Two Open Positions in Model Driven Engineering / Software Language Engineering

infoPositions: 1 Post-Doctoral Researcher + 1 Phd Student
Duration: Up to three years starting as soon as possible (ideally January 2018)
Employer: Business Informatics Group, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria
Project: LEAxDSML (Language Engineering for Analyzable Executable DSMLs)
Contact: Tanja Mayerhofer (
Application Deadline: November 30, 2017


The Business Informatics Group at TU Wien, Vienna, Austria offers two research positions in the areas Model-Driven Engineering and Software Language Engineering: One position for a post-doctoral researcher and one position for a PhD candidate. The two researchers 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.

Executable modeling languages allow the specification of behavioral aspects of systems, such as their interactions with the external environment and realized business processes. Therewith, they support domain engineers in modeling complex system behaviors providing the basis for the performance of early analyses of emerging behaviors, a capability that is of uttermost importance in the development of complex software-intensive systems. In order to be useful, executable modeling languages have to be equipped with model analysis tools supporting domain engineers in comprehending, exploring, and analyzing modeled behaviors. In current practice, such tools are hand-crafted in an ad hoc manner imposing significant efforts and costs on the development process. The goal of the LEAxDSML project is to overcome this problem by establishing systematic language engineering methods for executable modeling languages that support an automated generation of model execution infrastructures and tools.

More details about the project LEAxDSML may be found at the project website.

Candidate Profile

We are looking for one post-doctoral researcher and one PhD student, who have 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 pre-requisite. German language skills are not a requirement.

From the post-doctoral researcher we expect:

  • Completed PhD in Computer Science / Informatics or related fields
  • Publications in model-driven engineering, software language engineering, or related areas
  • Willingness to supervise the PhD student employed for the project

From the PhD student 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 postdoc position is a full-time position (40 working hours a week). The position for the PhD student is for 30 working hours a week.

The salaries are:

  • Post-doctoral researcher (40 hours per week): EUR 3.626,60 gross salary per month (14 times a year)
  • PhD student (30 hours per week): 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 and motivation letter (in English), should be sent to Dr. Tanja Mayerhofer (

The application deadline is November 30, 2017.


For inquiries please contact Dr. Tanja Mayerhofer (