Research Assistant/Associate - PhD student (f/m/d)

Simulation Technology, Multi-Body Dynamics Simulation, Robotics, Digital Twins



Juergen Rossmann


+49 241 80-26101



Lehrstuhl und Institut für Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion

Our Profile

Are you interested in professional 3D simulation technology and in particular in the simulation of multi-body dynamics for the realization of comprehensive Digital Twins and innovative Industry 4.0 applications?

You would like to develop your knowledge not only in theoretical areas, but also apply it practically in exciting scenarios–from industrial robotics to current environmental scenarios and AI-based systems to robotic space missions–and realize your own ideas in a professional software infrastructure? Then you have come to the right place, the Institute for Man-Machine Interaction at RWTH Aachen university!

The Institute for Man-Machine Interaction (MMI, is a nationally and internationally very active and successful research institution as part of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of RWTH Aachen University. MMI specializes in modelling, simulating, controlling, and analyzing complex systems in their operational environments, in connecting humans, devices and machines, and in realizing intelligent systems. MMI’s innovative Digital Twins revolutionize the development process and the operation of (not only) robotic systems and are the basis for the convergence of the virtual and real world. The application areas span various industries and disciplines ranging from space robotics, robot manipulators, mobile robots, and road vehicles up to agricultural, forestry, and construction machines.

Your Profile

We seek for a candidate having a university degree (Master or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics with above-average success who likes to work on challenging topics in a research-oriented manner.

You have a sound theoretical knowledge in (technical) mechanics and (numerical) mathematics and are able to apply this knowledge in the context of technology transfer. Ideally, you already have experience in the simulation of dynamic mechanical systems, robot dynamics and/or numerical simulation methods. You also enjoy software development in a team. A good command of written and spoken English is required as well as sound communication capabilities, flexibility and team oriented creativity.

It will be of advantage to have practical experience in programming (ideally C++) and common version management tools (Git/SVN) and to have very good knowledge and experience in at least one of our fields of work. We assume that you are willing to also collaborate on general institute tasks (teaching, project work and project acquisition) and to supervise bachelor's and master's theses as well as publish research results at international conferences or in relevant journals.

Your Duties and Responsibilities

We are looking for research assistants/associates to strengthen our team in the fields of cross-domain physics-based 3D simulation technology.

The challenges of your varied activities range from the execution and coordination of scientific and technology transfer-oriented projects to presenting the results internally and externally.

You independently coordinate your tasks and research by applying agile methods and tools for collaborative software development in order to support your solution-oriented way of working. In addition, you will support the general institute tasks (e.g. in teaching or supervision of theses).

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 offered for a fixed term for two years initially.
An extension to at least three years in total is desired.
The fixed-term employment is possible as it constitutes one of the fixed-term options of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (German Act on Fixed-term Scientific Contracts).
This is a full-time position.
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position.
The salary is based on the German public service salary scale (TV-L).
The position corresponds to a pay grade of EG 13 TV-L.

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. 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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Application deadline:30/06/2022
Mailing Address:RWTH Aachen University
Institute for Man-Machine Interaction
Prof.Dr. Juergen Rossmann
Ahornstrasse 55
52074 Aachen
Applicants are invited to submit their applications via email. For data protection reasons, however, we recommend sending applications via mail.