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.

The Institute of Engineering Design and Product Development, in the Aircraft Systems Research Group, has a vacancy for a Project Assistant, expected to start on 1 April 2024 (40 hours per week). This position is limited until 30.11.2027.

Your Tasks:

  • Participation in research projects with a focus on efficient thermal management of future fuel cell electric propulsion systems for transport aircraft using hydrogen as aviation energy carrier
  • Design of the air path (inlet, fan stage(s), diffuser, heat exchanger and variable nozzle)
  • Simultaneous optimisation with special consideration of the mutual aerodynamic coupling of the components
  • Collaboration with international project partners
  • Collaboration in the planning and development of the aircraft systems laboratory
  • Experimental testing of a subsystem on a model scale consisting of diffuser, heat exchanger and variable area nozzle (nozzle test rig)
  • Participation in the numerical simulation of the overall system (steady state and transient)
  • Supervision of students and participation in courses
  • Preparation of scientific and technical reports and publications
  • Publication of research results in scientific journals and at international conferences
  • Possibility to write a dissertation

Your Profile:

  • Completed diploma or master's degree in the field of mechanical engineering, aerospace or a comparable, technically suitable degree programme
  • CFD experience, ideally in the field of turbomachinery and heat transfer (e. g. ANSYS, StarCCM+, OpenFOAM)
  • Knowledge of aircraft design and aircraft systems is an advantage
  • Good CAD skills (preferably Catia)
  • Good knowledge of Windows from version 10 and Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of aeroacoustics is an advantage
  • Willingness to travel for project meetings and conference participation
  • Very good knowledge of German (level B2 according to CEFR)
  • Excellent knowledge of English (level C1 according to CEFR)
  • Team and communication skills
  • Independent, structured, reliable and results-orientated way of working

We offer:

  • Diverse and exciting area of responsibility in a collegial team
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Wide range of internal and external training programmes and flexible working arrangements
  • Personal and professional development and flexible working hours
  • Central location of workplace as well as good accessibility (U1/U4 Karlsplatz)
  • A range of attractive social benefits (see Fringe-Benefit Catalogue of TU Wien)


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.


Entry level salary is determined by the pay grade B1 of the Austrian collective agreement for university staff. This is a minimum of currently EUR 3.578,80/month gross, 14 times/year for 40 hours/week.


We look forward to receiving your application by 14 March 2024 to Prof. Martin Berens (+43 1 58801-30772 / martin.berens@tuwien.ac.at).

Furthermore, please note that applicants will not normally be reimbursed for travel costs incurred in connection with this admission process.