Student Assistant (f/m/non-binary)

Industrial Internet of Things research group



Heiko Johannsen


+49 241 80-28608



Lehrstuhl für Werkzeugmaschinen

Our Profile

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL at RWTH Aachen University promotes the innovative strength and competitiveness of industry with trend-setting basic research, applied research and with resulting consulting and implementation projects in the field of industrial production and develops practical solutions for future-oriented value creation systems with industrial partners from different sectors. Within the Industrial Internet of Things research group, the Department of Automation and Control Technology at the Chair of Machine Tools deals with complex issues that are thematically located at the interface between mechanical engineering and computer science. The Industrial Internet of Things is the use of smart sensors, actuators and other devices, such as radio frequency transceivers, to improve manufacturing and industrial processes. Within the Industrial Internet of Things, devices are generally networked together to collect, share and analyze data. The insights gained from these processes contribute to greater efficiency and reliability. Wireless communication in particular is increasingly becoming an indispensable part of smart manufacturing and already plays a central role. The development and evaluation of powerful sensor technologies, hardware interfaces and communication protocols for the effective interaction of the different actors within so-called wireless sensor-actuator networks is therefore an important subject of current research and at the same time a content-related component of the advertised position. Our environment offers many opportunities for personal development and opens up the following potential perspectives to you, for example:

  • Collaboration in research operations within the topic complex Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) / Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS) / Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks (WSAN)
  • Expansion and sharpening of your competence portfolio through scientific work 
  • Collaboration on scientific contributions 
  • Flexible working hours (e.g. consideration of exam dates)
  • If interested, the opportunity to write a thesis, if applicable

Your Profile

  • You are prepared to show above-average commitment within the scope of demanding tasks
  • You are interested in programming tasks and have the ability to familiarize yourself with new complex technical issues
  • The willingness to responsibly carry out the assigned tasks is a matter of course for you
  • You already have some programming skills in C, C++, Python or other programming languages
  • You are currently studying mathematics, physics or computer science or engineering sciences
  • You have very good English skills

You are interested? We are happy to hear that! Please send your application documents (short letter of motivation, CV and current grades, optional: with a link to your GitHub profile or other references regarding programming experience from private, university and professional projects) preferably via email in a PDF file to the specified contact person.

Your Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supporting the programming of applications for the analysis of sensor data as well as their visualization
  • Preparation, execution and follow-up of experiments
  • Collaboration in scientifically based literature searches
  • Various cross-sectional tasks within ongoing research and industry projects

What We Offer

The successful candidate will be employed as a student assistant.
The position is to be filled at the earliest possible date and offered for a fixed term of 6 months.
It is intended to extend the contract.
This is a part-time contract position.
The standard weekly hours will be 10-16 hours.
The salary is based on the RWTH Guidelines for Student and Graduate Assistants.
The position corresponds to a pay grade of 13,00 € per hour.

About us

RWTH is a certified family-friendly University. We support our employees in maintaining a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advising, and prevention services, for example university sports. Employees who are covered by collective bargaining agreements and civil servants have access to an extensive range of further training courses and the opportunity to purchase a job ticket.
RWTH is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly from groups that are underrepresented at the University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or age. RWTH is strongly committed to encouraging women in their careers. Female applicants are given preference if they are equally suitable, competent, and professionally qualified, unless a fellow candidate is favored for a specific reason.
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Application deadline:30/04/2024
Mailing Address:RWTH Aachen University
Lehrstuhl für Werkzeugmaschinen
Heiko Johannsen
Steinbachstr. 25
52074 Aachen
Applicants are invited to submit their applications via email. For data protection reasons, however, we recommend sending applications via mail.