The Acoustics Research Institute (ARI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track group-leader position (m/f) open for researchers in all disciplines related to acoustics.

ARI is an interdisciplinary research institution of the OeAW. ARI undertakes fundamental research in psychoacoustics, experimental audiology, acoustic phonetics, computational acoustics, mathematics, and signal processing. A close interaction between ARI's working groups allows innovative research approaches based on the synergy from multidisciplinarity as well as creates concepts that stimulate the individual research fields. ARI currently employs a staff of approximately 35 people. As part of the OeAW, ARI is purely focused towards high impact research (comparable to Max-Planck or CNRS institutes).

ARI searches for new acoustic-related approaches, being complementary to and supplementing those already established at ARI. To this end, a new working group will be established. The figure below shows ARI's interpretation of the fields in acoustics, highlighting fields handled by ARI already now, and fields in which a new group is preferred.

New research group

The new research group is aimed to:

  • have a long-term research horizon,
  • collaborate with ARI's working groups, but still being complementary to them,
  • strive for innovative scientific research expanding ARI's multidsciplinary research portfolio,
  • provide a high potential to acquire research grants, thus, be funded mostly by external project funding.

The following resources will be available for the new group:

  • access to all laboratory facilities of ARI,
  • applicant's salary,
  • one PhD position for the first five years,
  • after a successful tenure-track evaluation, one PostDoc position in addition to the PhD position,
  • traveling and additional infrastructure (according to applicant's proposal) in arrangement with ARI's director.


This is a tenure-track position. The salary will be EUR 3303,90 a month (14 payments a year, before taxes) according to OeAW's collective agreements. In exceptional cases a higher starting salary is possible. The first contract will be for two years. It will be extended by three years, if the candidate and the group fulfills the expectations raised in the application (upon decision of ARI's director with guidance of ARI's steering committee). In the fifth year, the candidate can apply for an evaluation by the OeAW evaluation board, according to the OeAW evaluation rules. With a positive evaluation decision, the approval by the OeAW's President and Vice President, as well as ARI's director the position will become tenured. Otherwise, the position will be extended by a one-year phase-out period and closed at the end of its sixth year.

With respect to the OeAW career model, this position is a Junior Group Leader position. It is comparable to an Associate Professor position at a university, however, it has less administrative and commitees duties, and no strict teaching duties.The successful applicant will have much time to focus on research. Note that some link of the candidate to an Austrian university is necessary to be able to supervise students and such a link will probably include some teaching.


Main duties and key responsibilities of the successful application will be:

  • Planning the scientific focus of a research group within the multidisciplinary environment of ARI.
  • Managing the research group.
  • Determining, obtaining, and managing the resource requirements to sustain own research program in the long term.
  • Building up the research group to a size comparable to the other groups at ARI.
  • Supervising PhD Students.
  • Acquiring the formal permission to supervise master and PhD students at an Austrian university ('habilitation').
  • Collaborating with at least two other ARI groups.
  • Supporting the director of ARI in all organizational issues as part of ARI's steering committee.


Successful applicants must have:

  • a PhD (or equivalent degree);
  • experience at acquiring project funding;
  • a scientific profile that fits well into ARI's established working groups, but is complementary to them;
  • a high potential to attract substantial additional funding;
  • shown research independence and maturity;
  • a competitive promising track-record appropriate to the respective research field and the applicants' career stage, including significant publications.

Applicants will be ranked higher if they:

  • have already shown multi-disciplinary approaches, particularly linked to some of ARI's current disciplines;
  • have shown experience in leading a research group and being involved in administrative and organizational duties;
  • belong to an under-represented social group. The OeAW is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants are expected to submit:

  • a letter of application (up to three pages) expressing their particular interest, motivation and qualifications for this call.
  • a short description of previous research activities
  • a research plan (up to 15 pages) for the new group providing the following details:
    • planning of the first two years (a detailed project description including references);
    • planning of the subsequent three years (a project description including refrences);
    • planning of the long-term research focus;
    • a name for the new group;
    • a strategy on the integration of the proposed group into the multi-disciplinary research environment of ARI, including the group's interaction with at least two of ARI's groups;
    • a plan for the acquisition of financial resources to support the group;
    • optional: additional infrastructure required, and a plan for its financial support. (A 'standard' support for traveling and material can be assumed.)
  • list of references (up to 5 pages) relevant to the project
  • curriculum vitae (up to 5 pages),
  • a list of all publications, including bibliometric data,
  • a list of the ten most important publications with short summaries explaining their relevance for the application at ARI.
  • three letters of recommendation. (Either attached to the proposal, or sent directly by the recommending scientists to ARI.)

For the documents please use DIN A4 format, 11pt type with line spacing 1.5.

Selection Process

The following selection criteria will be applied:

  • Excellence of the candidate:
    • Solid scientific track record according to academic age.
    • Internationally competitive quality and leadership potential.
    • Fit into the multidisciplinary research of ARI.
  • Quality of the project methods and approaches:
    • Clear vision for the proposed research area and the project's impact.
    • Comprehensive research methodology appropriate for the proposed work.
    • Potential to collaborate with at least two of ARI's current working groups.
    • Potential of extending ARI's research portfolio.
    • Scientific relevance and potential to extend ARI's international scientific standing beyond its current disciplinary frontiers.
  • Financial planning and management ability:
    • Human and financial resources in accordance with proposed project content.
    • Feasibility of proposed funding.

The process of candidate selection will be as follows:

  • ARI's steering committee (ASC) will create a shortlist of up to ten candidates.
  • ARI's scientific advisory board (SAB) will send comments regarding the shortlisted candidates. The steering committee will create a ranked shortlist of up to five candidates, whose proposal will be reviewed by international scientists (executed by the OeAW's Quality Assurance).
  • Up to three candidates will be invited for interviews in person.
  • ARI's director will choose a candidate, under the guidance of the ASC and the SAB and with the approval of OeAW's President and Vice President.
This process can be terminated at any stage if no outstanding application is available.

The appointment to this position is planned between January 2018 and January 2019.

The OeAW is an equal opportunities employer.


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If you have questions with respect to the position do not hesitate to contact Peter Balazs via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) .


Acoustics Research Institute
Austrian Academy of Sciences
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1040 Wien