Research Accomplishments.

The JKU has several Christian Doppler Laboratories (CD Labs), named after the renowned Austrian mathematician and physicist. Research groups work in close cooperation with business partners and conduct basic application-oriented research over a maximum seven-year period. The goal is to find innovative answers to entrepreneurial research questions.

Ongoing CD Labs

Private Digitale Authentifizierung in der Physischen Welt
Duration: 2020-2026
Leader: Univ.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. DI Dr. René Mayrhofer

Nanoscale Phase Transition
Duration: 2019-2025
Leader: DI Dr. Heiko Groiß

Digitally Supperted High-Frequency Tranceivers in Future Mobile Communication Systems
Duration: 2017-2023
Leader: Univ. Prof. Dr. Mario Huemer, Univ. Prof. Dr. Andreas Springer

Model-Integrated Smart Production
Duration: 2017-2023 (in Linz from March 1, 2019)
Leader: Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Manuel Wimmer

Multi-Scale Modeling in Multi-Phase Processes
Duration: 2016-2023
Leader: Priv.-Doz. DI Dr. Simon Schneiderbauer

Ageing, Health and the Labor Market
Duration: 2014-2021
Leader: Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Rudolf Winter-Ebmer, Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerald Pruckner

•Structural Strength Control of Lightweight Construction
Duration: 2014-2021
Leader: Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Martin Schagerl

•Combinatorial Oxide Chemistry - COMBOX
Duration: 2013-2020
Leader: Univ. Prof. Dr. Achim Walter Hassel

•Monitoring and the Evolution of Very Large-Scale Software Systems - MEVSS
Duration: 2013-2020
Leader: a.Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Paul Grünbacher

Former CD Labs

Client-Centered Cloud Computing - CDCC
Duration: 2011-2016, Phase-out period to 09/2017
Leader: Hon. Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Schewe

Efficient Intermodal Transport Control
Duration: 2013-2020, bis 2014 an der JKU
Leader: Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Karl Dörner

•Microscopic and Spectroscopic Material Characterization - CDL-MS-MACH
Duration: 2009-2016
Leader: Assoc.Univ. Prof. DI Dr. David Stifter

•Modeling Particulate Flows
Duration: 2009-2015
Leader: Assoc.Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Stefan Pirker

Nanoscopic Methods in Biophysics
Duration: 2008-2014
Leader: Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Peter Hinterdorfer

•Integrated Radar Sensors
Duration: 2007-2013
Leader: Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Andreas Stelzer

•Laser-Assisted Diagnostics
Duration: 2006-2013
Leader: a.Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Johannes Heitz, a.Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Johannes Pedarnig

•Automated Software Engineering
Duration: 2006-2013
Leader: o.Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Hanspeter Mössenböck

•Surface Optical  Methods
Duration: 2003-2009
Leader: Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Kurt Hingerl

•Automating Mechatronic Systems for the Steel Industry
Duration: 1999-2005
Leader: o.Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Kurt Schlacher

Electro-Mechanical Sensors and Actuators
Duration: 1998-2000
Leader: o.Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Reinhard Lerch

Plastic Solar Cells
Duration: 1998-2004
Leader: o.Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Serdar Niyazi Sariciftci

•Mathematical Modeling and Numeric Simulations
Duration: 1992-1999
Leader: o.Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Heinz W. Engl

•Methods and Tools in Software-Engineering
Duration: 1992-1998
Leader: o.Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Gustav Pomberger

Competence Centres for Excellent Technologies (COMET)

The JKU is involved in several K-Center and K-Projects that are a part of the COMET Program. JKU researchers work together with industrial partners at an internationally competitive level on specifically defined programs. Project duration periods are three to four years and projects at the center can run for up to a ten-year period.

Ongoing K2-Centers, K1-Centers and K-Projects


ACMIT - Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology
Duration: 2010-2021

CHASE - Chemical Systems Engineering
Duration: 2019-2027

K1-MET – Competence Center for Excellent Technologies in Advanced Metallurgical and Environmental Process Development
Duration: 2015-2019; Continuation: "K1-MET"

Pro2Future – Products and Production Systems of the Future
Duration: 2017-2021

RCPE - Competence Center for Pharmaceutical Engineering
Duration: 2015-2019; Continuation: "RCPE"

SCCH - Software Competence Center Hagenberg
Duration: 2015-2018; Continuation: "SCCH"

WOOD - Wood: Next Generation Materials and Processes - From Fundamentals to Implementations
Duration: 2015-2018; Continuation: "Wood Comet"



AEDA - Advanced Engineering Design Automation
Duration: 2014-2018

HOPL - Heuristic Optimization in Production and Logistics
Duration: 2014-2018

imPACts - Industrial Methods for Process Analytical Chemistry - From Measurement Technologies to Information Systems
Duration: 2014-2018

Former K2-Centers, K1-Centers and K-Projects


ASSIC - Austrian Smart Systems Integration Research Center
Duration: 2008-2018; Continuation: "CTR"

CEST – Competence Center for Electro-Chemical Surface Technologies Ltd.
Duration: 2015-2018; Continuation: "CEST"

CEST – Centre of Electrochemical Surface Technology
Duration: 2008-2014

CTR - Carinthian Tech Research AG - Competence Centre for Advanced Sensor Technologies
Duration: 2008-2014

EVOLARIS - evolaris next level
Duration: 2008-2016

FTW - Competence Center for Information and Communication Technologies
Duration: 2008-2015

K1-MET – Competence Center for Excellent Technologies in Advanced Metallurgical and Environmental Process Development
Duration: 2008-2015

RCPE - Competence Center for Pharmaceutical Engineering
Duration: 2008-2015

SCCH - Software Competence Center Hagenberg
Duration: 2008-2014

Wood Comet - Kompetenzzentrum für Holzverbundwerkstoffe und Holzchemie
Duration: 2008-2014



APMT - Advanced Polymeric Materials and Process Technologies
Laufzeit: 2010-2014

e-Motion - Research in ICT for Tourism, Sports and Leisure Industries
Laufzeit: 2008-2011

FFT - Future Farm Technology
Laufzeit: 2010-2014

JOIN4+ Network of Excellence for Joining Technologies
Laufzeit: 2010-2014

K-Licht - Energy Efficient Lighting for Humans Considering Biological & Quality Aspects Using LED, Daylight & Adaptive Controls
Laufzeit: 2010-2015

Micromat - Reliability and lifetime of material interconnects in electronics
Laufzeit: 2010-2014

PAC - Process Analytical Chemistry - Data Acquisition and Data Processing
Laufzeit: 2010-2014

ProDSS - Integrated Decision Support Systems for Industrial Processes
Laufzeit: 2010-2015

Softnet II - Competence Network in Next Generation Software Engineering
Laufzeit: 2010-2013

ERC Grants

High-risk, pioneer research has paid off in the past ten years for a number of renowned JKU researchers as they have been the recipients of prestigious grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC).  Researchers receive approximately between 1.5 and 2.5 million Euros for a five-year period.  ERC grants are awarded to internationally visible and recognized, young and established world-class researchers.

Current Grant Holders

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stefan Müllegger
ERC Consolidator Grant
Title: Single-Atom Radio Frequency Fingerprinting (SARF)
Duration: 2018-2023

Priv. Doz. DI Dr. Martin Kaltenbrunner
ERC Starting Grant
Title: GEL-SYS - Smart HydroGEL SYStems - From Bioinspired Design to Soft Electronics and Machines
Duration: 2018-2022

Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Bert Jüttler
ERC Advanced Grant (Partner)
Title: CHANGE - New CHallenges for (adaptive) PDE solvers: the interplay of ANalysis and GEometry
Duration: 2016-2021

Assoc. Univ. Prof. Ph.D. Rinaldo Trotta
ERC Starting Grant
Title: SPQRel - Entanglement distribution via Semiconductor-Piezoelectric Quantum-Dot Relays
Duration: 2016-2021

Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Gerhard Widmer
ERC Advanced Grant
Title: Con Espressione - Getting at the Heart of Things: Towards Expressivity-Aware Computer Systems in Music
Duration: 2016-2020


Former Grant Holders

Dr. Georgios Katsaros (bis 2016 an der JKU)
ERC Starting Grant
Title: Spajorana - Towards Spin Qubits and Majorana Fermions in Germanium Self-Assembled Hut-Wires
Duration: 2014-2018

Univ. Prof. Dr. Siegfried Bauer
ERC Advanced Grant
Title: Soft-Map - Stretching Soft Matter Performance: From Conformable Electronics and Soft Machines to Renewable Energy
Duration: 2012-2016

Univ. Prof. Dr. Thomas Klar
ERC Starting Grant
Title: ActiveNP - Active and low loss nano photonics
Duration: 2010-2015

Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Alberta Bonanni
ERC Advanced Grant
Title: FunDMS - Functionalisation of Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors
Duration: 2009-2013

Wittgenstein Awards

The Wittgenstein Award is presented to world-class researchers in recognition of their outstanding experience and internationally recognized work. The award is endowed with €1.5 million and gives researchers the freedom and flexibility they need to continue carrying out their research.

Former Award Winners

O. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Serdar Niyazi Sariciftci
Title: Converting Solar Energy
Duration: 2012-2017

Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Gerhard Widmer
Title: Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Music
Duration: 2009-2014

National Research Networks (NRNs) / Special Research Areas (SRAs)

JKU researchers are actively involved in several NRNs/SRAs. These are very high-performance, closely linked, nationwide research networks funded by the Austrian Science Fund and developed in accordance with an international scale.  The goal is to finance and fund scientific and academic research in prime research fields. As part of these networks, researchers focus on interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary, long-term and elaborate research fields for up to an eight-year period.

START Awards

The START Award is presented in recognition of outstanding junior researchers. You have an opportunity to independently create and be responsible for a new or existing working group and can conduct your research knowing that you are financially secure. The award is endowed with a maximum of € 1.2 million for a six-year period.

Former Award Winners

Univ. Prof. Dr. Manuel Kauers
Title: Fast Computer Algebra for Special Functions
Duration: 2010-2018

Dr. Georgios Katsaros (to 2016 at the JKU)
Title: Loch Spin-Qubits and Majorana-Fermionen in Germanium
Duration: 2014-2018

A.Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Heiß
Title: Nanoparticles for Single-Molecule Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy
Duration: 2002-2010


The Austrian Academic of Sciences (ÖAW)

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) operates 28 research institutes in the fields of innovative, application-oriented basic research in humanities, cultural studies, social sciences, and natural sciences. One of these institutes is located at the JKU and in cooperation with mathematicians around the world, JKU researchers focus on fundamental issues and challenges in the field of applied mathematics.

ÖAW Institutes at the JKU

Doctoral Programs

Funded by the Austrian Science Fund, Doctoral Programs are centers of education for highly qualified junior scientists/scholars in the Austrian and international scientific community. The program supports centers of excellence at Austrian research institutions to help ensure the continuity and impact of these kinds of centers.

Ongoing Doctoral Programs

Former Doctoral Programs