PhD Position in 3D Measurement System for the Design of a Novel Solar Energy Power Plant, Austria

Vienna University of Technology (VUT) is announcing a Doctoral College (DC) called Energy Systems 2030 (ENSYS 2030). The Doctoral College is related to VUT’s research focus Energy and Environment and daimensioned for a research group of ten (10) PhD-Students. The project is organized into four (4) work packages. The PhD students are jointly managed by an inter-disciplinary faculty of ten (10) university professors.

Within the work package Offshore Solar Energy, the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (E122) announces the following PhD#3 (working title): The determination of the 3D shape of static and deformable objects with photogrammetric or ranging methods.

This dissertation concentrates on the development of methods for the highly accurate determination of deformable objects, which partly consists of transparent and reflecting materials. These objects are pneumatic structures for offshore solar power plants. A special focus lies on automation, robustness, reliability and quality assurance. Research comprises essential considerations regarding

sensor selection and adequate arrangement of the measurement set-up,
the calibration of the entire acquisition system under laboratory and real world conditions
assessment of achievable and achieved quality and
the interoperability with modeling and simulation procedures provided by research partners.
The dissertation requires a high level of communication and coordination with the main partners situated both in the UK (Univ. of Strathclyde) and in Vienna (Vienna Model Basin Ltd, E317 – Institute for Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics, E302 – Institute of Energy Systems and Thermodynamics) Main objective is to develop a basic design concept for offshore solar power plants.

Given that VUT is seeking a 50% quote of female DC participants, applications of female students are particularly encouraged.

Qualification: Master level of Surveying and Geoinformation ( preferably Photogrammetry), Computer Vision, Physics, (or equivalent)

Supervision: Prof. Jansa, Prof. Rammerstorfer

Project Start: Target commencement date is October 15th, 2010. The dissertation is financed for a duration of three (3) years.

Financing through the DC: The remuneration financed through the DC is 909€ per month, 14 times per year. According to VUT collective agreement for pre-doc positions this corresponds to an employment level of 15 hours per week.

Complementary Financing: For PhD#3 complementary financing through national and international research funds is planned. The effective employment level is targeted to be 40 hours per week shortly after project start. Specific arrangements will be discussed during job interviews.

Additional Information:


Interested individuals should address their letter of application (including letter of motivation, CV and a report of master and bachelor level credits) until October 6th , 2010 to the VUT Personnel Department for scientific staff, Karlsplatz 13, A 1040 Vienna, Austria,
(Fax: +43 1 58801-41048)

Application Deadline : 6 October 2010

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