The University of Innsbruck offers the following position, starting from April 1st, 2020 and limited for 36 months:


Early stage researcher (THREAD ESR 8)

on the Marie Curie ITN funded project

“Modelling and simulation of cables with transported mass points”

(full-time employment).


The position is offered within the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks in the project “Joint Training on Numerical Modelling of Highly Flexible Structures for Industrial Applications [THREAD]”. The salary of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks Fellowship (MSCA-ITN) follows the regulations set by the European Commission. The salary will include social security and will be composed of living, mobility and family allowances, where applicable, as outlined in the Grant Agreement and Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Work Programme, please see here:



THREAD addresses the mechanical modelling, mathematical formulations and numerical methods for highly flexible slender structures like yarns, cables, hoses or ropes that are essential parts of high-performance engineering systems. The complex response of such structures in real operational conditions is far beyond the capabilities of current virtual prototyping tools. With 14 new PhD positions at 12 universities and research institutions in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Norway, Slovenia and Spain, the project brings mechanical engineers and mathematicians together around major challenges in industrial applications and open-source simulation software development. It establishes an innovative modelling chain starting from detailed 3D modelling and experimental work to build validated 1D nonlinear rod models, which are then brought to a system-level simulation thanks to the outstanding numerical properties of the developed algorithms. This holistic approach combines advanced concepts in experimental and theoretical structural mechanics, non-smooth dynamics, computational geometry, discretisation methods and geometric numerical integration and will enable the next generation of virtual prototyping.

The current Early Stage Researcher PhD project (ESR) on modelling and simulation of ropes and cables will be supervised by Prof. Johannes Gerstmayr (University of Innsbruck, Austria). The ESR will develop numerical models for ropes and cables with transported mass and incorporate the algorithms into open source simulation codes. The workplace will be at the Department of Mechatronics and affiliated with the group Machine Elements and Design which is specialized on the numerical simulation of rigid and flexible multibody systems and on robotics.




  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Mathematics, Computational engineering, Computer Science or related fields is preferred.
  • Experience in mechanical modelling, multibody dynamics or finite elements is highly desirable.
  • Experience in numerical simulation and software development is desirable.
  • High standard of spoken and written English.
  • Qualification as an „Early Stage Researcher“, i.e. at the time of appointment no doctoral degree and less than 4 years of research experience (full-time equivalent) after obtaining a degree that formally allows you to embark for a doctorate.
  • Mobility requirement: at the time of appointment an “Early Stage Researcher” must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Austria for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their appointment.
  • For more details please see here:


The ESR shall develop efficient models for the simulation of mass points transported along ropes and cables, taking into account the 3D contact with sheave batteries. This includes nonlinear finite elements, based on state-of-the-art large deformation beam theory. The arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) formulation shall be embedded into finite element formulations. Efficient computer implementations shall be realized in open source codes using Python and/or C++. The group in Innsbruck has developed C++, Python and MATLAB codes in the field, which can be used for the developments. The section properties of ropes and cables will be based on the result of work package 1 in the THREAD project.

The ESR will join THREAD’s comprehensive secondment programme including a three-month internship at the industrial partner Leitner AG (Sterzing, Italy) to get knowledge on ropeway components and technical issues and one-month secondments to Prof. Jelenić (Rijeka, Croatia) for conventional rod theories, Dr. Linn (Fraunhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern, Germany) for measuring techniques of large deformation rods and Prof. Arnold (Halle, Germany) for numerical time integration and simulation.

Women are strongly urged to apply. Mobility requirements as outlined above are mandatory. All requirements will be evaluated prior to appointment. Please submit your full application dossier only in English until 15 January 2020. Applications must be submitted on the website Applications must include a motivation letter tailored to the research project, the curriculum vitae (Europass format preferred), the digital copy of the highest academic degree (e.g. master) and the contact data of up to three scientific references. For queries about the research project please contact Prof. Johannes Gerstmayr, Email: For queries about the European Training Network THREAD, please contact the project coordinator at

The position is offered with reservation of possible budgetary restrictions. Application portfolios will not be returned, application costs and will not be reimbursed.

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