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As Austria's largest research and technology organisation for applied research, we have set ourselves the goal of making 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 Center for Vision, Automation & Control located in Vienna invites applications for a PhD Thesis. At the Center for Vision, Automation & Control our research unit Complex Dynamical Systems focuses its research on modelling, simulation, analysis and optimisation, as well as on the control of complex and dynamical industrial systems and processes. The primary goal is to enhance product quality, increase flexibility, and boost resource efficiency. Applications are found in the fields of mechatronics, robotics, and the automation of industrial production facilities.
The PhD Thesis is part of the Lighthouse Project Sustainable Manufacturing of High-Quality Products, where new methods and technologies are developed to enable zero-defect manufacturing. In this PhD project, we are conducting research on feedback quality control with the aim of increasing product quality and resource efficiency in injection moulding.
Join our AIT PhD programme with around 150 international students, carried out in cooperation with renowned universities – For this specific PhD position, you will enroll at TU Wien and benefit of a close cooperation with The Automation and Control Institute (ACIN) an internationally active, research consortium.



  • Throughout this PhD project you will focus on the development of new methods for the control of the production quality of repetitive production systems, in particular in injection moulding.
  • You will support our interdisciplinary team with the development of quality models based on physics-based modelling in combination with data-driven identification.
  • You will design observer strategies for the inline quantification of important quality parameters.
  • You research avenues will also include the research and analyses of several human assisted methods, aimed to improve the production quality.
  • Under the guidance of our team and based on your research results, you will come up with the development of optimal, iterative control strategies, striving on the one hand to improve the product quality and, on the other hand to save energy consumption throughout the industrial production processes.
  • You will evaluate your strategies and validate the results by using advanced simulation methods.
  • The realisation and test of your strategies, will take place in test stands directly at our industrial cooperation partners.
  • You will participate in national and international workshops and conferences to present your work and will publish your results in scientific journals.
  • You will accumulate experience in a research field, that deals with digital and green transformation.
  • You will gain experience in a group of international engineers and scientists and, by working together also with our industrial partners, you have the opportunity to build up your professional network.

Your qualifications as an Ingenious Partner:

  • Master’s degree in Mathematics, Automatic Control, Computer Science, Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics
  • Good programming skills in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Excellent technical understanding & analytical capabilities
  • Interested in reading and writing scientific publications and enjoy application-oriented questions from industry
  • High level of commitment and team spirit
  • Very good command of written and spoken English, basic skills in German would be an asset 


  • Duration of the PhD project: 3 years
  • Start date: as soon as possible
  • You will spend approximately 80% of your research work and study purposes at ACIN and around 20% at AIT - This allows a continuous exchange and permanent use of resources of both cooperation partners.
  • You will be supervised by one of our AIT colleagues from the Competence Unit “Complex Dynamical Systems” from the Center for Vision, Automation & Control, as well as by scientists and engineers of our center. As you will conduct your research activities also at ACIN, you will also benefit here from a supervisor.

What to expect:
EUR 45.882,20,-- gross per year, for 40 h / week. 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 documents including your CV, cover letter and certificates (copies of your BSc. And MSc. Transcript of records) online.

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