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Cyber-physical production systems (CPPS) need suitable networked architectures that take into account safety (operation of the system must not pose any danger) and security (protection against unauthorized manipulation). As part of the newly founded "TÜV AUSTRIA Security in Industry - Research Lab", research questions are addressed within the framework of different dissertation projects (3 years funding). As part of the research agenda, the PhD project "SafeSecSystem Modeling" will investigate approaches for suitable integrated modeling process of secure system architectures typically found in the industrial environment in combination with functional safety and resilience. Research questions include to clarify attack vectors w.r.t. data sources and data sinks under the particular aspect of machine-to-machine communication and IT/OT convergence. Methods from IT threat modeling and safety modeling are to be re-visited, revised, adapted and brought into line with the reference architecture model "Industry 4.0". Ultimately, a protection catalog supported by a tool-chain is to be developed in order to evaluate existing (and future) CPPS.

For details concerning the PhD project, please contact Wolfgang Kastner, TU Wien, Automation Systems, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The application process is handled via TU Wien's internal Web site ( where the the mentioned PhD Topic can be found under the PhD1.




Project Assistant (Prae-Doc) - PhD Position

(30-40 hours/week, for 3 years)


TU Wien is Austria's largest research and educational institution in the fields of technology and natural sciences. More than 4,000 scientists in eight faculties conduct research on "Technology for People" in five main research areas. The content of the offered studies is based on this excellent research. The more than 27,000 students in the 55 studies offered benefit from this. As a driver of innovation, TU Wien strengthens the business location, enables cooperation and contributes to the prosperity of society.

The Institute of Computer Engineering, Research Unit “Automation Systems”, at TU Wien is offering a position as Project Assistant (Prae-Doc) for 3 years for 30-40 hours/week. Expected start: 01.04.2023.


  • Research and project activity in the field of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Collaboration on research tasks focusing on the digitalization of Industry 4.0 and Digital Twins
  • Writing publications
  • Participation in scientific events

Your profile:

  • Master degree in computer science/informatics (or similar programs)
  • Interest in research in information technology with a focus on industrial control systems and information modeling (IT/OT convergence)
  • Excellent knowledge of English and good German language skills 
  • Ability to work in a team, collaborate effectively with other PhDs, interest in interdisciplinary work

We offer:

  • Supervision of the PhD thesis related to the project
  • Continuing personal and professional education and flexible working hours
  • Exchange with other Ph.D. students
  • Support from experienced researchers in our team
  • Central location with very good accessibility (U1/U2/U4 Karlsplatz)
  • A creative environment in one of the most liveable cities in the world

The employment contract will run for 3 years (up to 40 hours a week) with option for extension and a gross salary of € 45.882,20 p.a (40h).

TU Wien is committed to increase female employment in leading scientific positions. Female candidates are explicitly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given when equally qualified. Candidates are not eligible for a refund of expenses for travelling and lodging related to the application process.

Please send your application to: TU Wien, Institute of Computer Engineering, Automation Systems, Treitlstr. 1-3/191-03, 1040 Wien or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are looking forward to receiving your application until 13.04.2023.







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