Postdoc in Nanomechanical Sensing

Postdoc in Nanomechanical Sensing

TU Wien Institut of Sensor and Actuators Systems

Vienna, Austria

The Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems (ISAS) at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) has available a postdoctoral position for 3 years, to work on a project on nanomechanical sensing. The estimated starting date is July 1, 2019

The project will be hosted in the Micro and Nanosensors Group (MNS). In MNS we conduct widely recognized research within a range of diverse topics such as nanomechanical mass spectrometry, nanomechanical absorption spectroscopy, optimization of high-Q nanomechanical resonators, and optomechanical transduction.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidates will be part of a team dedicated to the design and development of advanced ultrahigh-Q nanoelectromechanical and optomechanical systems for applications in surface physics and single-molecule spectroscopy. Some of the tasks involved are:

  • experimental planning, design, microfabrication, and implementation,
  • theoretical and numerical simulation and analysis,
  • support of teaching activities,
  • and supervision of student projects.


The candidate should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) and a strong background in experimental micro- and nanomechanics (with additional experience in optomechanics or nanoplasmonics), and micro- and nanofabrication. Additionally experience in ultrahigh vacuum technology would be beneficial.

We expect the successful candidate to be an independent, motivated, and diligent personality who with his/her own ideas can push the activities in our group forward. He/she should have very good communication and writing skills (in English), be able to work closely with other team members, and be a good mentor to younger students.

Our offer

In the MNS group we perform fundamental studies on nanomechanical resonators and enhance their exceptional properties to build novel ultrasensitive sensors. We are interested to explore novel hybrid nanomechanical systems by combining them with electronic and optical transduction techniques.

We are a young and small research group. We have a friendly and dynamic research environment with close, daily interaction among all group members and strong collaborations with many international academic partners. Technical support is excellent with in-house state-of-the-art cleanroom facilities.

We are situated in the heart of Vienna at the city campus of TU Wien, one of the leading technical universities of Northern Europe, where we enjoy newly renovated office and lab space.

Salary of the position are according to collective labor agreement for employees at universities, salary group B1, based on 40 hours per week, a gross salary of currently EUR 53.254,60 per year.

Applications in digital form (with all documents in a single file) should be sent to the Personalabteilung, TU Wien, Mrs. Manuela Reinharter (

Application deadline is April 30, 2019

Candidates are not eligible for a refund of expenses for travelling and lodging related to the application process.

TU Wien intends to increase the number of women on its faculty and therefore specifically invites applications by women. Among equally qualified applicants women will receive preferential consideration.


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Postdoc in Nanomechanical Sensing