University Professor for Structural Durability and Railway Vehicles

Graz University of Technology


Applications are invited for the position of a

University Professor for
Structural Durability and Railway Vehicles

at the newly created Institute of Structural Durability and Railway Technology of Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Economic Sciences. It is planned to fill this
position, pursuant to Sec. 98 of the Austrian University Act 2002. The position will be based on a permanent employment contract, as defined under the terms of Austrian civil-law with Graz University of

The scope is the entire range of structural durability including all system aspects. The focus should be
on railway vehicles and their components. The research areas of the already existing working group
cover the structural durability (System and component life, degradation and failure behaviour, crack
propagation) the development of lightweight structures, preferably in rail vehicles, the dynamic behavior
of large structures (numerical and experimental) as well as modeling and numerical simulation on these

The working group has large test facilities in the form of vibration test beds to validate the developed
components and methods and an excellent national and international network, especially in the field of
rail vehicles and their components.

Applicants should have an internationally renowned research record in the field of structural durability,
preferably with experience in the field of rail vehicles and lightweight design. In addition to a sound
scientific-theoretical basis, experience in the fields of constructive and experimental implementation,
modelling and simulation as well as in measurement techniques and test bench technology are desirable. Applicants should have experience from industry or a similar field.

Furthermore, we expect willingness to an interdisciplinary cooperation inside and outside of TU Graz,
cooperation with the economic and industrial environment, and across faculty borders within the TU
Graz Field of Expertise „Sustainable Systems“.

Required candidate profile:
 PhD-level university education relevant for the position
 excellent scientific qualification for the subject to be filled
 excellent teaching capabilities
 leadership skills
 the ability to work in a team

Good command of written and spoken German and English is required for an excellent representation
of the field in teaching and on an international level. The transfer of residence to the area of Graz is

Graz University of Technology aims to increase the proportion of women, in particular in management
and academic staff, and therefore qualified female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. Until a
balanced ratio of men and women has been achieved at the university, preference will be given to
women if applicants are equally qualified. Graz University of Technology actively promotes diversity and
equal opportunities. Applicants are not to be discriminated in personnel selection procedures on the
grounds of gender, ethnicity, religion or ideology, age, sexual orientation (Anti-discrimination). People
with disabilities and having the relevant qualifications are expressly invited to apply.

Candidates should submit their detailed application
 using the application form sheet of TU Graz at
 presenting their scientific record in teaching and research or in industries
 displaying their planned activities in research and teaching and for the development
of the institute
 presenting their list of publications (including the full texts of the five most important publications)
 copy of certificates
in a digital form at the latest by
October 31, 2019

(date and time of email timestamp) to the Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Economic
Sciences, Graz University of Technology, Inffeldgasse 23/I, 8010 Graz, Austria, email address:

The Dean: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz Heitmeir

In your application, please refer to