TU-ID: 150 | 2024 | 14 | 231213


University Professor (all genders)

Specialist field of Chemische Werkstofftechnologie

TU Wien is Austria's largest institution of research and higher education in the fields of technology and natural sciences. With over 26,000 students and more than 4000 scientists, research, teaching, and learning dedicated to the advancement of science and technology have been conducted here for more than 200 years, guided by the motto "Technology for People". As a driver of innovation, TU Wien fosters close collaboration with business and industry and contributes to the prosperity of society.
At the Faculty of Technical Chemistry at TU Wien, the position of a University Professor in the field of Chemische Werkstofftechnologie with permanent (full-time) contractual employment is to be filled as of January 2025.

This is a professorship regulated by § 98 of the 2002 Universities Act (UG).

The position as professor for Chemische Werkstofftechnologie has been allocated in TU Wien's development plan to the following TU Focal Area(s) of Research: Materials and Matter.

Professional focus:

At the Faculty of Technical Chemistry at TU Wien, the subject of Chemical Technology of Materials is to be strengthened and expanded by a professorship. The main focus will be on the chemical aspects of the production of inorganic materials (including synthesis from raw materials and processing), the chemical and structural changes during use up to the end of the utilisation cycle and their reintegration into the materials cycle after use. On the one hand, the professorship will be required to conduct basic technological research in this area, but will also be a partner to Austrian and international industry, which is very strong in these areas, in order to be able to carry out the necessary transformation processes (especially in the context of the energy transition and sustainable development). The professorship should not be restricted in terms of the class of materials, as long as they are inorganic materials.

Potential, future-orientated topics for this professorship could therefore be
  • Disruptive, unconventional inorganic-chemical technologies with the overarching goal of drastically reducing CO2 emissions and resource-efficient production
  • Use of new and future digital tools in the field of materials research (AI/machine learning, digital twinning of material development and manufacturing processes)
  • "High-throughput processing" for alloy development, upscaling to industrial dimensions
  • Materials for use in extreme conditions (energy conversion, energy generation, aerospace applications, etc.)
  • Materials for H2 conversion, storage and transport technology
  • Development of materials for energy generation and storage, carbon/CO2 capture and utilisation (CCS/CCU)
  • Reducing Europe's dependence on raw materials by reintegrating materials into the material cycle
  • Extending the life cycles of materials and products, taking into account the complexity of interactions
Synergies in the utilisation of existing analytical instruments, measuring devices and technical equipment are highly desirable, as is the contribution of know-how not available at TU Wien and the development of new methods.

We are therefore looking for a person with an excellent academic profile and relevant experience in one or more of the above-mentioned subject areas, who is able to help shape the research and teaching profile of the Faculty of Technical Chemistry in the field of Chemical Technology of Materials and expand it to include new, promising areas of specialisation.

In addition to research, the tasks of a university professor at TU Wien also include teaching (in German and English) in Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programmes (within the faculty, between faculties, and also within the framework of cross-university cooperative curricula) as well as participation in the management of the institute and the faculty. Teaching duties include representing the subject of Chemical Technology of Materials in Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes as well as holding lectures and laboratory exercises on subject-related topics in the degree programmes of the Faculty of Technical Chemistry.

On the one hand, the professorship is embedded in the TU-wide research focus "Materials and Matter" with its eight research fields, and on the other hand it is closely linked to the Faculty of Technical Chemistry through the faculty focus "Chemistry and Technology of Materials".

At institute and faculty level, potential synergies include the subject areas of Applied Solid State Chemistry (E164), Theoretical (Solid State) Chemistry (E165), Technical Electrochemistry (E164), (Molecular) Materials Chemistry (E165), Analytical Chemistry (E164), but possibly also the area of recycling-based circular economy (E166). Further extensive opportunities for cooperation may arise with the departments of other faculties that are heavily involved in the properties and use of materials, e.g., Materials Science and Materials Engineering (E308), Applied Physics (E134), Solid State Electronics (E362), Mechanics of Materials and Structures (E202) or Sensor and Actuator Systems (E366).

The TUW's technically well-equipped X-Ray Centre (XRC) and the wide range of surface analysis methods at the Analytical Instrumentation Center AIC (XPS, AES and others in the ELSA cluster) as well as the University Centre for Transmission Electron Microscopy (USTEM) are also potentially highly relevant for the new professorship.

Your profile:

  • Completed doctoral or PhD studies in the relevant subject from a domestic or equivalent foreign university or research institution or achievement of an equivalent scientific qualification
  • The qualification for teaching (venia docendi) acquired at a domestic or equivalent foreign university or an academic qualification recognisable as being equivalent to the venia docendi
  • High scientific reputation, proven by publications in internationally prestigious scientific journals, patents, scientific lectures, editorial and expert work, organization of conferences, awards etc.
  • Ability to form networks, proven e.g., by extended relevant stays abroad and/or through cooperation with foreign and domestic universities and research institutions
  • Experience in the acquisition, execution and management of research projects
  • The ability and willingness to manage a research division or a research group
  • Pedagogic and didactic suitability for academic teaching in the relevant subject in German and English
  • Experience in the supervision of scientific work of students
  • The prospective position holder has social and gender competence and experience in the promotion of young researchers and the advancement of female students/colleagues/ employees. (In the course of the advanced selection process, a professionally accompanied survey of social skills will take place).
  • Willingness to move the centre of life to Vienna (On-site presence)
  • In case there is no adequate knowledge of German, willingness to quickly learn German is presupposed for teaching in bachelor programmes and participation in management of the institute and the faculty as well as in university bodies

We offer:

  • Excellent working conditions in an attractive research environment
  • Attractive compensation and further benefits (see also: Fringe-Benefit Catalogue of TU Wien)
  • Financial support of research activities in the first years (e.g. equipment endowment/ start-up funds)
  • Support in moving to Vienna
  • Dual career advice offers partners and families of the university professors appointed to TU Wien various support opportunities tailored to their individual situation
  • An employee-friendly environment in a city with an extraordinary high quality of life
TU Wien is committed to increasing the proportion of women in particular in leadership positions. Female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to women when equally qualified, unless reasons specific to a male applicant tilt the balance in his favour.

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.
Classification in the A1 category of the collective bargaining agreement for employees of universities and a full-time minimum salary of EUR 89.075.00 gross annual is provided for. Furthermore, on top of the employee benefit fund, a company pension scheme will be set up for employees, depending on the duration of their employment, with the result that personnel benefits will increase. A higher salary depending on qualifications and experience is subject of appointment negotiations as well as detailed information about benefits.

General information can be found at the following links:
We look forward to receiving your complete application documents by May 23th, 2024. Please note: The application deadline has been extended until June 13th, 2024.

Applications in English must include at least the following documents:
  • A detailed curriculum vitae (complete with professional and academic background)
  • A short letter of motivation
  • A presentation of previous academic activities including a survey of research and development projects carried out and of funding/grants raised (volume, duration, funding body etc), a list of patents, editorial and expert work, organized conferences and awards etc. as well as a list of lecturing and teaching activities evidenced by a list of the university courses held so far, a list of supervised scientific works of students and a list of invited lectures
  • A list of publications (including a link to a unique research identifier like ORCID) and copies of the five most important publications
  • A research as well as a teaching concept with considerations on the future positioning and further development of the field
  • Relevant certificates and official letters should be uploaded under the category: +add more documents
  • A data fact sheet should be uploaded under the category: +add more documents  
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us

Application Management:
Phone: +43 (1) 588 01 406201 Carmen Keck, Informations of the application process

Faculty of Technical Chemistry:
Phone: +43 (1) 588 01 ext. 15001 Dean Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marko Mihovilovic
Phone: +43 (1) 588 01 ext. 15002 Dean´s Office Sabrina Lamprecht

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