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he Institute of Spatial Planning, at TU Wien is offering a position as Project Assistant (Prae-doc)/PhD student for 3 years for 20 hours/week. Expected start date: September 2022.


This vacant position is part of the BUILD CARE (Building Support for Children and Families Affected by Stroke) project funded by the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases and coordinated by Dr.-Ing. Maja Kevdzija, Assistant Professor in Healthcare Design. This research project is a collaboration between the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Planning at TU Wien, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the Medical University of Vienna, Chair of Social and Health Care Buildings and Design at TU Dresden (Germany) and the Research[x]Design group at KU Leuven (Belgium). One of the aims of this project is to evaluate the economic consequences of childhood stroke for the affected families as well as the healthcare system.

The vacant position concerns doctoral research around the following research questions:

(1) What is the long-term financial burden of childhood stroke for affected families

(2) What is the effect of childhood stroke on future healthcare utilization and costs?

The PhD research will be supervised by Assistant Prof. Anna-Theresa Renner and Prof. Michael Getzner at the Department of Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy (


We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and communicative researcher with a Master (Diplom) degree in Economics or a related field of the Social sciences. The candidate should have a strong interest in performing quantitative scientific research. The candidate should have distinguished themselves during the studies (excellent grades and/or publications) and should aim to acquire a PhD degree in the course of three years.

The candidate is expected to

• have a clear interest in the subject, and some experience in quantitative methods and/or economic evaluations;

• enjoy solving problems and working with quantitative datasets;

• have proven data handling skills (preferably with statistical software such as Stata or R);

• have the capability to work both independently and in an international and multidisciplinary research team;

• have proficiency in German and English;

• have excellent communication skills, both oral and written;

• write scientific papers and publish research findings at international conferences and in international journals.


As a Project Assistant on the BUILD CARE project, you will

• Complete a doctoral thesis with the focus on Health Economic Evaluations;

• Collaborate on research tasks with a multidisciplinary and international research team;

• Conduct systematic literature research on the topic;

• Collect and handle administrative health data;

• Analyse collected data and interpret the research results;

• Write scientific publications;

• Present research findings at scientific conferences.

We offer:

• Continuing personal and professional education and flexible working hours;

• Multidisciplinary international research environment;

• Regular exchange with other PhD students from Vienna, Germany and Belgium working on the BUILD CARE project;

• Regular discussion and feedback from project partners in Austria, Germany and Belgium;

• Opportunity to participate in research collaborations and international conferences;

• Affiliation with TU Wien, Austria’s largest research and educational institution;

• Central location with very good accessibility (U1/U2/U4 Karlsplatz);

• A creative environment in one of the most liveable cities in the world.


For more information, please contact Assistant Prof. Anna-Theresa Renner via e-mail to

If you apply, make sure to include in your application

• your Curriculum Vitae,

• 1-page letter of motivation (why do you apply for this position?),

• study curriculum with rankings,

• German and English proficiency (for foreign students),

• Pdf of diploma and transcripts (translation if necessary),

• names (and e-mail) of 2 reference persons and the nature of your contact with them.

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:

Entry level salary as a predoctoral researcher is covered by level B1 of the Austrian Collective Agreement for university staff, and receives a minimum of currently EUR 1,491.73/month gross, 14 times/year (50% position).

We look forward to receiving your application by 31.03.2022.

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