Professor - Mechanics, Mechatronics

School/Institution:Vienna University of Technology, Austria, Vienna

Discipline: Mechanics, Mechatronics

Employment Type:Full-time


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University Professor for the specialist field of Technical Dynamics

Job Description

Technische Universität Wien, generally referred to as TU Wien, is located in the heart of Europe, a place where one can experience cultural diversity and international life. Research, teaching and learning have been conducted here in the service of progress for 200 years. TU Wien is amongst Europe's most successful universities of technology and, with over 30,000 students and a staff of about 5,200, is Austria's largest scientific and engineering research and education institution.

The professorship of Technical Dynamics is assigned to the research focus "Computational Science and Engineering" in the development plan of the TU Wien. The field of work of the future position holder should be in the area of ​​"Modeling and Simulation", with a focus on nonlinear dynamical systems and the respective theory of stability. Emphasis shall be also put on interdisciplinary questions of mechanical engineering.

In addition to the development of methods for the analysis and optimization of complex nonlinear mechanical and mechatronic systems, in particular of application-oriented mathematical-mechanical methods for the treatment of dynamic stability problems, the development of a new laboratory for research and teaching is expected from the professorship. Moreover, the research activities in the field of technical dynamics are to be synergetically strengthened through cooperation with other research areas of the institute and the faculty.

The duties of a university professor at TU Wien include, in addition to research, teaching activities (in German and in English) in the bachelor, master and PhD programmes as well as collaboration in management of the institute and the faculty.

The teaching commitments include:

  • Compulsory courses in the fundamentals of technical mechanics (contributing to the design and further development of existing courses)
  • Machine Dynamics (on Bachelor and Master level)
  • Development of advanced elective courses in the fields of vibration theory and nonlinear dynamic systems

Your profile:

  • Completed doctoral or PhD studies corresponding to the deployment described from a domestic or equivalent foreign university or research institution
  • The qualification for lecturing (venia docendi) acquired at a domestic or equivalent foreign university or an academic qualification recognised as equivalent to qualification as a university lecturer with scientific and didactic competence in the field of technical dynamics
  • High research competence and reputation in a current field of technical dynamics (in particular nonlinear stability theory), whereby a research-context to mechatronics is desirable
  • Scientific reputation, proven by publications in internationally renowned scientific journals in the field of technical dynamics (list of publications and supplement of the 5-8 most important publications), patents (list of patents), scientific lectures (list of invited lectures), editorial and expert work, organization of conferences, etc.
  • Pedagogic or didactic qualification for academic teaching in the field of technical dynamics, in German and in English, evidenced by a list of the university courses held so far, including university didactic advanced training courses and activities.
  • Experience in the supervision of scientific work of students, such as diploma and master theses as well as dissertations, evidenced by a list of the supervised works
  • Relevant joint research experience with national and international reputation as well as the ability to form networks, proven e.g. by extended relevant stays abroad or through cooperation with foreign universities and research institutions
  • Experience in the acquisition, execution and management of research projects (evidence must be provided for function, project volume, contractor or sponsor, duration, project leader or number of full-time equivalent employees when managing the project)
  • The ability and willingness to manage a research division or a research group
  • Ideally, the prospective position holder has social and gender competence or experience in the promotion of young researchers and the advancement of female students/colleagues/employees
  • Very good knowledge of German (native language or certified GER level C2) and excellent written and spoken English skills.
  • Continuous on-site presence (focus of life in the greater Vienna) is expected

We offer:

  • Excellent working conditions in an attractive research environment
  • Attractive compensation combined with a supplemental retirement pension from the employer
  • Financial support of research activities in the first years (equipment endowment, etc.); support in moving to Vienna (if required)
  • Dual career advice (if required): We offer partners of the university professors appointed to TU Wien various support opportunities tailored to their individual situation
  • A cooperative environment in a city with an extraordinary high quality of life

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management offers excellent working conditions in an attractive, promising field of research. In autumn 2014, the Institute of Mechanics and Mechatronics moved into a completely renovated building with modern equipment. In the next  one or two years, the institute will also receive new workshops and laboratories to be built in the immediate vicinity of the offices. This will enable the institute to play an active role in the construction of a new laboratory. In addition, there is already a large number of joint projects with various partners from science and industry; the institute is also active in Christian Doppler laboratories and other excellence programs. The willingness to cooperate with other research groups, especially within the framework of these programmes, is therefore expected.

TU Wien is committed to increase female employment in leading scientific positions. Female candidates are explicitly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given when equally qualified.

People with special needs are equally encouraged to apply. In case of any questions, please contact the confidant for disabled persons at the university (contact:

Classification in the A1 category of the collective bargaining agreement for employees of universities and a full-time minimum salary of EUR 73,438.40 gross annual is provided for. A higher salary depending on qualifications and experience is categorically a subject of appointment negotiations.

Applications must include the following documents:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae (including professional and academic biography)
  • Motivation letter
  • Presentation of previous academic activities as well as a survey of research and development projects carried out and of funding raised
  • A list of publications and of teaching and lecturing activities
  • Copies of the 5-8 most important publications in regard to the position announced
  • A list of teaching activities
  • Research and teaching concept with considerations on the future positioning and further development of the field of Technical Dynamics at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management as well as at the Institute of Mechanics and Mechatronics including a suitable laboratory concept.

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