Research Assistant/Associate (VKA-No.: 18130)

PhD students (m/f) for "Research and Development in the Field of Combustion Systems with Optical Flow Diagnostics



Dr.-Ing. Marco Günther


work Phone
+49 241 80 48080



Institute for Combustion Engines (VKA)

Our Profile

At the Institute for Combustion Engines (VKA) and the Center for Mobile Propulsion (CMP) under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. (USA) Stefan Pischinger, research on all topics concerning the vehicle powertrain is conducted. Core focus is still the research on conventional combustion engine development like the implementation of innovative engine designs, fundamental research on more efficient combustion processes also in combination with alternative fuels or the improvement of the engine mechanics and aftertreatment systems. Additional research areas include virtual engine development, hybrid powertrains, electromobility as well as fuel cells and mechatronics for combustion engines. At any time research is closely associated with the ongoing development of intelligent methods for test procedures and engine calibration. The Institute for Combustion Engines employs more than 260 scientific, technical and administrative employees as well as student assistants.

Your Profile

--University degree (Master or comparable) in mechanical engineering with a focus on "combustion / thermodynamics", "fluid mechanics" or comparable.
-Good knowledge of thermodynamics, combustion and internal combustion engines
-Experience with optical measurements
-Basic knowledge of laser optical methods (PIV, LIF etc.) for flow diagnostics desirable
-Experience in the use of analysis software (e.g. MATLAB) is desired.
-Good written and spoken English
-Ability to work independently as a scientist
-Creativity, flexibility, team orientation

Your Duties and Responsibilities

-Application and further development of methods of optical combustion and flow diagnostics
- Experimental work on different test benches (flow test bench, single cylinder, high pressure chamber etc.)
-Use of advanced optical measurement methods
-Development of new measuring techniques
-Development of new fields of application for established methods.
-Extension of the task area with 3D CFD simulations possible
-Supervision and conduction of courses in English

What We Offer

The successful candidate will be employed under a regular employment contract.
The position is to be filled at the earliest possible date and limited to 1 year. An extension up to 4 years is provided.
The standard weekly hours will be 39,83.
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position.
The salary corresponds to pay grade EG 13 TV-L of the German public service salary scale (TV-L).
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. We also offer a comprehensive continuing education scheme and a public transportation ticket available at a significantly reduced price.
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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Number : 24862
Application deadline : 10.11.2021
Mailing Address : Lehrstuhl für Verbrennungskraftmaschinen
Forckenbeckstrasse 4
52074 Aachen