Open PhD Position

The Center for Geometry and Computational Design runs the the Doctoral College “Computational Design”.

The Doctoral College Computational Design (DC:{CD}) at the TU Wien, embedded in the Center for Geometry and Computational Design, is the first PhD program in Austria that is situated at the interface of several areas of excellence in research: Computer Graphics and Algorithms, Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Computer Aided Automation, Discrete Mathematics and Geometry, Architectural Sciences, Art and Design, History of Art, Building Archaeology and Restoration, Interdisciplinary Construction Process Management and Mechanics of Materials and Structures.



Integrating Digital and Physical Design Methods

Topic Description

To allow for participation, design must not be static: it rather needs to be reactive and adaptive and should be implemented on a higher level, using advanced digital modelling techniques based on parametric and procedural modelling, simulation and optimisation. The main goal of the proposed project is to utilize the physical-scale model representation of the design as a universal interface to the detailed procedural digital model. An implementation will require a bidirectional information flow between the physical model and its procedural counterpart. Consequently, a sort of robotic CNC manipulator will be required to physically realize digital information, and advanced 3D-tracking and object-recognition techniques will be needed to feed user modifications to the physical model back to the digital domain. Augmented reality will be used to add an information layer to the abstract physical model.

This approach can be expected to change the way participative design projects are handled, and it will help facilitate an effortless and efficient communication of needs, design ideas, restrictions, consequences and the like.



This topic is supervised by a team of 3 supervisors. Lead supervisor is Christian Kern (Institute of Art and Design). Additional supervisors are Hannes Kaufmann (Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems) and Florian Rist (Institute of Art and Design).






The prerequisite for becoming a PhD student in the DC is a completed master degree or equivalent (e.g., Dipl.-Ing., Dipl.-Inf.), preferably with distinction, in the following fields:

• Architecture

• Civil engineering/structural engineering

• Computer science/informatics

• Mathematics

• Mechanical or industrial engineering

• Physics

Further fields of studies may be taken into account if the student has a similar qualification but from a distinct field, and is in general well-suited for the position in question. Typically, a Bachelor degree requires 180-240 ECTS credits and a Master’s degree additionally between 90-120 ECTS credits. Therefore, a Bachelor degree with a subsequent Master’s degree with a total of at least 300 ECTS credits will be considered as adequate in general.

Salary and Terms of Employment

• 25h/week employment as a PhD candidate for a period of 3 years

• gross salary is in the range of 1664.30 EUR per month (14x per year)


Further Information

For more information concerning the application, please contact Florian Rist.


The application deadline is January 11th 2017.

The following documents have to be submitted by the applicants:

• Certificate of finished master degree from a postsecondary education institution including course transcript. The submitted documents should be issued by the universities in English language or be available in a certified translation

• Short summary of the master/diploma thesis in English

• Curriculum Vitae

• Motivation letter

• Any certificate attesting knowledge of English language (TOEFL, IELTS or CAE). For native English speakers, or if the primary language of instruction at the university attended was English, no further certificate is needed. If the language of instruction was English, applicants have to submit a document confirming this.

• (If available) list of publications


Please send your application documents to TU Wien, Personaladministration wiss. Personal, Frau Ildiko Haidenschuster, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna, Austria or via e-mail to ildiko.haidenschuster@tuwien.ac.at

The PhD position is also advertised in issue 30 of the TU  Bulletin.

TU Wien is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favoured.



Open PhD Position