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Education & TrainingResearch & Development reading time: 4 min publication date: 10.06.2024


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In 2024, the SAL Doctoral College will admit 18 new PhD students as part of the EU-supported CRYSTALLINE program. More than 400 young international researchers have already applied for these coveted positions.


The CRYSTALLINE program at the SAL Doctoral College (SAL-DC) is a significant initiative for training PhD students in the field of Electronics and Software-Based Systems (ESBS). Supported by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Cofund Actions (MSCA), this initiative offers 18 new training positions for PhD students this year. The close collaboration between Silicon Austria Labs and partner universities such as Graz University of Technology, University of Klagenfurt, and Johannes Kepler University Linz, along with other renowned international partners from industry, academia, and education, underscores the importance of this sought-after research initiative.

“We are thrilled by the multitude of international applications! The high interest in our exciting SAL-DC is a great affirmation of our commitment to fostering young talent,” reports Dr. Christina Hirschl, Managing Director of SAL.


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“Our PhD program offers tomorrow’s talents the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research and engage in an international network of science and industry. I am particularly pleased with the applications from across Europe and beyond. At SAL, diversity is a lived reality – diverse research is better research. Selecting from so many talented and motivated young researchers will certainly not be easy for us!”


- Managing Director Dr. Christina Hirschl

The second application phase for the remaining nine positions will begin this summer. The CRYSTALLINE program covers a broad range of topics, including power electronics, high-resolution microscopy for biological and medical applications, as well as 6G communication and AI-edge solutions. It thus offers PhD students the opportunity to engage in various interdisciplinary research fields and advance cutting-edge research.