PhD Position in Search and Visual Exploration of 3D Cultural Heritage Objects (TU Graz)

Published by Max Höfferer
Date: 2018-11-05

We are looking for a motivated researcher on the PhD student level to join the Institute of Computer Graphics and Knowledge Visualization at Graz University of Technology. In context of a newly approved collaborative research project co-funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF and the State Styria, we will research new approaches for interactively searching and visually exploring in collections of 3D objects, with application to the field of cultural heritage. The position is initially available for three years with the possibility to develop a PhD thesis in Computer Science at TU Graz.

Research Context

Recent advances in digitization technology lead to growing amounts of 3D objects becoming available in many applications. As part of this trend, digitization efforts in the cultural heritage field lead to increasing amounts of 3D data representing artifacts, collected in 3D repositories and virtual museums. Also, a wealth of image data and documents exist which represent knowledge on artifacts. We will research novel methods for cross-modal search in 3D and image documents, supporting shape retrieval and comparison tasks in the cultural heritage field. We will also consider novel approaches for visualization of 3D and image content, supporting exploration and association tasks. The project will run in collaboration with researchers from Archaeology, informing and evaluating the methods research.

Applicant Profile

A master degree in computer science, information systems, information science, mechatronics, telematics, mathematics, or related studies is required. One or more of the following skills are required: Knowledge in computer graphics, information retrieval, multimedia databases, data visualization, or interactive systems. Practical skills in a current programming language (e.g., C++, C#, Java, Python, etc.) are required. An interest to work in a collaborative research environment with domain experts in the Humanities is expected.

Position Details and Working Environment

The position is initially available for three years, starting in December 2018 or later. The opportunity to develop a Ph.D. thesis with the Doctoral School for Computer Science at TU Graz is provided. The full-time gross salary for this position is at least 2.794,60 Euro per month (14 times a year) and includes full social insurance.

Our research group offers a creative working atmosphere in a motivated, cooperative, and technically very well equipped environment. We offer excellent professional and personal development possibilities. Our institute is part of the Visual Computing research cluster in Graz, offering an excellent scientific environment at large. The city of Graz and its Styrian surroundings offer exceptional quality of living.

How to Apply

Please send your application including a letter of motivation, CV and supporting documents via email to:, or by postal mail to Institute of Computer Graphics and Knowledge Visualization, Prof. Dr. Tobias Schreck, Inffeldgasse 16c, 8010 Graz, Austria, phone: +43 316 873 5403. Information on our institute is available at Please contact Tobias Schreck for any questions. This position is available until filled.