What does a theoretical astrophysicist do

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Job characteristics

In theoretical physics, physicists try to explain natural phenomena with the help of hypotheses. The basis for this are mathematical Methods and Modelswith the help of which they try to derive new hypotheses and laws.

Theoretical physicists develop theories based on the findings of experimental and computer-aided physics. They bring the laws of nature to one another in mathematical-model relationships and unite them in comprehensive theories (e.g. quantum theory). As a final result, they strive for the “physical worldview”. If contradictions indicate inconsistencies, they also challenge hypotheses and more detailed investigations into experimental physics.

An interest in science and technology is required for the training as well

  • Scientific curiosity and creativity
  • Analytical thinking
  • Mathematical skill: calculations
  • Good fine motor skills for laboratory work
  • Spatial imagination

 

Many tasks require perseverance and a confident use of software tools (simulations, statistics). Knowledge of foreign languages ​​is important in research (literature, exchange of experts).

Career opportunities exist at universities as well as in technical-industrial applications (e.g. in research and development). While the career opportunities in theoretical physics are relatively limited, there are relatively good career prospects in various areas of application.

Other fields of work: Activity as a clerk for the processing of technical-scientific information. Expert (e.g. in the field of environmental protection, noise technology or energy supply) as well as patents and consulting.

The field of Neurophysics (Physics and Neurobiology), which deals experimentally with non-invasive and imaging methods such as magnetencephalography, positron emission tomography, functional nuclear magnetic resonance tomography and optical imaging.

Neurophysics deals with the question of how information is processed and stored in the brain. The aim is to gain a deeper understanding of how the human brain works as well as impulses for future hardware and software architectures.

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Degree programs from the area physics offer corresponding teaching content or specializations. There is also the degree program Meteorologye (Meteorology is part of geophysics).

Results from the training compass:
  • Carinthia
    • PhD - Doctoral Studies in Natural Sciences (open)
      Doctoral studies / PhD
      University of Klagenfurt - Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (open)
      9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Universitätsstrasse 65-67
      Tel .: +43 463 2700, https://www.aau.at/
    • PhD - Doctoral Program Technical Sciences (open)
      Doctoral studies / PhD
      University of Klagenfurt - Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (open)
      9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Universitätsstrasse 65-67
      Tel .: +43 463 2700, https://www.aau.at/
  • Upper Austria
    • PhD - Doctoral Studies in Natural Sciences (open)
      Doctoral studies / PhD
      University of Linz - Johannes Kepler University (open)
      4040 Linz - Auhof, Altenbergerstr. 69
      Tel .: +43 (0) 732/24 68 -3314, Fax: +43 (0) 732/24 68 -3300, https://www.jku.at/
      Art University Linz (open)
      4010 Linz, Hauptplatz 6
      Tel .: +43 (0) 732/78 98-0, https://www.ufg.at/
    • PhD - Doctoral Program Technical Sciences (open)
      Doctoral studies / PhD
      University of Linz - Johannes Kepler University (open)
      4040 Linz - Auhof, Altenbergerstr. 69
      Tel .: +43 (0) 732/24 68 -3314, Fax: +43 (0) 732/24 68 -3300, https://www.jku.at/
      Art University Linz (open)
      4010 Linz, Hauptplatz 6
      Tel .: +43 (0) 732/78 98-0, https://www.ufg.at/
  • Salzburg
    • PhD - Doctoral Studies in Natural Sciences (open)
      Doctoral studies / PhD
      University of Salzburg - Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (open)
      5020 Salzburg, Kapitelgasse 4-6