The Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics (ILSB) of TU Wien invites applications for the position of a University Assistant (30h/week) in the area of biomechanics and proteomics. The successful candidate will conduct research towards a PhD thesis. In particular he/she will investigate healthy and degenerated meniscal tissue micro- / nano-mechanics using atomic force microscopy, spatially resolved micro-indentation and dedicated existing custom-made devices. Composition will be investigated via spatially mass-spectrometry methods under supervision of Prof. M. Marchetti-Deschmann of the Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics of TU Wien. After successfully establishing correlated mechanics and compositional datasets, a further step would be to compare retrieved data, to chemical magnetic resonance images (MRI) available through a clinical partner. In the long run we envision this to become a tool for early detection of meniscal degeneration and osteoarthritis.