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At the Institute of Physics, a committed team of international scientists performs research in physics in its full range. The University of Graz and the Graz University of Technology are joining their physics institutes to form the new Graz Center of Physics. The institute covers the field of astrophysics in research and teaching, with internationally recognised research groups in solar physics, heliospheric physics and stellar activity. The institute runs the Kanzelhöhe Observatory for Solar and Environmental Research as well as the Lustbühel Observatory Graz. We offer a friendly and vibrant working environment that leaves space for creativity and independent research. We promote an atmosphere of respectful interaction, family friendliness and diversity.


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

Professor of 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 2024)

We are looking for an astrophysicist with a core research area in the field of “stellar astrophysics of low mass stars“, e.g. stellar activity, stellar structure, and stellar evolution. The post holder should be able to demonstrate internationally competitive research and networking in their area of expertise as well as be able to teach the field of astrophysics in its full range. A thematic link and cooperation with the research groups at the Institute (solar and heliospheric physics) as well as with the research groups at the Space Research Institute (IWF) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) in Graz (covering planets and exoplanets, space plasmas, instrument development) is preferred, with the aim of further strengthening the location of Graz and the joint development of large-scale projects. An active contribution to the newly founded “Young Researchers Program in interdisciplinary space science and planetary research” – a collaboration between the University of Graz, the Space Research Institute Graz, the University of Technology Graz, as well as to the Graz Center of Physics – is expected. This professorship will support the institute in the teaching of the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes, with a focus on astrophysics. The successful candidate will also be heading the Lustbühel Observatory Graz, which is mainly used for teaching purposes.


Employment requirements:

  • Austrian or equivalent foreign higher education degree corresponding with the position (doctorate/PhD)
  • Habilitation or equivalent qualification in Astrophysics
  • 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
  • Very good knowledge of English
  • Good knowledge of German or the willingness to learn the language (with a transition period of three years)
  • Experience in international networking within the scientific community

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 81.571,- gross per year. Salary subject to negotiation.

Application deadline: March 22th 2023
Reference number: BV/12/98 ex 2021/22

Planned dates of the applicant’s presentation: 27.09.2023-29.09.2023

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 German or 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: