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PhD-Student – University Assistant in Biomechanics

Open Position: PhD-Student – University Assistant in Biomechanics


We invite applications for a of a PhD Student – University Assistant position in experimental micro- and nano biomechanics. The position is set within a vibrant research group with a main focus on mechanics of individual collagen fibrils and micromechanics of collagen-rich tissues. The research project to be addressed is two-fold:

  • Further development of experimental testing devices for micro- and nanomechanical characterization of individual collagen fibrils and microscopic tissue samples. This is based on a unique mechanical testing device for nanoscale fibres.
  • Conducting scientific research on the mechanics of individual collagen-fibrils as well as micro-mechanics sections as a function of age, pathology or chemical modification. We have a number of ongoing research projects in this context such that this part will be shaped according to the interests of the applicant.

Further Tasks:

  • Writing of a dissertation on the topic of biomechanics of individual collagen fibrils
  • Participation in higher education teaching activities
  • Writing and participation in writing of scientific publications
  • Presentation of research results at scientific conferences


  • Completed Diploma- or MSc degree in the area of biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics or electrical engineering or an equivalent university degree
  • Knowledge / experience in the area of biomechanics
  • Knowledge / experience in computer programming
  • Aim to work on a dissertation towards a doctoral degree
  • German as native speaker or proof German language abilities of at least level B2 according to CEFR for participation in teaching activities
  • Of advantage are: experience in instrumentation, experience in Atomic Force Microscopy, experience with CAD, experience with Matlab experience with LabView, proficiency of English language

We offer:

  • Diverse and exciting work
  • Broad internal & external program for transferable skills as well as flexible working hours
  • Good accessibility via public transport
  • Additional benefits: Fringe-Benefit Katalog der TU Wien

For further information contact Philipp Thurner at philipp.thurner@tuwien.ac.at

To apply use this link: https://jobs.tuwien.ac.at/Job/145238 until March 4th 2021