Stefan J. Eder received his graduate degree in Technical Physics in 2004, after which he worked as a freelance researcher and project manager at the Austrian Road Safety Board (KfV). Since 2007 he has been working as a senior researcher and project manager at the Austrian Center of Competence for Tribology (AC2T research GmbH), where he completed his PhD studies on the atomistic simulation of mixed- and boundary-lubricated friction contacts.
In 2015, he received a grant from the Government of Niederösterreich to simulate abrasive processes occurring during polishing and grinding at multiple length and time scales. In March 2017, he won a RIZ GENIUS Idea and Founder Award for his contribution entitled “Virtual Material and Surface Development Toolkit.'”
Since December 2018, he also works as a part-time research associate in Prof. Carsten Gachot’s tribology group at the TU Wien in Vienna. His main research interests in the field of computational materials tribology include the near-surface microstructural development of polycrystalline metals as well as reactive modeling of tribochemical phenomena.