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Research Position on Sensing Colour and Shape on Freeform Surfaces

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  • Full or part time
    Prof Georg Schitter
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Advanced Mechatronic Systems Group (AMS) at the Automation and Control Institute (ACIN) of Vienna University of Technology has a fully funded research position (full-time, 40 hours/week) at the PhD-student or Post-Doc level, working on a project for robot-based metrology.

Project goal:
This PhD-project aims towards the development of precise metrology systems for 3D sensing and colour measurement of freeform surfaces, e.g. in additive manufacturing. In a first step, state of the art colour sensor systems should be analyzed and requirements and methods for enhancing the accuracy as well as versatility of colour sensing systems should be identified. Based on this, in a second step an areal measurement and 3D sensing system should be developed for accurate and automated measurement of colour, gradients and shape of freeform surfaces. A prototype implementing the proposed system should be developed and verified experimentally.
This PhD-project is part of the Christian Doppler Laboratory at the Advanced Mechatronic Systems Group at ACIN, and is complementary to two ongoing research projects within the CD laboratory on
i) 3D scanning laser metrology and ii) development of scanning mirror systems, with the overall goal to develop fully automated 3D metrology systems for in-line measurement on freeform surfaces, e.g. in additive manufacturing.
The starting date is planned as soon as possible, depending on the availability and preference of the successful candidate.

We are looking for candidates holding an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent, preferably with a strong background in at least one area of measurement systems, scientific instrumentation, metrology, mechatronics, or mathematical modeling.
Motivation to pursue novel research in collaboration with other team members and industrial partners, as well as good fundamentals, excellent grades, and interest in mathematics and physics are expected. Good communicational skills, fluency in English or German, and a goal-oriented work attitude as member of a dynamic international research team are essential.

We offer:
In the AMS group we perform application-oriented fundamental research on scientific instrumentation, precision engineering, and mechatronic imaging systems. We are a group of young and international researchers, who enjoy working in a friendly and dynamic research environment with daily interaction among all group members. We offer the opportunity to perform scientifically challenging research in a multi-disciplinary research environment and strong collaboration with well-reputed international industrial and university research laboratories. Further career growth in all teaching, research, and challenging applications is provided.

Conditions of employment:
The appointment will be for a period of up to four years. As an employee of the TU Vienna you will receive a competitive salary as well as excellent secondary benefits package, including a flexible work week, health insurance, social security, and additional company retirement benefits. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Austrian universities.
The annual gross salary of a research assistant (PhD student) in the first year starts at € 39.124,
and grows to € 46.385 in the 4th year of the appointment. The annual gross salary of a post-doc assistant starts at € 51.955.

How to apply:
To apply for this position, please email your application in pdf-format to [Email Address Removed]
• a cover letter, including a statement that gives your motivation for this position
• a full CV, and your grades
• an abstract of your MSc thesis and a list of your publications (if any), and
• the names and contact information of two professional references
The position will remain open until filled, but an early date for application is preferred and encouraged.
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