Research Assistant/Associate

PhD students (m/f) for "Research and Development in the Field of Optical Flow Diagnostics" (VKA-No.: 18129)



Dr.-Ing. Marco Günther


+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 equivalent) in mechanical engineering or physics with a focus on "thermodynamics", "fluid mechanics", "optics" or equivalent
-Good knowledge of fluid mechanics
-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 responsibilities

-Application and further development of methods of optical flow diagnostics
-Experimental work on different component test benches
-Use of advanced optical measurement methods
-Various possibilities for specialization (turbochargers, cylinder heads, air paths etc.)
-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 as a regular employee.
The position is to be filled as soon as possible 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 level EG 13 TV-L.

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Application deadline:06.11.2019
Mailing Address:Lehrstuhl für Verbrennungskraftmaschinen
Forckenbeckstrasse 4
52074 Aachen