Application process

There are two ways to apply for positions in DoSChem

1. DoSChem pooled calls

The Vienna Doctoral School in Chemistry (DoSChem) launches once a year a pooled spring call and offers doctoral training at the University of Vienna across all areas of chemistry. Next call: Spring 2023

2. Open postions

Open positions can be filled during the year, independently of the DoSChem call.

If available, open position will be posted here.

The Vienna Doctoral School in Chemistry (DoSChem) launches once a year a spring call and offers doctoral training at the University of Vienna across all areas of chemistry. The recent 2022 call is closed now and we are in process to evaluate all incoming applications. Our next international call for PhD positions is expected in March 2023.


Eligibility criteria

  • Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs): DoSChem is open to all early stage researchers of any nationality, who have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree in chemical sciences. The applicant needs to hold a Master degree or its equivalent in Chemistry or in another relevant discipline entitling the researcher to embark on a doctorate. All applicants shall complete their Master degree prior the anticipated position appointment. The degree certificate must be available before being accepted into the doctoral program.
  • The DoSChem program language is English; therefore, written and oral English proficiency is expected and essential. Formal proof of competence in English is not required. If invited for interviews the DoSChem selection committee will evaluate the applicant’s English skills.

Online application

Please submit the following documents in English as a SINGLE PDF document ONLY ONCE! DO NOT APPLY MULTIPLE TIMES! If we ask to re-submit or complement  your paperwork please do not apply again, only update your information through the u:account portal!


  • A Strong Motivation letter explaining why you apply to DoSChem and addressing your motivation and qualifications. Clearly indicate your desired research area and provide a prioritized list of DoSChem principal investigators (choices 1-3 for job descriptions posted) that you wish to work with (max. 1 page).
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) indicating your educational path including timeline and academic degrees, addressing your technical proficiency, past/ongoing projects you were scientifically involved in along with your publication list and major achievement (if applicable).
  • Copies of Bachelor and Master degree certificates in German or in certified English translation in addition to their original language. Self-translated transcripts of your certificates will not be recognized (including CREDIT TRANSCRIPTS!).
  • Contact information of two supervisors, who can be contacted and are willing to provide recommendation letters upon request by DoSChem.

Please add additional documents if they proof relevant skills (awards, internships/participation in research projects, programming languages, lab techniques, transferable skills etc.)

Selection process

Based on academic performance and research experience, scientific fit and motivation to apply to the DoSChem program, our selection committee will carefully evaluate the quality of your application. Thus, a first round of selection will be made based on the submitted documents. This stage of the selection process will be completed within 2-3 weeks after the application deadline.

For the second stage of the application process (‘matching session’) candidates are invited for online interviews (10-15min). For this purpose, candidates are asked to prepare short summary talks (5 min) of their Master thesis. Small PI panels (3-5), reflecting the areas of interest indicated by the applicant, will hold interviews based on which matching PI and students are determined.

Candidates shortlisted for the final selection will be invited to detailed interviews held by their matching PI and colleagues (15-20 min).

Successful candidates are notified by June 2022 and are expected to accept their position within 2 weeks of their notification.

Members of the new DoSChem cohort should start their doctoral projects in Vienna between summer and fall of the selection year. However, under certain circumstances, exceptions for later starting dates can be made after personal consultation.

The University of Vienna and DoSChem pursue a non-discriminatory employment policy and value equal opportunities, as well as diversity. This year’s DoSChem call is open to early stage researchers from all over the world but due to the critical situation of young researchers in Ukraine, we will give preference to Ukrainian applicants given equal qualifications.

Timeline overview table

  • Application opens: March
  • Application closes: end of April (25.04.22)
  • Pre-selection meetings: approx. mid of May
  • Student Interview Days: mid-end May
  • Final selection meetings: June
  • Offers sent out: (mid)-end of June
  • Offer need to be accepted: end of June/July
  • Start of 2022 cohort: summer/fall 2022


If you have any questions about the DoSChem program, please contact: Dr. Elena Rastew (




The University of Vienna has a very strong, institutionalised gender equality policy and within this framework DoSChem strives to strengthen the career development of female scientists at all qualifications levels and to support compatibility between family and work/ training.

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