As Austria's largest research and technology organisation for applied research, we are dedicated to make substantial contributions to solving the major challenges of our time, climate change and digitisation. To achieve our goals, we rely on our specific research, development and technology competencies, which are the basis of our commitment to excellence in all areas. With our open culture of innovation and our motivated, international teams, we are working to position AIT as Austria's leading research institution at the highest international level and to make a positive contribution to the economy and society.

Our 7 centers specialise in the research and development of infrastructure solutions of the future, for e.g. digitisation, decarbonisation, smart cities, network security, intelligent production and assistance systems, transport optimisation, electromobility, molecular diagnostics, or e-health systems.

We work project-based and in international, multidisciplinary teams and focus on the development of innovative solutions for our research projects. Within these projects we offer PhD students the possibility of joining AIT to write their PhD thesis - For this, you can either choose a concrete topic from our list of PhD-positions, or you can come up with a topic-suggestion which would also fit within our research areas.

Unsolicited application for a PhD-Thesis

Usually, the tasks within your PhD research project would include:
  • Carrying out literature searches
  • Conduct research and investigations on various mechanisms / processes / methods
  • Data collection, evaluation and data analysis
  • Simulations and development of evaluation methods
  • Development of prototypes
  • Planning and execution of laboratory studies
  • Development of optimization potentials, creative solutions and improvement approaches
  • Constant publication activities in scientific journals and presentation at conferences
By joining our PhD programme with around 150 internationals students:
  • You will join our events designated specifically for our AIT-PhD community and will have the opportunity to improve your career prospects by talks, workshops, and trainings
  • You will conduct research using a state-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • You will gain insight into the applied research working environment
  • You exchange views with our scientists and will get to know new processes and technological developments
  • You will support our researchers in their research projects
  • You will gain experience in an international group of scientists and build up your professional network
Ýour qualifications as an Ingenious Partner:
  • Master’s degree (Students who are expected to receive their MSc degree soon are also encouraged to apply)
  • Enthusiasm for new technologies and innovation processes
  • You rejoice in application-oriented problems for industry
  • Curiosity to find solutions for the demanding infrastructure challenges of the future
  • High commitment and ability to work both independently and in teams
  • Interest and willingness to publish the research results in renowned scientific journals and to present your study at national and international conferences.
  • Good communications skills
  • Very good German and/or English skills

  • Duration of the PhD project: 3 years
  • Application period: At any time

What to expect:
EUR 34.507,20 gross per year, for 30 h / week based on the collective agreement. In addition to numerous events, seminars and networking opportunities, there will be additional company benefits. As a research institution, we are familiar with the supervision and execution of PhD theses, and we are looking forward to supporting you accordingly!

At AIT diversity and inclusion are of great importance. This is why we strive to inspire women to join our teams in the field of technology. We welcome applications from women, who will be given preference in case of equal qualifications after taking into account all relevant facts and circumstances of all applications.

Please submit your application including your CV, transcript of records as well as a cover letter, in which you specifically describe the research topic / your idea you would like to approach in your doctoral thesis.

Please note that the topics of the scientific work must be related to our research topics.
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