino and flavor physics;
  • Standard Model and Beyond the Standard Model phenomenology;
  • Supersymmetry and string theory;
  • Quantum gravity and black hole physics;
  • Dark matter physics.


  • Students from all countries interested in the field of physics and technology;
  • Becoming competitive participants in the international particle and nuclear physics research community;
  • Able to start own successful career;
  • Among equally qualified applicants women will receive preferential consideration.


The DK-PI offers doctoral study positions with full financial support on a 12-months-basis for up to 3 years. The modalities of the payment follow the rules laid out by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (currently 1,996.90 EUR/month before tax, incl. health benefits).

In addition, the doctoral program provides support for:

  • Travel to scientific work shops, schools and conferences;
  • Research stays at various partner institutions around the globe;
  • Soft skill training and language courses.

How to apply?

Please check out application procedure and checklist for all necessary documents and fill out the online application form until 31 May 2016.

For more information, please visit the official website.

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