DCAFM-Doctoral College Advanced Functional Materials

The Doctoral College Advanced Functional Materials (DCAFM) provides doctoral education at the highest international level on the synthesis, characterization, analysis and theoretical description of novel functional materials, ranging from low-dimensional materials with exotic electronic and optical properties to soft matter systems with tailored mechanical responses to external stimuli.

DCAFM is a topical college in the Vienna Doctoral School in Physics (VDSP).

The faculty of the DCAFM consists of members of the Faculties of Physics and Chemistry of the University of Vienna with complementary backgrounds in diverse fields of materials science. Currently, the college has about 50 doctoral fellows.



17 - 22 July 2024, Villa Monastero, Varenna, Italy

Enrich your knowledge on topology in soft and hard matter. Registration is open until 26 April.


The 2nd DCAFM PhD retreat will be held from 29 - 31 January 2024 in Laa an der Thaya.


The first DCAFM PhD retreat will be held from 1 - 3 February 2023 in Semmering.


11 - 22 July 2022, ESI - University of Vienna

Learn more about modern ML approaches to discover new materials. Registration is open until 26 April.


Doctoral College Advanced Functional Materials: Fully funded PhD positions at the University of Vienna