Professor for Soft Materials.

In accordance with § 94 Sec. 2 subpara. 1 of the Austrian Universities Act, the Linz Institute of Technology (LIT) at the Johannes Kepler University Linz announces a faculty opening for a University Professor for Soft Materials

The Linz Institute of Technology (LIT) at the Johannes Kepler University Linz invites applications for a tenured professorship position under private law for a Professor of Soft Materials to begin immediately. The appointment is in accordance with § 98 of the Austrian Universities Act.

The position’s core responsibility includes representing the subject area of "Soft Materials" in research, teaching, continuing education, and acquiring external funding. The research area of "Soft Materials" is a focal point at the Department of Soft Matter Physics at the Institute of Experimental Physics. The new professorship position shall be allocated to the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the Johannes Kepler University.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct outstanding high-quality and internationally visible research. Ideally, the successful candidate will inspire new momentum in conducting research in imperceptible, ultra-flexible and stretchable electronics. The successful candidate will combine and/or develop new materials and systems based on, for example, organic and inorganic semiconductors, ultra-thin oxides, as well as biocompatible and/or biodegradable materials. In the foreground - and as part of the research context - the successful candidate will pursue intra- and inter-university cooperation, networking and collaboration with leading research groups that have complementary expertise in Austria and abroad. Ideally, the applicant has already been successful in acquiring internationally competitive external funding at the level of a European Research Council (ERC) Grant and will bring these funds to the position.

Key Facts


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Siegfried Bauer
+43 732 2468 9760

Terms of Employment

§ 98 UG, Full-Time

Application Deadline

April 26, 2018

Send applications to

Further Information

The professorship’s fields of research should combine several of the following:

  • Soft and stretchable electronics
  • Soft robotics, soft machines
  • Imperceptible electronics, photonics and sensors
  • Bio-electronic devices and sensors
  • Tough hydrogels and systems thereof
  • Electronic skins and sensors
  • Biocompatible and/or biodegradable elastomers, polymers and devices
  • Organic and hybrid semiconductors and devices
  • Perovskite-based flexible solar cells and light emitting devices
  • Metal-oxide based flexible devices and circuits

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a medium-term strategy designed to advance the JKU to a leading international position in these fields of research and innovation. The successful candidate should pursue extensive collaboration with institutes in the fields of physics, chemistry, computer science, mechatronics as well as with medical research groups.

Applicants for the position must have a relevant habilitation or an equivalent postdoctoral qualification. The successful candidate is expected to actively contribute to research and curricula at the JKU as well as to independent academic self-governing and administration.

See:  for a detailed description of the position. If you have any questions about the position, please contact Univ. Prof. Dr. Siegfried Bauer (+43 732 2468 9760,

A salary above the minimum amount as stated in the collective agreement will be voluntarily offered. Depending on the current position (present salary), the annual gross salary will be between € 80,000 and € 100,000 (minimum salary as stated in the collective agreement plus voluntary additional payments).

The Johannes Kepler University wishes to increase the proportion of academic female faculty and, for this reason, especially welcomes applications by qualified women. If applicants are equally qualified, a woman will be given preference for this position. The university welcomes applications from qualified applicants who have physical disabilities. These applications will be given special consideration.

Prospective applicants interested in the position are requested to electronically send a complete application in adherence to the stated criteria in the job profile, together with the requested documentation to the Rector of the Johannes Kepler University Linz ( by April 26, 2018. If documents cannot be sent electronically, they are to be sent in quintuplet copy and should arrive at the Rector’s office no later than one week after the end of the application deadline.