Career Opportunities

Research Assistants

The Depart­ment for Indus­tri­al Fur­naces and Heat Engi­nee­ring at RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­si­ty is orga­ni­zed into five rese­arch groups:

  • Rene­wa­ble Ener­gies and Low-CO2 Pro­cess Heating
  • Com­bus­ti­on and Bur­ner Technologies
  • Ener­gy and Mass Balances
  • Indus­tri­al Fur­nace Technology
  • High Tem­pe­ra­tu­re Flows

If you are inte­res­ted in joi­ning one of our rese­arch groups, the­re are the fol­lo­wing possibilities:


First, plea­se con­sider that we do not offer a struc­tu­red PhD pro­gram. So, if you want to pur­sue a PhD at our depart­ment, it would have to be an indi­vi­du­al doc­to­ra­te. You can find basic infor­ma­ti­on on the indi­vi­du­al doc­to­ra­te e.g. on the Rese­arch in Ger­ma­ny web­site. In gene­ral, the­re are two pos­si­bi­li­ties to do a doc­to­ra­te at our department:

  • a rese­arch assistant position
  • a scho­lar­ship

From time to time we have vacan­ci­es for paid rese­arch assistant posi­ti­ons. We are then loo­king for dri­ven employees who would like to work nume­ri­cal­ly and/or expe­ri­men­tal­ly in the field of ther­mopro­cess. Your tasks would include the hand­ling of rese­arch pro­jects, but also clo­se coope­ra­ti­on with indus­tri­al part­ners and the imple­men­ta­ti­on of indus­tri­al pro­jects. A par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in tea­ching, e.g. con­duc­ting tuto­ri­als or super­vi­sing lab cour­ses, is also part of your acti­vi­ties. In addi­ti­on, the­re is the pos­si­bi­li­ty of wri­ting your doc­to­ral the­sis within the scope of your work at the department.

If no posi­ti­ons for rese­arch assistants are available, you can app­ly for a scho­lar­ship e.g. from the DAAD or from other scho­lar­ship pro­vi­ders. Howe­ver, if you would like to pur­sue this opti­on, plea­se get in cont­act with us ear­ly on to dis­cuss your ide­as for a rese­arch pro­po­sal and if the­re are free capa­ci­ties to super­vi­se your doctorate.

The pre­re­qui­si­te for both opti­ons is a gra­dua­te level uni­ver­si­ty degree in engi­nee­ring or phy­sics. Know­ledge in the field of flu­id mecha­nics, ther­mo­dy­na­mics, metall­ur­gy, com­bus­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy or heat trans­fer is an advan­ta­ge. Inde­pen­dent sci­en­ti­fic and team-ori­en­ted work as well as good Eng­lish skills and the wil­ling­ness to learn Ger­man are required.

Visiting Researcher

We alre­a­dy had the plea­su­re to host a num­ber of visi­ting rese­ar­chers, e.g. from Aus­tria, Ita­ly, Fin­land, Mexi­co, South Afri­ca or South Korea. We are always open to dis­cuss pos­si­bi­li­ties of a rese­arch stay at our depart­ment. Plea­se feel free to cont­act us, if you are inte­res­ted in our work and would like to dis­cuss a rese­arch visit.

Student Assistants

The­re are regu­lar vacan­ci­es for stu­dent assistants at the Depart­ment. The working hours are bet­ween 6 and 19 hours per week. The­re is the pos­si­bi­li­ty of wri­ting a Bache­lor the­sis and/or a Mas­ter the­sis in addi­ti­on to the working hours.

The fields of work include mea­su­re­ments on various ple­xi­glass models (lad­le, tun­dish, mould) with 3D-PIV, 3D-LDA, laser light-sec­tio­ning methods for flow visua­li­sa­ti­on, gas ana­ly­sis sys­tems for pro­cess and flue gas inves­ti­ga­ti­ons inclu­ding mea­su­re­ment data acqui­si­ti­on (Lab­view) and eva­lua­ti­on. On the theo­re­ti­cal side, flu­id and ther­mal pro­ces­ses are to be model­led under gui­dance and cal­cu­la­ted, e.g. with the CFD code FLUENT or OpenFOAM.

If you are inte­res­ted, plea­se cont­act the group mana­gers.

Current Vacancies — Student Assistants

Cur­rent vacan­ci­es for stu­dent assistants are descri­bed in more detail on the Ger­man web­page. The respec­ti­ve rese­arch assistant can be cont­ac­ted if you are inte­res­ted or have any ques­ti­ons regar­ding the work tasks.

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