Open PhD Position in Model Driven Engineering / Software Language Engineering

infoDuration: Up to three years
Employer: Business Informatics Group, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria
Project: LEAxDSML (Language Engineering for Analyzable Executable DSMLs)
Contact: Tanja Mayerhofer (
Application Deadline: Position remains open until filled


The Business Informatics Group at TU Wien, Vienna, Austria offers one PhD position in the areas Model-Driven Engineering and Software Language Engineering. The researcher will be appointed for conducting the research project LEAxDSML funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF on the topic of language engineering for executable modeling languages. The objective of the project is to establish language engineering methods for developing executable modeling languages and model execution infrastructures and tools (e.g., debuggers, animators, testing tools) for such languages. More details about the project can be found at the project website.

Candidate Profile

We are looking for one PhD student, who has the desire to make strong contributions in software language engineering and model-driven engineering. We expect a high commitment for team work and eagerness to engage in cutting-edge research. Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are a prerequisite. German language skills are not a requirement.

Furthermore, we expect:

  • Completed master degree in Computer Science / Informatics or related fields
  • Profound software engineering skills
  • Profound skills in Java programming
  • Experiences with modeling techniques and technologies

Duration and Salary

The candidates will be hired for an initial period of 1 year with the possibility to extend the contract up to 3 years in total. The position is for 30 working hours a week.

The salary is EUR 2.048,30 gross salary per month (14 times a year)

University Profile

The research activities of the candidates will be carried out at TU Wien in Vienna, Austria.

TU Wien was founded in 1815 as Imperial-Royal Polytechnical Institute celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2015. It was the first University of Technology within present-day German-speaking Europe. Today, the university finds high international and national recognition in teaching as well as research and is a highly esteemed partner of innovation-oriented enterprises. TU Wien offers 18 bachelor-, 32 master- and 3 doctoral programs to its 29.000 students. The offered education is rewarded by high international and domestic recognition.

The five research focus points of TU Wien are Computational Science and Engineering, Quantum Physics and Quantum Technologies, Materials and Matter, Energy and Environment, and Information and Communication Technology, which are researched by its eight faculties and 2.600 scientific staff members. Throughout the past two centuries, researchers at TU Wien have made a lasting contribution to shaping the future of Austria and Europe.

Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a city of over 1.8 million inhabitants. It is one of the great cultural centers of Europe with a continuous history of more than 2000 years. Vienna has been rated the most livable city in the world multiple times.

Group Profile

The appointed researchers will be working at the Business Informatics Group, which is part of the Faculty of Informatics of TU Wien. The faculty’s major fields of studies are Computer Science and Business Informatics, which are the biggest and fourth biggest courses of study, respectively, at TU Wien. The faculty’s five main research areas are Business Informatics, Distributed and Parallel Systems, Logic and Computation, Computer Engineering, and Media Informatics and Visual Computing.

In the 2017 Shanghai Ranking of Academic Subjects, the Faculty of Informatics at TU Wien is ranked among the best three Computer Science & Engineering faculties in the German-speaking region.

The Business Informatics Group is a dynamic and multi-national research team comprising currently 23 members. Model-Driven Engineering is one of our main research areas since more than ten years, where we work on and have made contributions in various topics including modeling language engineering, model execution, executable UML, model versioning, model evolution, and model transformations. Furthermore, we have strong experiences in applying MDE techniques in a wide range of application domains, in particular web applications, cloud computing, production systems, and information systems.

We offer a creative work environment within a team of young and international researchers in one of the most livable cities in the world.

How to Apply

Applications comprising a detailed curriculum vitae, motivation letter, and certifications of completed studies (all in English), should be sent to Dr. Tanja Mayerhofer (


For inquiries please contact Dr. Tanja Mayerhofer (