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Doctoral Programme
"Mathematical Logic in Computer Science"

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In addition to their academic qualifications, students are expected to show evidence of their interest in the course and research programme, as well as an understanding of the demands of postgraduate study programme.

Call for Application:

Continuous filling, starting from Sept 10, 2010
Ultimate closing March 15, 2011
The original call for application can be found here (german version).

The programme is interdisciplinary and fosters the application of Mathematical Logic to Computer Science; two envisaged key application areas are

Candidates must have an MSc or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or related fields, and an excellent record of study. They should have solid basic knowledge in logic, discrete mathematics, and computer science; knowledge in fields targeted in the program is desired.

Each PhD student position is funded for three years (regular employment contract with full social benefits). The yearly salary ranges from a minimum of 12,724 Euro to 25,915 Euro before taxes, depending on cofunding via associated projects.

Applications are solicited starting immediately, and will be considered starting from September 10, 2010, until all positions are filled, but no longer than March 15, 2011.

For additional information, please send an email to please look at the image.

Application Details:

What is the knowledge that applicants should have?

Applicants should have basic knowledge in mathematical logic, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science and preferably in fields targeted in the program.

Admission Process

Admission is based on a competitive examination of the applicants, guaranteeing a high level of quality. After a first screening of applications, shortlisted students will be contacted for interviews. Austrian residents will be invited for face-to-face interviews, applicants from abroad will have video-conference or phone interviews. The outcome of the interviews forms the basis for the final acceptance.

Who is Eligible?

The Doctoral Programme is open for national and international students (not limited to the European Union). The Vienna University of Technology invites applicants from all countries to this Doctoral Programme. Furthermore, 50% of the positions are reserved for female applicants. Qualified female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have obtained a master's degree with distinction (or equivalent excellent results).

All deadlines and other important dates are available on the Doctoral Programme intro page.

How to Apply

All information provided in the application form must be accurate and complete. In case of any subsequent corrections please contact the Administration of the Doctoral Programme and DO NOT submit the form a second time. If we receive two or more application forms from the same person, we will not consider any of them.

All correspondence will be made via e-mail using the e-mail address you have specified in the online application form. Please check your e-mails regularly and keep your mailbox ready to receive.

All application documents, except the hard-copy of your application form, have to be handed in electronically, via e-mail to please look at the image.

Application Form

Please download the application form and follow the instructions below. Additional information on how to fill out the application form is available on this page and in the PDF form.

How to submit your application:

The hard copy of the application form has to be handed in in addition to the digital files.


- STEP 1

E-mail your application form, together with all required documents to please look at the image. The subject must be "DK2010" (without quotes!).

Attach 2 separate PDF files as follows:

- form.pdf = application form (Important: The application form has to be filled out electronically and saved in PDF format. This version does not have to be signed in any way. We can not accept scanned versions because the application form will be processed electronically.)

- documents.pdf = all other required application documents (as stated below). The order of the documents contained in this attachment (documents.pdf) has to be as follows:

  1. Evidence of prior achievement: Degree certificate (Master degree or higher) of a post-secondary education institution, including course transcripts and an explanation of the grading system/s used in these degree certificate/s
  2. Abstract of diploma / master thesis
  3. CV
  4. Motivation letter: Explaining why prospective students wish to study at the Vienna University of Technology, and why he/she wants to do a PhD
  5. At least two letters of recommendation
    (At least one of your referees should have a scientific background. Otherwise we have no further guidelines regarding letters of recommendation.)
  6. Certificate of English language proficiency
    (see below for details)
  7. Scan of the applicant's passport
    (only the pages with picture and personal data)
  8. Officially certified transcripts of degree certificate/s (only for NON-EU-citizens (excl. Swiss nationals))
  9. Optional: Research proposal
    detailing objective of research and methodological approach

Please merge all these documents (except the application form) into a single PDF file and name this PDF file with "documents.pdf". The file size should not exceed 5 MB. Do not attach additional files. If the subject and the file names were correct, you will receive an automatically generated confirmation email. Please recheck the names of the files and the used subject, if you do not receive such an email.


- STEP 2

Return your application form (containing your hand-written signature) IN HARD COPY to the Administration of the Doctoral Programme "Mathematical Logic in Computer Science".


Upon request you must be able to provide us with all the original documents within 10 days.

English Language Proficiency

Non-native English speakers need to ensure that their English proficiency meets the Doctoral Programme's requirements. Therefore, candidates need to demonstrate an adequate level of English language that will enable them to benefit fully from their courses.

The Doctoral Programme accepts the following tests/scores for English language qualifications:

These tests are NOT required of native English speakers, or if the primary language of instruction at the university attended was English.

Students with higher English scores (IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 580/237/88, CAE A) will be preferred. However, command of the English language can be proven in many ways, depending on a student's prior education. In this case, any certificates, diplomas, etc. a student has obtained should be handed in as a part of the application documents. Nevertheless, the TOEFL/IELTS/CAE tests are strongly recommended for students of the Doctoral Programme.

Applicants' adequate level of English language will also be surveyed during the application interviews (see above). In case of insufficient language qualifications, students may hand in their certificates of English language proficiency by the end of the first study year.

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