The Institute of Advanced Research in Artificial Intelligence (IARAI) in Vienna is advancing basic and applied research in Artificial intelligence and is building a unique environment of world-class researchers and industrial-scale real-world data openly shared with the scientific community.

Critical analyses and fundamental studies seek novel insights that shape the future of our society. Key areas of research include:

  • World Simulation – We train in simulators by reinforcement learning or other meta-learning strategies to study climate change models, smart cities, sustainable mobility, fleet management, etc.
  • Prediction through Description – We investigate the reliability and interpretability of modern machine learning models. We focus on high-impact questions such as predicting patterns in urban traffic or large-scale rainfall, assessing climate change, biomedical image classification, and helping discover new drugs.
  • A Theory of AI – We work towards a rigorous understanding of the success of the latest ‘black-box’ algorithms that are also intuitive to humans.

Unique Opportunities

We take a proudly interdisciplinary approach to bring together top talent from complementary fields, combining in-depth domain knowledge in AI, simulation, and geospatial analysis from academia and industry. All our research is open and published. Contact us to contribute and join us. We organize and sponsor scientific visits, research exchanges, multi-month thematic focus programmes, and academic competitions such as Traffic4cast at NeurIPS.

Currently we invite applications for Research Group Leader

All applications have to include:

  • a full academic curriculum vitae,
  • a concise statement of research interests (up to five pages) where you can outline your research plans.

The Role of a Research Leader entails:

  • Establish and pursue an internationally recognized, freely chosen, program of ambitious and innovative research,
  • Build, manage, and develop a small team of scientists and students, with the potential to expand in the future,
  • Foster mutually beneficial relationships and collaborations at IARAI, other academic institutions, and the wider community.

What we are looking for:

  • Outstanding researchers, with proven research skills and a strong track record, who would head a group and lead its research direction.
  • Highly motivated, self-driven, and inspired thinkers, prepared to take risks in identifying and addressing important scientific problems.
  • Minimum requirements are a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or related field.
  • Willingness to acquire external funding is welcome but it is not essential (the job post is not project-based)
  • Strong leadership complemented by the ability to collaborate.

What you can expect:

  • the freedom to pursue your ground-breaking academic research,
  • the stimulating atmosphere conducive to the development of science,
  • possibility  to collaborate with other world-leading scientific partners
  • our generous remuneration packages that include comprehensive family health care, substantial pension plans (EU-wide), relocation support, etc.


In the Heart of Europe

We work right in the city center of Vienna, next to a public park, shared bike terminals, metro, and train stations. The airport is just 15 minutes by direct train. Come visit us!

Living and working in Vienna benefits from the outstanding services provided by the city and the state (strong public health service, exemplary public transport, …). There moreover is a wide range of recreation opportunities in easy reach, within the city or in the Vienna Woods, the Burgenland lake district, and the Semmering alpine mountain range. Together with the rich and varied cultural choices on offer, they contribute to the high value of leisure time in Vienna. Residents form a very international community – about two in five of the 1.9 million people living here came from abroad. The outstanding quality of life that attracts people to Vienna is regularly reflected in international studies, which consistently rank Vienna within the top three cities for general quality of life worldwide (Vienna TourismMercer Consulting) and as a leading smart city (Roland Berger).

The IARAI is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

Scientists do not need a work permit in Austria. A residency permit is required but granted automatically for researchers at universities and institutes.

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