As a leading research organisation in the area of wood and wood-related renewable resources in Europe, the Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH (Wood K plus) provides research and development services for the industry in the field of wood composite materials and wood chemistry.


In cooperation with company and scientific partners, the team “Wood Composites & Digital Transformation” - located at the area Wood Materials and Technologies in Tulln - is looking for a:


Junior researcher for a dissertation in data science for wood tracing (PhD) (f/m/d)


Our team conducts research within the field of wood composites research and in the digitisation of production processes of wood and engineered wood products.


Your work will be focused on the integration and application of data science technologies for tracing wood along its value chain. Together with partners from industry and science, approaches are developed and evaluated at laboratory scale. The PhD thesis will be supervised at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.



Your responsibility:

  • Conducting research in computer vision techniques to trace wood using patterns of its unique characteristics – e.g. knots, year rings, etc. – and the application of newest data science technologies in the field of AI
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of experiments
  • Scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and at international scientific conferences



Your qualification:

  • University degree (master’s, diploma), preferably in Statistics, Engineering, Technical Mathematics, IT or Wood Science
  • First experiences in data science
  • Experience with code development (e.g. Python, MATLAB, R, C++, etc.)
  • Good knowledge in spoken and written English



  • Work in an international, motivated team and a scientifically highly active environment
  • Supervision of PhD-project, professional training, further education
  • Possibility to visit university courses, etc. during working hours
  • Flexible, self-responsible work organisation
  • Modern laboratories and pilot plants
  • Possibility of homeworking up to a certain extent
  • Immediate job opening
  • EUR 2.500 / month (14 x per year) based on 40 h/week, depending on qualification



Place of employment:

Tulln, Lower Austria



Martin Riegler, PhD

Team leader Wood Composites & Digital Transformation

Tel.: +43 1 47654-89125

Please send your application via e-mail to: m.riegler@wood-kplus.at