07. February 2019

WOOD: Dissertation - 2 Junior Researchers in Vienna

Wood K plus (Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH) is a leading research institute in the area wood and wood-related renewable resources.

Our team, Market Analysis & Innovation Research (MAIF) based at Feistmantelstraße 4, 1180 Vienna, is looking for

2 Junior Researchers (40h)
(m/f) for a Dissertation (PhD)

About us

We conduct research at the interface of technology and economy in order to provide  customized information to shape innovation processes and advise our research partners on all issues of the market.

We are looking for two junior researchers for the environmental and socio-economic  assessment of short rotation coppice-based value chains. You will work in the international research project Dendromass4Europe https://www.dendromass4europe.eu/. Your task is to develop a framework to assess the environmental impact following the standard of  Life Cycle Assessment ISO 14040 series (Dissertation 1) and the regional value added
(Dissertation 2) of established value chains in defined rural areas in Slovakia. Both  dissertations aim at comparing the sustainability by the metrics of eco-efficiency (i.e. relating  the potential environmental impacts to value creation).


  • Study of methodological approaches and development of adequate research design
  • Independent collection & analysis of data
  • Publication activities in peer-reviewed journals
  • Presentations at scientific conferences
  • Supervision of Master Theses


  • Completed Master’s degree in a field of study related to the quantification of environmentalimpact, socio-economics, agricultural sciences, systems analysis or natural resources management
  • Knowledge of LCA, socio-economic and/or techno-economic assessments
  • English language proficiency

Other desired qualifications

  • Interested in material technology and production processes
  • Slovak and German language skills
  • Experience in academic writing (e.g. own publications)
  • Project management skills and team player
  • Full commitment to research and willingness to learn

What we offer

  • Full-time employment (40h/week) starting from April 2019
  • Supervision of PhD thesis through Wood K plus and BOKU Institute of Marketing and Innovation (Dr. Franziska Hesser, Dr. Miriam Lettner, Prof. Peter Schwarzbauer)
  • Working in a diverse and dynamic research team
  • Cooperation with industry partners
  • Possibilities for further education
  • Flexible working hours
  • Payment from 2.200,- EUR brutto based on qualification and experience

If you are interested in this position, please forward your application until 21.02.2019 including:

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Research concept on how you would address the research problem focusing on the methodological approach (max. 3 pages)
  • Certificate Master’s degree
  • Copy of Master Thesis
  • Publications and/or working papers (if available)

Please, combine the letter of motivation, CV, research concept, and certificate of Master’s degree into one PDF.

You will find further details in the job description.


Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH
Dr. Lea Ranacher
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz