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  • 6 TRACKS of Scientific Study

    Explore, learn, and grow within our six research tracks led by outstanding scientists

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  • Join IST Austria

    • Fully-funded PhD & intern positions
    • Interdisciplinary program
    • Cutting-edge research
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    • English-taught program
    • International community
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    • Support & development services


    Why IST Austria 


Our program uniquely fosters, excites and educates students through broad, curiosity-driven research.

Our PhD students’ and faculty’s dedication to excellence and innovation shapes the future of science.


  • Unparalleled Research
  • Pioneers of Science as Faculty
  • Student-Centered Approach
  • Interdisciplinary Program

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Meet our PHd Students

Claudia Espinoza


The ISTernship Research Experience

Three ISTerns share their unique experience at IST Austria.

Join the ISTernship summer program and gain hands-on experience working on cutting-edge research projects!

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Frozen: Cutting-edge technology reveals structures within cells

New methods enable scientists at IST Austria to take a look at the innermost of cells: high-resolution images of deep-frozen cells show structures that previously could only be guessed at.

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Bend, don’t break: new tool enables economic glass design

Computer scientists develop a design tool that opens up the use of a cost-efficient technology for curved glass panels. The tool is based on a deep neural network and allows for the free-form design of beautiful glass façades.

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Two ERC Starting Grants for IST Professors Julian Fischer and Scott Waitukaitis

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) two grants for frontier research set to improve our understanding of understanding of tribocharging and explore the role of randomness in multiscale problems in physics and mechanics.

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