Research Assistant/Associate (f/m/d) - PhD position on the bioeconomy in the Rhenish mining area



Jörn Viell


+49 241 80 97010



Lehrstuhl für Systemverfahrenstechnik

Our Profile

The chair of Process Systems Engineering (AVT.SVT) is part of Aachener Verfahrenstechnik at RWTH Aachen University, was founded in 2012 and is directed by Prof. Alexander Mitsos, PhD.

Our research covers different disciplines by combining methods of classical engineering, computational science and mathematics.

The method-oriented research is focused on the development of techniques for mathematical modelling as well as process development and control. Besides that, importance is placed on the systematic integration of experimentation and modelling plus the development of numerical algorithms and software tools. The method-oriented emphasis is supplemented by industrial applications of our work.

Your Profile

A prerequisite for employment is a university degree (master's or equivalent) in computational engineering, mathematics, computer science, process engineering, chemical engineering, energy engineering or a related field. Very good project management skills and very good communication skills in English are essential.

Your Duties and Responsibilities

The use of renewable resources will be a key component in achieving climate neutrality and local employment. By scaling up processes to technical scale in a biorefinery combined with innovative spectroscopic methods and both data-driven and model-based optimization, we aim to both generate knowledge and demonstrate relevance for the region. It is a unique opportunity to work in a highly dynamic and motivated environment from process design to implementation of novel value chains. Applications to:


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 of 2 years initially.
An extension for a further year is planned as part of the doctorate.
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. 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:28/02/2024
Mailing Address:RWTH Aachen University
Dr. Jörn Viell
Forckenbeckstraße 51
52074 Aachen
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