As Austria's largest research and technology organisation for applied research, we are dedicated to make substantial contributions to solving the major challenges of our time, climate change and digitisation. To achieve our goals, we rely on our specific research, development, and technology competencies, which are the basis of our commitment to excellence in all areas. With our open culture of innovation and our motivated, international teams, we are working to position AIT as Austria's leading research institution at the highest international level and to make a positive contribution to the economy and society. 


Our Center for Digital Safety & Security located in Vienna invites applications for a PhD Thesis. The research field Computer Vision within the Competence Unit for Data Science & Artificial Intelligence is leading in applied research of highly innovative aspects for scalable Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications as well as data science consulting and solutions for informed decisions based on big, heterogeneous and real-time data under strict IT security and privacy conditions.



  • You will deal intensively with AI based manipulation detection using cutting edge DeepLearning technology. Your work will include the development of forensic AI methods to identify manipulated images such as AI generated pictures, morphed faces and local manipulations.
  • You will be responsible for developing and training AI models (using frameworks such as Tensorflow and PyTorch) and actively collect and synthesize datasets tailored to address and accurately represent the specific problem at hand.
  • You will engage in independent scientific planning, execution and evaluation of studies, scientific preparation of results and summaries for documentation and presentation.
  • Your contributions will enhance our international AI-based computer vision projects for safety and security, with your methods proven effective and utilised by our clients.
  • Additionally, you'll engage in workshops, conferences, and scientific publications, collaborating with diverse teams of engineers, scientists, and industrial partners to expand your professional network and expertise.

Your qualifications as an Ingenious Partner:

  • Master’s studies in the field of computer vision, informatics, mathematics, or a related field
  • Very good knowledge and understanding of image processing, computer vision and machine learning approaches
  • Proficient in Python programming
  • Passion for designing scientific studies to tackle real-world challenges
  • Ideally knowledge in the following areas:
    • Software tools and technologies like Git, Docker, Kubernetes, Continuous Integration (Gitlab CI/CD), ROS
    • Optical Sensors (e.g., RGB, thermal cameras)
  • Interest in reading and writing scientific publications and addressing practical questions from stakeholders
  • Ability to work in a team with initiative, flexibility, and commitment
  • Excellent communication skills (both German and English are required)


  • Duration of the PhD project: 3 years
  • Start date: ideally as soon as possible – However, there is some flexibility concerning the start-date

What to expect: 

The gross annual salary for a PhD position on a part-time basis (30 hours/week) according to the collective agreement is EUR 37.577,40. In addition to numerous events, seminars and networking opportunities, there will be additional company benefits. As a research institution, we are familiar with the supervision and execution of PhD theses, and we are looking forward to supporting you accordingly!

At AIT diversity and inclusion are of great importance. This is why we strive to inspire women to join our teams in the field of technology. We welcome applications from women, who will be given preference in case of equal qualifications after taking into account all relevant facts and circumstances of all applications. 

Join our AIT PhD programme with around 150 international students, carried out in cooperation with renowned universities – Let’s make ideas work – With you? 

Please submit your documents including your CV, cover letter and your certificates (Transcript of records) online.

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Location: Austria, Vienna
Categories: Computer Sciences, Computer Vision, informatics, Machine Learning, Mathematics, PhD, Processing, Software Engineering,


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