Vienna Research Group Leader in the field of "Environmental Systems Research“


Applications are being invited for outstanding early-career scientists (2-8 years post PhD), interested in building up their first independent research group in the field of "Environmental Systems Research" at the Technische Universität Wien.

The aim of this announcement is to source exceptional candidates, who, once selected, will then go on to submit an application together with experienced scientists at the Technische Universität Wien, to the current call for young investigators by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF):, öffnet eine externe URL in einem neuen Fenster.

In case of a successful funding decision, the research group will be financed for 6 to 8 years, with up to 1.6 million EUR being provided by the WWTF, supplemented by an additional contribution from the University itself. After a successful interim evaluation, the Technische Univrsität Wien will offer the group leader a tenure-track position.

Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators 2022

The 13th call of the Vienna Research Group program is centered on Environmental Systems Research. It is open to universities and research institutions in Vienna.

The call encourages proposals that address fundamental questions in environmental and climate-related research. Research should aim to significantly expand current knowledge and views of fundamental challenges in this field. They should be addressed with a systems approach and preferably address question beyond individual disciplines. The inclusion of quantitative methods and modelling approaches that go beyond pure monitoring is strongly encouraged. Equally important as the research question in this call is the willingness of the candidate to actively participate in the larger inter/transdisciplinary research community of the host institution and to contribute to overarching research topics. The call is open to all topics and areas in Environmental Systems Research, and proposals from all disciplines (e.g., natural sciences, engineering, social sciences) are welcome.

Application procedure:

Interested Postdoc candidates should apply via the TU Wien Job portal (, öffnet eine externe URL in einem neuen Fenster) mentioning the respective host group no later than April 27th, 2022.

For further information please contact:

  • Scientific questions: the respective group hosts – please see “scientific contact” in each group description
  • Administrative issues: Elisabeth Schludermann, Head of Service Unit of Funding Support and Industry Relations:

Possible hosting labs at TU Wien

(in alphabetical order)

Scientific contact persons: Johannes Böhm / Wolfgang Wagner

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Gravity space missions as well as microwave remote sensing satellites have been very successful in assessing and describing environmental and climatic changes at the Earth surface, such as droughts or hydrological variations in general. Both techniques, however, have their own characteristics in terms of spatial and temporal resolution as well as accuracy. Their combination for Earth observation purposes and products is highly desirable and in the focus of the Vienna Research Group (VRG). The VRG will develop appropriate and innovative methods to join the different observation types for a better understanding of hydrological processes. Additional observation types, such as InSAR, GNSS deformations, or local gravity measurements will complement the gravity space and remote sensing missions.

This group will be set up at the interface between the research units Higher Geodesy and Remote Sensing at the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation.

Scientific contact person: Hinrich Grothe

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Climate change and air pollution are two major challenges in the upcoming decades. The formation and subsequent growth of molecular clusters from gaseous precursors, so-called new particle formation (NPF), has been identified to contribute to air pollution and climate change patterns. This is of special interest in future urban areas, where heat extremes occur more frequently, changes in anthropogenic emissions are expected and urban green-space is scaled. These transformations affect aerosol growth, the key link between formation of new clusters and their health and climate impact. The formation of secondary aerosols is expected to dominate the future aerosol number and mass budgets due to the reduced primary particle emissions. However, the required process level understanding of future urban aerosol growth for advising mitigation strategies on the urban scale is currently missing.

The new Vienna Research Group Leader will assess how a warming climate, changing emissions and an altered cityscape influence the formation of secondary aerosols in the future urban atmosphere. The group will be embedded into the Faculty of Technical Chemistry of the TU Wien, which has key competences in environmental analytics and the physical chemistry of surfaces. The unique focus of the new group on the chemical composition and physico-chemical properties of ultrafine aerosol particles in environments representative for the future urban atmosphere will complement other activities of the Faculty. Working closely with Prof. Hinrich Grothe and Prof. Anne Kasper-Giebl, this should foster a vibrant research environment covering a wide range of aerosol related topics, from source apportionment to the influence of different materials on atmospheric processes. Thereby, the group should ultimately aim to link the gained understanding of the most relevant processes in urban nanoparticle formation to atmospheric modeling but also to the urban planning and construction engineering communities, i.e. working closely with other Faculties of the TU Wien finding solutions for urban climate and air pollution mitigation and adaptation strategies.

We welcome applicants with a strong background in experimental secondary organic aerosols focusing on novel measurement and analysis techniques. We encourage applications of researchers with excellent track record and experience in navigating multiple collaborations within an exciting multi-disciplinary environment.