The CoQuS Program

The Vienna Graduate Program on Complex Quantum Systems (CoQuS) offers graduate education through intense research training and advanced courses in theoretical and experimental quantum science.

It provides the opportunity for highly gifted students to obtain a broad and interdisciplinary education and to prove themselves in cutting edge research.

University of ViennaVienna University of TechnologyInstitute of Science & Technology

Quantum Nanophysics
(Prof. Arndt) 

Quantum Optics Theory
(Prof. Rabl) 
Quantum Integrated Devices
(Prof. Fink) 
Quantum Micromechanics
(Prof. Aspelmeyer) 
Microscale Quantum Optics 
(Prof. Rauschenbeutel) 
Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 
(Prof. Lemeshko) 
Theory of Quantum Foundations 
(Prof. Brukner) 
Non-Hermitian Quantum Physics and Photonics
(Prof. Rotter) 
Relativistic Quantum Information
(Prof. Fuentes)  
Cold atoms and Atom Chips 
(Prof. Schmiedmayer) 
Many-body Quantum Theory 
(Prof. Verstraete) 
Quantum Metrology 
(Prof. Schumm) 
Quantum Information Science and Quantum Computation
(Prof. Walther) 
THz Quantum Cascade Lasers and Quantum Dots 
(Prof. Unterrainer) 
Quantum Information and Foundation of Physics 
(Prof. Zeilinger) 

Coqus faculty members and Coqus associated faculty members will serve as thesis supervisors. 

The doctoral program is closely linked to several FWF funded and ERC excellence programs, to the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, to several European networks and many international collaboration projects. 


Your Benefits 

Employment details

The Vienna graduate program CoQuS provides financial support for up to three years. Doctoral students admitted to the CoQuS program will have a regular employment at their hosting university.  
The employment includes:

  • A gross salary around 2000€/month (this includes tax & health benefits)
  • A tuition waiver

Career development

The CoQuS graduate program provides support for

  • Travel to scientific work shops, schools and conferences
  • Exchange program to international partner universities 
  • Transferable skills training & language courses

English is the language of communication in the CoQuS program.  

About Vienna

The city of Vienna lies at the geographical heart of Europe. It regularly tops the Quality of Living Rankings and offers a rich cultural programme.

Founded in 1365, the University of Vienna, is one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe. It is Alma Mater to more than 90.000 students. For more than 200 years, TU Wien has been a place of research, teaching and learning in the service of progress. TU Wien is among the most successful technical universities in Europe.

Both institutions have been shaped by many great students and scientists among them Christian Doppler, Josef Loschmidt, Josef Stefan, Ernst Mach, Ludwig Boltzmann, Lise Meitner, Victor Franz Hess, Erwin Schrödinger, Viktor Kaplan, Alexander Meissner and Heinz Zemanek. They are connected to a large number of leading institutions world-wide and have been awarded many prestigious research grants.

Selection criteria

The number of places in this excellence program is limited. The faculty members will select new students according to their academic excellence,  scientific achievements and expected potential for future research.

We seek to increase the percentage of women in physics. The CoQuS faculty therefore explicitly encourages qualified female students to apply.

Candidates interested in working in one of the CoQuS research groups are invited to put forward an application in the course of the CoQuS Calls.

Both Internal (i.e. candidates from the two universities which are affiliated to the CoQuS program) and external candidates (i.e. candidates from universities which are not affiliated to the CoQuS programme) are refered to the following website containing more detailed information on the CoQuS applications.