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Doctoral School of Physics

In the Doctoral School of Physics at TU Graz, fundamental principles of physics are used to solve technological problems such as designing better materials or building more efficient devices. Quantum mechanics forms the basis for the modern description of all materials and is used heavily in the doctoral programme.


A doctoral project trains you to perform independent research. It is project-oriented training where you are given primary responsibility for completing a project. These projects are typically funded by the Austrian government or the European Union and are selected for funding by international referees. You will be expected to
  • read and understand the scientific literature,
  • solve all the technical problems associated with the experiments in your project,
  • publish articles in refereed international physics journals, and
  • present your results at international conferences.
This is a demanding job, which requires intelligence, determination, a solid training in the fundamentals of physics and good communication skills. The compensation varies with the funding source but is usually about 2000 Euro/month.

The Doctoral School of Physics is a great preparation for almost any career, not only in academia but also in the private sector. By working with leading scientists and international colleagues on forefront ideas in science and technology you develop skills valuable in areas beyond physics. This opens a wide range of future careers.me time, you build competences that qualify you for higher-level and leadership tasks for your future employers.

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Teaching staff, Institutes and Focus Areas

Institutes and Focus Areas

The following institutes are associated with the Doctoral School of Physics:

Institute of Experimental Physics

Research areas at the Institute of Experimental Physics include studies of free atoms, molecules, and clusters using high-resolution laser spectroscopy and ionization methods, and surface scattering as well as nonlinear optics, plasma diagnostics and high temperature materials characterization.

Institute of Solid State Physics

The Institute of Solid State Physics examines the properties of solids, surfaces, and interfaces using techniques such as X-ray diffraction, infrared spectrometry, and electron microscopy. These results are being applied to problems like making better light-emitting diodes, solar cells, sensors, and transistors; making drug delivery more effective; and producing stronger paper.

Institute of Theoretical and Computational Physics

The research activities of the ITPCP focus on many-body systems in solid state and plasma physics. Research topics range from weak to strong correlation effects, such as band structures, magnetism, spintronics, high temperature superconductivity, colossal magneto-resistance, plasma confinement, heating in thermonuclear fusion devices, and transport in nanomaterials.

Institute of Materials Physics

The Institute of Materials Physics at TU Graz is working on basic and applied materials research with a major focus on nanostructured functional materials, defects in solids, and health issues of radiation physics.

Institute for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis

The Institute for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis has several of Europe‘s most advanced electron microscopes. It plays a primary role to support interdisciplinary and interfaculty research, training and education through essential resources for electron- and ion beam micro and nanocharacterization of all kinds of advanced materials.

Teaching staff

People with license to teach (venia docendi) at the doctoral school can supervise your dissertation. Teaching staff