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At the Departmentof Physics, a committed team of international scientists performs research in physics in its full breadth as part of the developing Graz Center of Physics. The Theoretical Particle Physics Group at the Department is the largest such group in Austria, and is international renown for its synergistic use of a wide range of non-perturbative methods. The research group has a track record of activities in the fields of QCD, electroweak physics and beyond-the-standard model physics. We offer a friendly and vivid work environment, which provides space for creativity and independent research. We promote an atmosphere of mutual respect, appreciative working together, family friendliness and diversity.


At the Department of Physics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, the University of Graz is seeking to appoint a

Professor of Nonperturbative Particle Physics with Application in Astrophysics

(40 hours per week; selection procedure in accordance with Section 98 of the Universities Act (UG); permanent employment according to the Salaried Employees Act (AngG); expected starting date October 1st 2025)

We are looking for an excellent researcher in the field of theoretical particle physics using first-principles non-perturbative methods (e.g. lattice methods or functional methods), who will complement and extend our expertise with applications of particle physics in the field of astrophysics (e.g. compact objects, cosmic rays, dark matter, cosmology, or quantum gravity). 


The successful candidate is expected to regularly teach the full breadth of theoretical physics, especially particle physics at all levels, as well special topics close to actual research for master and PhD students, including the supervision of theses. Furthermore, the Theoretical Physics Group hosts the Doctoral Academy Consortium ‘Theoretical Particle Physics’, aimed at an excellent, structured PhD education. The successful candidate is expected to take an active role in this consortium. 


The University of Graz and the TU Graz coordinate their natural science activities in the strategic NAWI Graz cooperation. This will lead to a union of their physics institutes into a combined “Graz Center of Physics”. The successful candidate is expected to actively contribute to these efforts and collaborate with the participating groups. 


Employment requirements:

  • Austrian or equivalent foreign higher education degree corresponding with the position (doctorate/PhD)
  • Habilitation or equivalent qualification in Theoretical Physics
  • Outstanding academic qualifications in research and teaching in the relevant discipline and for the profile of the professorship (commensurate with stage of academic career)
  • Success in attracting subject-specific project grants, particularly where competitively awarded third-party funds are concerned
  • Skills in higher education didactics and online teaching
  • Skills in the supervision and guidance of early career researchers
  • Professional experience abroad during academic career
  • Management and leadership experience
  • Gender mainstreaming skills
  • Good knowledge of English and, after a period of at most three years, teaching in German
  • Excellent research record in non-perturbative particle physics and documented expertise in application to astrophysics
  • International experience after completion of the Master’s degree (desirable)

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, aiming for academic excellence and integrity in research and teaching. He/she will have demonstrated ability to collaborate constructively in a responsible manner and inspire colleagues and students in an interdisciplinary, internationally oriented context.

We offer a diverse, challenging, team-oriented working environment and a high degree of personal responsibility. Working hours are flexible and there are many options for further education and personal development.


Salary scheme of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff (Universitäten-KV): A1

Minimum salary

The minimum remuneration as stated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement is EUR 89.075,00 gross per year. Salary subject to negotiation.

Application deadline: March 13th 2024
Reference number: BV/1/98 ex 2023/24

Planned dates of the applicant’s presentation: 02.10.2024 to 04.10.2024

The University of Graz is committed to increasing the proportion of female employees, especially in leadership roles. We therefore encourage qualified female colleagues in particular to apply for this position. In case of equal qualifications, women will receive priority consideration.

Please submit your application documents (in English) in accordance with the general as well as the specific (especially defined for this professorship) application guidelines (which can be found at before the stated deadline. Your application documents should include the reference number of the position and be sent by email to:

For further information please contact Prof. Axel Maas at +43 (0) 316 / 380 - 5231 or by email