RWTH Aachen - Chair of Technical Thermodynamics at RWTH Aachen University covers all relevant scale
The Chair of Technical Thermodynamics at RWTH Aachen University covers all relevant scales for the description of a process starting from the molecules up to the full process scale. The chair presently hosts 4 professors and more than 40 PhD students. It is tightly engaged in cooperation projects on biofuel production and utilisation as well as on CO2 utilisation with industrial and academic partners. The open PhD position is located in the Molecular Systems Engineering group led by Prof. Leonhard.
Research Assistant/Associate - Ab initio modelling of the stability of ionic liquids
Often, the stability of ionic liquid (ILs) is mentioned as one of their major advantages. Nevertheless, in many potential applications issues with their stability show up which have been studied very little up to now. The present project aims at filling this gap by theoretical (RWTH) and experimental (University of Rostock) studies. You will research the reaction networks that describe the decomposition of ILs. You will perform ab initio simulations, simulations with reactive force fields, and quantum chemical calculations. You will validate your results with experimental results obtained in Rostock. Based on these results, we will jointly develop simplified rules for the stability of ILs based on their structure. The ultimate goal is the decision whether a given IL has a sufficient long-term stability for a process of interest. The methods will be tested for practical applications like IL and electrolyte solutions in batteries and fuel cells.
MSc degree in Chemistry, Physics, (Chemical) Engineering or Engineering Physics.
Good written and verbal communication skills in German and English.
Desirable additional knowledge and experience:
Acquaintance with computational chemistry, ideally with reactive force field methods and quantum mechanical methods and software.
Team player, with good two-way communication skills, highly self-motivated and able to work independently with excellent time management skills.
What we offer:
What we offer:
The successful candidate will be employed as a regular employee.
The position is to be filled as soon as possible and initially for 15 month. An extension to a total of at least 3 years is planed.
This is a full-time position. It is also available as part-time employment per request.
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position.
The salary corresponds to level EG 13 TV-L.
RWTH Aachen University is certified as a Family-Friendly University.
We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled persons and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University.
The principles of fair and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit.
How to apply:
For further details, please contact
Prof. Dr. Leonhard
Tel.: +49 (0) 2418098174
Fax: +49 (0) 241809255
Please send your application by February 28, 2019 to
Prof. Dr. Leonhard
You can also send your application via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, however, that communication via unencrypted e-mail poses a threat to confidentiality as it is potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access by third parties.