If you have a degree in chemistry, physics, materials science or similar and are fascinated by electrochemistry, corrosion or surface technology and its industrial applications, we look forward hearing from you at


We look forward to discussing the possibilities with you over a cup of coffee or two (or alternatively via Skype).

Your career at CEST: We at CEST are always interested in motivated students at bachelor and master level.
We are also happy to offer post-graduate opportunities for researchers with proven scientific experience.
Here you will find the job advertisements of CEST:

If there is nothing here for you, we are looking forward to receiving your unsolicited application!

CEST is Austria’s competence centre for applied electrochemistry and surface technology. We are a jointly industry-academia owned research institute (within the Austrian COMET scheme). Exam-ples for our projects are the postprocessing of 3D-printed parts, developing an artificial smell sensor, creation of functional surfaces for catalysis and electrochemical energy storage or the study of corrosive mechanisms on an atomic scale.

Our vision is to transform high-class research in the field of electrochemistry and surface tech-nology from lab to an industrial scale and enhance therefore the competitiveness of the Austrian and European industry.

To pursue our goal, we are currently searching for our site in Wiener Neustadt (Lower Austria) two

Junior Researchers (PhD-students) in Surface Technology

Topic 1: Graphen-based conversion layers
An exciting topic with a lot of innovative content, especially for the aviation industry. Areas of work are the chemical modification of graphene and graphene oxide as well as the analytical and electrochemical investigation of conversion layers for corrosion protection based on the graphene/graphene oxide material. For this topic, chemists who like both electrochemistry and or-ganic chemistry would be the ideal match.

Topic 2: Plasma electrolytic oxidation of steel surfaces
Plasma electrolytic oxidation is a surface modification process in which high voltages cause small discharges on the metal surface which lead to very hard and wear-resistant layers (solid-state gas reactions in the electrolyte). The aim of the project is to develop steel coatings for corrosion pro-tection based on this technology using environmentally friendly (organic) electrolytes. This project takes place in cooperation with Austrian industrial companies in the metal and coating sector.

Your qualification
  • Master’s degree in the field of chemistry/physics/material science or similar
  • Experience in scientific lab work (e.g. during internships or master thesis)
  • Ideally you have experience in writing a paper and/or present your work at a conference
  • You are eager to learn new things; you are ambitious and creative to pursue your goals together with our research team
  • You are proficient in English; ideally combined with knowledge of German
Your tasks
  • Work on the different tasks of the research project
  • Write your PhD thesis as part of this project
  • Develop your own ideas within the project and for future ones
  • Learn project management, funding acquisition and scientific communication
  • Represent your work and our institute and communicate with stakeholders from industry and academia at project meetings, workshops and conferences
What to expect from us

As a research institute we are searching for creative and enthusiastic colleagues who like to think outside the box. We provide various challenges and a high degree of autonomy in your work – we are convinced that the best ideas are created by providing an innovative and flexible work envi-ronment.
This position is of temporary nature (3 years with possible extension).
The minimum gross monthly salary according to the collective agreement is 2162.40 € (gross, 14 times a year). If you are interested in working with us, we would be glad to receive your application including your CV and references at!