PhD student for Corrosion sensing using AI
Wiener Neustadt, Austria
vor 1 Tg.
source : Euraxess

CEST is the Austrian Competence Center for applied electrochemistry and surface technology with owners from industry and science.

Examples of our projects are the post-treatment of 3D printed components, development of bioelectrochemical sensors, the production of functional surfaces for catalysis, energy storage and aerospace and the study of corrosive mechanisms down to the atomic level.

Our vision is to bring top-class research in electrochemistry and surface technology from the laboratory to industrial application.

We contribute our share to keep the Austrian and European industry globally competitive.

To pursue our goals, we are currently looking for a

PhD student for Corrosion sensing using AI

Topic : Corrosion causes enormous damage to mechanical structures in many industrial sectors, and the aviation sector is no exception.

Aircraft operators, manufacturers, and their suppliers in Austria and beyond are confronted with corrosion problems on a daily basis.

To extend the life of airframes without compromising safety, it is very important to have a clear picture of the state of corrosion (SoC) of the aircraft and its parts.

It is therefore essential to develop methods that are suitable for real-time monitoring of the SoC and subsequent reliable notification of corrosion-related structural deterioration.

The goal of the project within which the PhD thesis is planned is to develop a multi-sensor setup for monitoring the SoC based on ultrasonic, electrochemical and environmental sensors coupled with advanced AI algorithms including computer generated neural network architectures (AutoML) to identify relevant features of the multi-sensor data for corrosion monitoring.


  • Master's degree in the fields of Physics / Material Sciences / Electrical Engineering / Data Science / Automation Technology or similar
  • Experience in laboratory work (for example during internships or the diploma thesis)
  • Ideally experience in one of those topics : Electronics development, data science, artificial intelligence, corrosion, aviation
  • Ideally experience in writing scientific articles or attending a conference
  • Curiosity, ambition, and creativity to realize your goals together with your colleagues
  • Very good knowledge of English, good knowledge of German or willingness to learn
  • Tasks

  • Work on the various issues of the research project
  • Setup of the measurement setup, selection of hardware and software development
  • Data evaluation and analysis using artificial intelligence in cooperation with the company partner Senzoro
  • Writing a thesis and scientific articles
  • Development of new ideas for this and future projects
  • Learning of project management, acquisition of third-party funding and scientific communication
  • Presentation of the work and the centre, communication with partners in industry and science as well as participation in conferences, workshops and project meetings
  • What you can expect from us

    As a scientific organization we are looking for creative and enthusiastic colleagues who like to think outside the box. We offer a variety of challenges and a high degree of autonomy - we are convinced that the best ideas come from an innovative and flexible working environment.

    The position is limited in time (3 years).

    The salary for this position is 2205,60 € (30 hours, gross, 14 times a year).

    If you are interested we are looking forward to your application with CV and references to !

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