How to Apply

The Vienna Doctoral School in Chemistry (DosChem) offers doctoral training across all research fields of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Vienna. Once a year, open PhD positions will be announced as DoSChem Call.

The first DoSChem call opens on March 15th (Deadline May 16th 2021). In order to apply, register yourself at the University of Vienna and open an u:account first. With your u:account User ID you can apply@doschem.

Eligibility criteria

  • Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs): DoSChem is open to all early stage researchers of any nationality within the first five years* after obtaining an acceptable Master’s degree and who have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree.

*Parental leave, nursing care of family members, military service or other specific circumstances and constrictive exemptions from the five years rule have to be proven by the applicant.

  • 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 till the end of 2021 and have all their certificates by then. 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 applicant’s English skills during the interviews.

      Online application

Please submit the following documents in English as a single PDF document:

  • A Strong Motivation letter explaining why you apply to DoSChem by addressing your 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 with time line and academic degrees, addressing your technical proficiency, past/ ongoing projects you were scientifically involved in along with your publication list and awards if applicable.
  • Copies of Bachelor and Master Diploma certificates in German or in certified English translation in addition to their original language. Self-translated transcripts of your certificates will not be recognized. (inclusive 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 your 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 solely based on the submitted documents. This stage of the selection process will be completed within 4-6 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 interests hold interviews together; after the interview, the matching PI and the student 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 approx. August 15th and expected to accept their position within 2 weeks of their notification.

Members of the new DoSChem cohort should start their doctoral project in Vienna between September and December of the selection year. However, under certain circumstances -exceptions may be made after personal consultation- the starting date can be extended until latest March of the following year.

DoSChem values diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

Timeline overview table 2021

  • Application opens: March
  • Application closes: May
  • Pre-selection meetings: June
  • Student Interview Days: mid-end June (July)
  • Final selection meetings: July
  • Offers sent out: mid August
  • Offer need to be accepted: end of August
  • Start of the program: September-December

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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