1 PhD Position for the SFB Advanced Computational Design

Technische Universität Wien, generally referred to as TU Wien, is located in the heart of Europe, a place where one can experience cultural diversity and international life. Research, teaching and learning have been conducted here in the service of progress for 200 years. TU Wien is amongst Europe’s most successful universities of technology and, with over 30,000 students and a staff of about 5,000, is Austria’s largest scientific and engineering research and education institution.


TU Wien is seeking exceptionally talented and motivated students for its SFB Advanced Computational Design.

Lighting Simulation For Architectural Design – PhD Position


Lighting is crucial for many architectural settings: it affects the visual comfort of users in buildings and plays a special role in museums, exhibitions, operation rooms, stadiums, or performance spaces. Lighting design is an activity which involves both routine tasks, such as the placement of luminaires, and non-routine ones, where a designer’s expertise is required, such as the design of an overall lighting concept or the definition of design goals. Also, it is typically carried out only upon completion of architectural design, which limits design freedom for lighting design.


The goal of this subproject is to improve the architectural lighting design workflow by automating routine tasks while supporting lighting designers in non-routine tasks, and by incorporating lighting design into the early architectural design phase, leading to an improved computational design workflow. This can be done via three different approaches: (1) automated design, (2) interactive design, and (3) suggestive interactive design.

The focus of the PhD student are interactive design approaches, and collaboration with the PostDoc on suggestive interactive design.

Specific Requirements
  • Master degree in Computer Science or Mathematics
  • Good programming skills in C++ or similar
  • Knowledge of computer graphics
General Requirements
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Good teamworking skills
  • Fluency in English.
Work environment

The Rendering and Modeling Group at the Institute of Visual Computing & Human-Centered Technology carries out basic and applied research in photorealistic rendering, real-time rendering and geometric modeling. The candidate will be supervised by Prof. Michael Wimmer as well as other members of the SFB. Currently, there are about thirty people including professors, PhDs and graduate students working at our institute. We provide are very stimulating and highly enjoyable working environment in a competitive, internationally oriented research group, as well as an interdisciplinary context in the scope of the SFB.

We offer:

Successful candidates will receive an employment contract from TU Wien. The funding period is up to 4 years (depending on the starting date).

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.

People with special needs are equally encouraged to apply. In case of any questions, please contact the confidant for disabled persons at the university (contact: gerhard.neustaetter@tuwien.ac.at)

Applications will be solicited in several rounds. After the first round, the call will be reopened for positions that are not filled yet.

Applications for the second round are open and should be submitted as soon as possible, at the latest by March 31st, 2021 23:59 (CET)

After the deadline, selected candidates will be contacted and personal or remote interviews will be scheduled. Depending on the progress of this process, candidates can start their positions immediately.


Please upload your application documents here and select SP4 as "Your preferred subproject".