DoSChem Application 2024 is closed

The Vienna Doctoral School in Chemistry (DosChem) offers doctoral training at the University of Vienna across all areas of chemistry.


The next international call for PhD positions is expected in March 2025.


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‘s degree or its equivalent in Chemistry or in another relevant discipline that qualifies the applicant to embark on a doctorate. All applicants shall complete their master's degree before the anticipated position appointment.  At the time point of the application: you are eligible to apply while you are still finishing your MA studies and don’t hold your final certificate yet.
  • 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, unless it is specified in the description of PhD position. If invited for interviews the DoSChem selection committee will evaluate the applicant’s English skills.


Online application

Please submit only ONE APPLICATION (with one RTCHEM number) where you can specify up to 3 projects. Multiple applications will be not considered! If you don't have any specific project-related scientific questions, please do not contact supervisors for the application related matters.

Please submit the following documents in English as a SINGLE PDF document.

  • 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 referees, who have PREVIOUSLY SUPERVISED you in your past research projects (e.g. Master thesis) 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 this, 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 2024 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 winter of the selection year. However, under certain circumstances, exceptions for later starting dates can be made after personal consultation. DoSChem values diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

We don’t provide any individual information on your status within our application process.

All your submitted paperwork is forwarded on time to the advertising Professors of your preference and currently being reviewed. Please find the timeline below.


Timeline overview table (approx.)

·       Application opens: 01.03.24
·       Application closes: 14.04.24
·       Pre-selection meetings: beginning of May
·       Student Interview Days: May
·       Final selection meetings: May/June
·       Offers sent out: by mid of June
·       Offer need to be accepted: end of June/beginning July
·       Start of 2024 cohort: summer/fall 2024

If you have any questions about the DoSChem program and/ or the application and recruiting process please contact: Elena Rastew  (