Open Positions


Are you passionate about contributing to solutions for the pressing environmental problems of today and tomorrow? EDGE at the University of Vienna is offering exciting and challenging opportunities to be part of a leading research group in the academic field of organic and inorganic pollutants. Join our team and make a real impact in tackling some of today's most pressing environmental challenges.

Currently we have one open position in the field of PFAS Groundwater Contamination:

PhD / PostDoc Position
Do you want to contribute to solving one of the most pressing environmental problems related to water contamination? The University of Vienna offers an exciting opportunity to join a leading research group in the academic field of PFAS remediation in groundwater. Join our team and make an impact on the development of innovative sorption and degradation techniques for in-situ and on-site PFAS remediation.

How to Apply

Before writing your application, please read through this
guideline on how to write a good research application.

Applicants need to hold a degree that makes them eligible for a doctoral or Postdoc position or finish their studies within the next six months.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background and work experience in environmental geosciences, nanogeosciences, pollutant dynamics, isotope geochemistry, biogeochemistry environmental chemical analytics, or hydrogeology/ groundwater modelling.

If interested, please apply by sending a single PDF file including a one-page cover letter that describes your motivation for application, the group you are interested to work with, your detailed CV, a brief statement of technical skills, research experiences and interests, and contact information for at least two academic referees to

EDGE International PhD & PostDoc Program

Research Mission and Philosophy

EDGE seeks to solve pressing environmental problems of today and tomorrow through research, education, and public outreach. We are driven by the desire to understand the complexity of the environmental systems and to communicate our cutting-edge science to inform the public, industry, and politics. EDGE is part of the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science and has active collaborations with various international and national research groups which offers excellent and easily accessible research opportunities.

Who we are and what we do

We are an ambitious team of researchers that aim to conduct environmental systems research and training at the forefront of science. The main research topics at EDGE include nanogeosciences, pollutant dynamics, isotope geochemistry, biogeochemistry, environmental chemical analytics, and modern hydrogeology. EDGE takes an interdisciplinary approach to investigate aquatic and terrestrial processes that control the environment. Chemical, physical, biological, and geoscientific concepts and methods are applied in all research practices: starting from field observations and experimental work to arrive at a molecular scale mechanistic understanding and quantitative modelling.

The research and mentoring philosophy at EDGE strongly encourage collaboration and discussions among EDGE members and with other research groups. We do not regard research progress as complying to a fixed set of rules, but as a dynamic process propelled through reasoned argument and discussion.

Why should I join the EDGE team?

From young and dynamic to established and experienced - the EDGE team has it all.

A fundamental goal of graduate and postgraduate research training at EDGE is producing independent ideas-led scientists. Your time at EDGE should thus be a guide to independence.

  • Regular research meetings with all EDGE Hofmann or Krämer group members ensure vital opportunities for scientific exchange and discussion.
  • We will support you at all stages of writing, submitting, and revising scientific publications. A successful PhD will typically have published excellent manuscripts in the best international, peer-reviewed journals.
  • PhD students are members of the Doctoral School in Microbiology and Environmental Science.
  • We will help you in project development and chaperone you during your endeavor to raise own funds at latter stages of the PhD or Postdoc program.
  • We will promote your networking in the scientific community by enabling collaborations with international institutes and by supporting travel to international conferences.
  • We are part of the Environment and Climate Research Hub, a network connecting more than 200 scientists from the University of Vienna from all disciplines, from Philosophy, Politics or Social Sciences to Economy and the Natural Sciences.
  • Success in academia or industry requires more than technological skills. Being a scientist at EDGE provides ample opportunities to develop your communication and writing abilities and other transferable skills.
  • And last but not least...besides all the work and science, we also like to have a good time!

Get a personal Stipend

This is not mandatory for application to the PhD & Postdoc program, but we strongly encourage excellent candidates to look for external funding opportunities as shown but not limited to the options below. A personal stipend gives you additional independence by allocating your own research budget and travel funds. We will assist you to develop a joint research project and to apply for your own grant. Please indicate in your application for which stipends you would be eligible to apply and what would be the next deadline of application (check out the call information of the individual stipend options).

List of selected PhD and Postdoc stipends (please check out other fellowship opportunities from your home country):

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