University assistant predoctoral (in German: Universitätsassistent:in) (all genders welcome)

Universität Klagenfurt Veröffentlicht: 7. Februar 2024
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria
Kennung / Referenznummer
Reference code: 19/24
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The University of Klagenfurt, with approximately 1,500 employees and over 12,000 students, is located in the Alps-Adriatic region and consistently achieves excellent placements in rankings. The motto “per aspera ad astra” underscores our firm commitment to the pursuit of excellence in all activities in research, teaching and university management. The principles of equality, diversity, health, sustainability and compatibility of work and family life serve as the foundation for our work at the university.

The University of Klagenfurt (Department of Smart Systems Technologies) and Silicon Austria Labs GmbH jointly operate the Ubiquitous Sensing (USE) Lab and are pleased to announce the following open position at the Department of Smart Systems Technologies, Faculty of Technical Sciences, at the earliest possible date:

University assistant predoctoral (in German: Universitätsassistent:in)
(all genders welcome)

Employment level: 100 %

Minimum salary: € 50,103.20 gross per year; classification according to collective agreement: B 1

Limited to: 3 years

Application deadline: March 13, 2024

Reference code: 19/24

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Contribution to USE Lab research programme in collaboration with Silicon Austria Labs and national and international partners
  • Independent research activity with the aim of writing a dissertation within three years
  • Collaboration in administrative and organizational tasks of the USE Lab
  • Collaboration in the public relations activities of the USE Lab

Prerequisites for the appointment:

  • Completed master's or diploma degree in electrical engineering, information technology, telematics, physics or a related technical field of study at a domestic or foreign university with good academic record and correspondingly very good knowledge in the area of responsibility of the position to be filled
  • Interest in the simulation and realization of hardware components for future robotic systems
  • Programming skills in at least one of Matlab, C/C++, Python, ROS
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • High motivation, independence, social and communication skills

Additional desired qualifications:

  • Experience in at least one of the following areas:
    • Sensor and actuator technology in robotics
    • Modeling and simulation of sensor and actuator systems, e.g. using FEM
    • Model- and/or data-driven signal processing
    • Optimization methods
    • Experience with MEMS and/or heterogeneous integration
    • Experience with additive manufacturing processes
  • Relevant scientific publications

Our offer:

The employment contract is concluded with a starting salary of € 3,578.80 gross per month (14x per year; previous experience deemed relevant to the job can be recognized in accordance with the collective agreement).

The University of Klagenfurt also offers:

  • Personal and professional advanced training courses, management and career coaching, including bespoke training for women in science
  • Numerous attractive additional benefits, see also
  • Diversity- and family-friendly university culture
  • The opportunity to live and work in the attractive Alps-Adriatic region with a wide range of leisure activities in the spheres of culture, nature and sports

With over 10,000 students, the University of Klagenfurt is a young, lively and innovative university that also offers the highest quality of life thanks to its location in the heart of the Alps-Adriatic region.

The Ubiquitous Sensing Lab is integrated into the joint research focus of the Faculty of Technical  Sciences in the field of "Networked and Autonomous Systems" with application areas such as multi-robot and UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) systems, smart grids, traffic systems, intelligent automation and production systems or telecommunications as well as in the Sensor Systems Division at Silicon Austria Labs and therefore offers extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation beyond the laboratory boundaries.

The USE Lab addresses key issues related to sensor systems for future robotics applications. In particular, the lab investigates novel additively manufactured electronic components for robots (sensors, actuators, power supply, bendable and stretchable electrical connections, ...) in connection with the "ubiquitous sensing" approach, i.e. a massive "sensorization" of robots, automation systems and intelligent environments. Biological systems serve as a model here; for example, humans have around 109-1011 million receptors in their bodies. It is therefore obvious that future robotic systems will only be able to perform similarly complex tasks as humans if they also have a similarly high number of sensors. Using modular sensor solutions, especially for soft robotics, sustainable sensor solutions and new system concepts for robot applications (integrated wiring, energy harvesting, ...), new scientific findings on the advantages of "ubiquitous sensing", e.g. in the areas of human-robot interaction, active assisted living, service robotics, manipulation of non-rigid objects, interaction in unstructured, confusing environments and active perception are expected.

The USE-Lab is organized in two research tracks. The research track RT1 "Sensor System Integration and Fabrication" will close the gap along the value chain between sensor and integration technology and the use of these technologies in robotics and autonomous systems. Through the close connection to RT2, this bridge will enable a faster transition from laboratory experiments to concrete applications in the future.  RT1 will investigate the application of new technologies and materials in additive manufacturing as well as the integration and fabrication of sensor and actuator systems utilizing technologies of printed electronics for functional layers for thin, flexible (bendable) and/or stretchable sensors and hybrid systems of integrated circuit ("chips") and printed electronics. The integration of printed energy harvester and energy storage components will also be of interest for future systems.

The research track RT2 "Sensor Modeling, Simulation and Optimal Design" will focus on model-based approaches for sensor development and optimization, thus realizing sensor system solutions for robotics applications utilizing integration and fabrication technologies investigated in RT 1. The integration and production technologies investigated in RT1 are used for this purpose. In addition, semantic representations and annotations of sensor data, which are of high relevance for the efficient utilization of sensor data in large scale ubiquitous sensing scenarios, are considered. Novel concepts and theories for low-power smart sensors and sensor networks including wireless communication, advanced signal processing (both model-based and machine learning based) and advanced pre-evaluation of sensor data are investigated. A particular focus is on partially or fully autonomous operation, which is advantageous in robotics and autonomous systems. Realistic simulation environments comprise and address different levels of integration including communication and pre-processing of data (on chip, package & system level). The university’s research topic "Robust Sensor Design and Optimization" forms an ideal basis for the simulations to be carried out in the USE Lab RT2. 

The application:

If you are interested, please apply in German or English with the usual documents:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae (with clear information about the degrees including date/place/grade, the experience acquired, the thesis title, the list of publications if any, and any other relevant information)
  • Proof of all completed higher education programmes (certificates, transcripts of courses, supplements, if applicable)
  • Reports on the Diploma or Master's thesis
  • If available, any additional certificates that can prove the fulfilment of the required and desired qualifications listed above (e.g., certificates of successful completion of methods courses, language skills certificates etc.)

This position serves the professional and scientific education of graduates of a master's or diploma programme with the aim of completing a doctorate/Ph.D. programme in technical sciences (Dr. techn). Applications from persons who already hold a doctorate or Ph.D. in a relevant subject can therefore not be considered.

Applications can only be submitted in the >> job portal <<.

Candidates must provide proof that they meet the required qualifications by April 17 2024, at the latest.

Further information on this specific vacancy can be found at For further information please contact Prof. DI Dr. Hubert Zangl (, Tel.: +43 463/2700-3562).  General information about the university as an employer can be found at . At the University of Klagenfurt, recruitment and staff matters are accompanied not only by the authority responsible for the recruitment procedure but also by the Equal Opportunities Working Group and, if applicable, by the Representative for Disabled Persons.

The University of Klagenfurt aims to increase the proportion of women and therefore expressly encourages qualified women to apply. Women with equal qualifications will be given priority.

People with disabilities or chronic diseases, who fulfil the requirements, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Travel and accommodation costs incurred during the application process will not be refunded.

Translations into other languages shall serve informational purposes only. Solely the version advertised in the University Bulletin (Mitteilungsblatt) shall be legally binding.


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