Tenure-track Associate Professor position in advanced piezoelectric microsystems

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the Technische Universität Wien invites applications at the Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems for a tenure-track Associate Professor position with qualification agreement in the area of


in form of an initially fixed-term (6 years) a full time tenure track position starting from 01.03.2020 with the possibility of promotion to a permanent position as Associate Professor after a positive tenure evaluation.

Due to the increasing demand to connect different types of technical devices and components wirelessly ("Internet of Things"), the requirements for the integrability and the power consumption of micro- and nanomachined sensors and actuators are increasing continuously. To meet future demands with respect to an enhanced robustness even under harsh environmental conditions, an increased sensitivity and a larger actuator potential, piezoelectric transducer elements are more and more integrated into MEMS (micro electro-mechanical systems). This requires innovative approaches and concepts both on material and device level. This position offers the opportunity to actively shape the rapidly growing research field of piezoelectric-based microsystems in research as well as in teaching.

The successful candidate is expected to initiate independent, innovative research programs and to establish or to continue his/her own research group for the development and application of robust materials and advanced device concepts for micro- and nanosystems, in particular using CMOScompatible piezoelectrics. In the field of innovative materials, novel piezoelectric thin film systems with improved material properties should be in the focus, whereas on device level, the technology and characterization of silicon-based, low-power microsystems should be covered. Additionally, this position requires teaching duties for the bachelor’s program electrical engineering and information technology as well as for the master’s program microelectronics and photonics.

The requirements for applications to this position are as follows:

The successful candidate is expected to be an internationally recognized scientist with a doctoral degree and with several years of accumulated competence in the area of CMOS-compatible piezoelectric materials and MEMS devices. Comprehensive experience on all levels, including the design, fabrication, and characterization of CMOS-compatible piezoelectric MEMS devices, in particular resonators, is needed to develop new sensor and actuator device concepts in the field of microsystems being a key enabling technology within the “More Than Moore” domain. A profound knowledge on other robust materials for MEMS, such as silicon carbide, and their integration is beneficial. A candidate with an excellent international academic track record and well established international collaborations with universities and industry is expected. Additional reviewer activities for scientific conferences and/or journals are a must. Candidates should have experience in supervising or co-supervising students at multiple levels of education. An already established research group is a plus as is experience in organizing scientific workshops and science communication events.

For more information please contact Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schmid (ulrich.e366.schmid@tuwien.ac.at).

The employment starts as University Assistant with a minimum salary of EUR EUR 3.803,90 gross (14× per year) according to the collective bargaining agreement for a PostDoc. After signing the qualification agreement, the employment is as Assistant Professor with a minimum salary of EUR 4.498,40 (14× per year).

The letter of application should consist of the CV and should address the following points:

  • Proof of academic degrees
  • research statement (description of previous and planned research)
  • teaching statement (description of previous and planned teaching)
  • acquired third-party fund projects
  • concept for the future plans in research and teaching and contributions to scientific profile of the faculty respectively of the university

The Vienna University of Technology is committed to increase female employment in leading scientific positions. Female candidates are explicitly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given when equally qualified.

People with special needs are equally encouraged to apply. In case of any questions, please contact the confidant for disabled persons at the university, Mr. Gerhard Neustätter (gerhard.neustaetter@tuwien.ac.at).

Applications should be sent until 19/12/2019 (date of postmark), to Vienna University of Technology, HR Administration for scientific staff, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna, Austria. The written application should contain a CD-ROM or USB stick with the complete application documents. Electronic applications should be sent as a single PDF file to Ms. Manuela Reinharter (manuela.reinharter@tuwien.ac.at).

Applicants have no entitlement to reimbursement of travel and subsistence expenses incurred by the application procedure


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Vienna, Vienna (Austria) Published: 2018-12-20