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2019-03-18 [

G. Canek


Parallelization of scalable domain decomposition methods




  • This PhD is part of a Marie Curie Training Network dealing with Virtual Reality Audio for Cyber Environments (VRACE). The research is highly multidisciplinary and will take place in the context of the call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018. The advertised position is one of 15 related but complementary positions funded by the European Training Network (ETN) 812719 “VRACE. This ETN deals with analysis, modelling, numerical simulation and reconstruction of dynamic 3-dimensional soundscapes for applications in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). All ESRs participate in a PhD program and receive an international 3-year PhD training for excellence organized by 9 cooperating Universities and their industrial partners, such as Siemens, MuellerBBM, Sennheiser and Facebook Reality Labs (former Oculus).
    Women are particularly encouraged to apply! The VRACE network strives to improve gender balance in research.

  • As Early State Researcher (ESR4) within this project, you develop domain decomposition methods (DDMs) for the efficient computation of wave propagation. Both in vibro- and aero-acoustics, non-conforming grid interfaces are highly desirable to arrive at an optimal discretization for each sub-domain. A non-conforming grid technique as Nitsche-type mortaring (see, e.g., M. Kaltenbacher (Ed). Computational Acoustics. CISM Courses and Lectures, Springer, Vol. 579, 2018) fulfils the physical interface conditions between the different sub-domains and results in highly efficient computational schemes. The proof of concept will be run on the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC, offering 32320 XEON CPU cores as well as CUDA access to state-of-the-art GPUs.


  • You have a master degree in engineering, scientific computing, computational engineering, physics or mathematics, obtained no longer than four years ago, and performed above average in comparison to my peers.
  • You are in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and you have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • You are proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You have not had residence or main activities in Austria for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.
  • During your courses or prior professional activities, you have gathered experience with the physical principles of acoustics, and numerical solution techniques, such as the Finite Element Method, Finite Volume Method or Discontinuous Galerkin Method.
  • You feel comfortable to work as a team member and you are eager to share your results to inspire and being inspired by your colleagues.
  • During your PhD you want to grow towards following up the project that you are involved in and representing the research group on project meetings and conferences.


To apply for this position, please enclose the following documents:

  • full CV – mandatory
  • motivation letter – mandatory
  • full list of credits and grades of both BSc and MSc degrees (as well as their transcription to English if possible) – mandatory (when you haven’t finished your master degree yet, just provide us with the partial list of already available credits and grades)
  • proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, …) - if available
  • two reference letters - if available
  • your MSc thesis and recent publications - if available

You can apply for this job no later than July 12, 2019 by sending the required documents (compress all files into one zip-file) via email to Prof. Manfred Kaltenbacher (,, who will also be your contact for more information. In addition visit