Please do note that an agreement on the supervision of a doctoral thesis does not necessarily imply an employment at TU Wien! If you plan on being employed at TU Wien for your research work, make sure to ask about employment possibilities when looking for a supervisor.
There are basically three different types of employment. These are:
- University assistant (Universitätsassisteninnen und Universitätsassistenten)
- Project assistant (Projektassisteninnen und Projektassistenten)
- Within a doctoral school (Kollegiat)
They are directly employed and paid by the TU Wien. Currently the university closes contracts for 30 hours employment per week for four years. This contract is not renewed after these four years. It is possible to be employed as a project assistant afterwards.
The contract of university assistants implies research as well as education. The educational part includes giving lectures, supervising students, helping in the lab, etc.
Project Assistants are paid by a project, often the FWF (Austrian Science Fund) or a company. Their contract only implies research for the project. They only have to teach if both the doctoral candidate and the project partner agree. The doctoral candidate will not get paid extra for teaching, only the project will be refunded by the university.
The salary and the number of hours per week you are employed depend on the project partner. The FWF currently closes contracts for 30 hours per week.
You should pay attention that your contract is closed for at least three years. A renew of the contract is possible up to six years (or eight years for part time employment).
At TU Wien several doctoral schools exist. They educate young researchers to their doctoral degree. Doctoral candidates within a doctoral school are usually employed for 15 to 30 hours per week. Within this time the candidate has to research on their topic as well as visit further education. In several cases the doctoral candidate is further employed by TU Wien for some hours of teaching. The contract is usually closed for three years; in some exceptions a prolongation for a further year is possible. Candidates of a doctoral school have to attend additional courses which extend the curricular part.
Due to the collective bargaining agreement a doctoral candidate will earn for a 40 hours per week employment 2.929,00 € before taxes (~1.977 € after taxes) (January 2019). The salary is raised after three years, earlier if you have been employed in a scientific field before. This does not include employment as a study assistant or tutor (everything before you finished your master degree).
Vice rector for human resources and gender. Check the German version for further information.
There is also the possibility to get funding from federal aids or grants to financially support your research work. You can find more information about that topic on our Funding page.