Research Assistant / Associate (f/m/d) - Combustion Technology and Hydrogen in Thermoprocessing Technology

Defossilization and energy efficiency of melting, heating and heat treatment processes



Nico Schmitz


+49 241 80-26064



Lehrstuhl für Hochtemperaturtechnik und Institut für Industrieofenbau und Wärmetechnik

Our Profile

RWTH Aachen University is one of the most renowned technical universities in Europe with approx. 42,000 students and approx. 10,000 employees.

The Department for Industrial Furnaces and Heat Engineering IOB at RWTH Aachen University is one of the leading research institutes in industrial furnace technology and is particularly concerned with sustainable thermal process technology in material production. In this context, research topics of process and plant optimisation in the areas of production, processing and recycling of iron and steel, non-ferrous metals as well as glass and ceramics are dealt with in a total of five scientific working groups.

The current focus is on the defossilisation of melting, reheating and heat treatment processes. Focus topics are low-pollution and CO2-neutral combustion technologies, process modelling and simulation, increasing energy and resource efficiency and the development of new process technology and plant engineering. In addition to its specialisation, the IOB is characterised by application-oriented research in close cooperation with industry.

Your Profile

The prerequisites for joining the IOB are a technical university degree (Master or equivalent) in materials engineering, mechanical engineering, process engineering, industrial engineering or comparable fields of study with above-average results, as well as fluency in written and spoken German and English.

If possible, you have in-depth knowledge in the field of thermoprocessing technology, combustion technology or the use of hydrogen as a fuel. Methodical knowledge in the field of CFD simulation and/or experimental work on industrial furnaces is desirable.

You have a high degree of independence, commitment and a strong hands-on mentality. You would like to develop and realize your own ideas. You enjoy to work in a team, but you can also concentrate on your own, for example on the development of CFD models.

Your Duties and Responsibilities

As a research assistant / associate at the IOB, we offer you the opportunity to work on projects in the field of combustion technology for industrial furnaces with a focus on the use of hydrogen as a fuel. In close cooperation with industrial partners you will work on the modeling and simulation of combustion processes for heating or heat treatment of steel or non-ferrous metals.

Your field of work includes the publication of your scientific results, including presentations at national and international conferences and publications in high quality journals. In addition, you will support the teaching activities of the institute by supervising courses and student theses. The job thus offers a varied spectrum of theoretical, practical and organizational work.

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 one year.
The option to extend the contract to four years is available and desirable.
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:30/09/2022
Mailing Address:RWTH Aachen University
Lehrstuhl für Hochtemperaturtechnik und Institut für Industrieofenbau und Wärmetechnik
Dr. Nico Schmitz
Kopernikusstr. 10
52074 Aachen
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