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About me

I am a theoretical physicist working at the University of Graz in the Solid State Theory division of the Institute of Physics since 2012. My research deals with ab-initio electronic structure methods and I am teaching various courses a the Bachelor's and Master's level in physics. Currently, I am also chairman of the Curricula Commitee responsible for the physics study programmes at the University of Graz.

University Education

1999 Diploma, Physics (Dipl. Ing.), TU Graz, Austria
2002 Doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Graz, Advisor: Claudia Draxl
2010 Habilitation in Theoretical Physics, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria




Offer for a chair in Theoretical Physics, University of Linz (declined)


Research Prize for Simulation and Modelling (Steiermark, Austria)


Dr. Karl-Heinz Seeger Prize of the Austrian Physical Society


PhD scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences


Professional Experience

2014- Associate Professor for Theoretical Physics, Institute of Physics, University of Graz, Austria
2018-22 Spokesperson of the FWF/DFG DACH-project "Exploring the Foundations of Photoemission Tomography"
2014- Head of the Curricula-Commission “Physics” at the University of Graz and Erasmus-Coordinator for incoming and outgoing physics students
2012-14 Assistant Professor for Theoretical Physics, Institute of Physics, University of Graz, Austria
2005-12 University Assistant (with Claudia Draxl) at the Chair for Atomistic Modelling and Design of Materials, Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria)
2003-05 PostDoc, University of Technology Graz, Institute of Thermal Engineering (Prof. W. Streicher)


Publication Metrics

Peter Puschnig is co-author of more than 140 publications with a total number of citations of about 4800, according to Web of Science (6500, according to Google Scholar). His h-Index is 39 according to Web of Science, and 45 according to Google Scholar.

Teaching Activities and Support of Young Scientists

Lectures for physics students in Graz (since 2012):  Atom-, Molecular and Solid State Physics (10x), Computational Physics (5x), Computational Physics 2 (2x), Differential- and Integral Calculus (4x), Fundamentals of Electronic Structure Theory (8x), Mathematical Methods 1+2 (5x), Programming in Physics (6x), Vector Analysis (3x). 

Supervision of students (since 2012): Supervision of 17 Bachelor’s Theses, 10 Diploma and Master’s Theses and 12 doctoral students (7 completed) and 2 PostDocs. Currently, I am supervising 4 doctoral students and 2 master students.

Assoz. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.

Peter Puschnig

Institut für Physik
Phone:+43 316 380 - 5230

Fr 11:00 - 12:00 und nach Vereinbarung (e-mail)

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