Several Open PhD Positions in the Doctoral Program at Vienna University of Technology

Deadline: 12 June 2020
Open to:
interested applicants from all countries
Benefits: employment contract for a starting period of 3 years


TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), TU Graz (Graz University of Technology), and JKU Linz (Johannes Kepler University) are recruiting up to 15 doctoral candidates with a negotiable starting date for the joint doctoral program on Logical Methods in Computer Science (LogiCS), funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

The Ph.D. program focuses on interdisciplinary research topics covering
– computational logic, and applications of logic to
– databases and artificial intelligence,
– computer-aided verification,
– security and privacy,
– cyber-physical systems, as well as to
– distributed systems.

The Ph.D. program LogiCS is focusing on logic and its applications in computer science. Successful applicants will work with and be mentored by leading researchers in the fields of computational logic, databases and knowledge representation, computer-aided verification, security and privacy, cyber-physical systems, and distributed systems.
The LogiCS doctoral program offers top research expertise, and a stimulating and supportive environment. The LogiCS is coordinated by TU Wien, which offers an outstanding research environment and numerous professional development opportunities. The Faculty of Informatics of TU Wien is the largest one in Austria and is consistently ranked among the best in Europe.

The founding body of the LogiCS, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), offers multiple funding opportunities for young researchers to advance their independent scientific careers.


They invite applicants from all countries to apply. Candidates should hold a MSc or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or related fields, and an excellent record of study. Candidates with comparable achievements (e.g., bachelor of honors) may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Previous knowledge in the areas of the doctoral college (computational logic, databases/AI, verification) is desirable but not required.

At the moment they are particularly looking for candidates interested in the following areas:
* Automated Software Verification
* Description Logics
* Epistemic logic in distributed computing
* Explainable AI
* Fixed-Parameter Algorithms and Complexity
* Formal Verification of hybrid systems
* Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
* Model Checking
* Modeling and analysis of digital integrated circuits
* Normative Reasoning
* Ontology-based Data Access
* Security and Privacy
* Scheduling and logic programming
* Study of the Interaction between rules from a knowledge base and rules arising from machine learning
* Topology in distributed computing
* Quantified Boolean Formulas


The doctoral candidates will be offered an employment contract for a starting period of 3 years.

The doctoral positions are fully funded for at least 3 years according to the funding scheme of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). (This entails an employment contract)

How to Apply

Please download the application form and follow the instructions below. All information provided in the application form must be accurate and complete. All correspondence will be made via e-mail using the e-mail address you have specified in the online application form. Please check your e-mails regularly and keep your mailbox ready to receive.

Email your filled out application form, together with all required application documents to The subject must be DKLOGICS.

Attach 2 separate PDF files as follows:

  • Application form
    Important: The PDF form has to be filled out electronically and saved in PDF format. To ensure the data is saved properly, we recommend that you use Adobe Reader. We cannot accept scanned versions – the form will be processed electronically.
  • All other required documents in the order stated below. Please merge all these documents (except the application form) into a single PDF file named . The file size should not exceed 5 MB.
  1. Evidence of prior achievement
    Degree certificates (Bachelor’s and Master’s degree or higher) of a post-secondary education institution including course transcripts and an explanation of the grading system(s) used in these degree certificates.
  2. Abstract of diploma / Master’s thesis
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Motivation Letter
  5. At least two letters of recommendation
    At least one of your referees should have a scientific background.
    If your referees prefer, letters of recommendation may be sent separately to clearly indicating the applicant’s name.
  6. Certificate of English language proficiency (see below)
  7. Scan of the applicant’s passport
    Only the pages containing your personal data and picture.
  8. Officially certified transcripts of degree certificate(s)
    Only for non-EU citizens (excl. Swiss nationals).
  9. Optional: Research proposal

If the subject and file names were correct, you will receive an automatically generated confirmation email. Please recheck the subject and file names if you do not receive such an email! In case of subsequent corrections of a successful submission please contact them and do not submit the form a second time.

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