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.
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.
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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