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RWTH Aachen - Institute of Heat and Mass Transfer

The vacant position refers to a subproject (C1) of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre 129 “Oxyflame”. Oxyflame is a research cooperation of 11 institutes situated at RWTH Aachen University, Ruhr University Bochum and Technical University Darmstadt. This research center is funded by the German Research Foundation / Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
The overall objective of this research center is the development of a knowledge based model, describing solid fuel combustion within an oyx-fuel atmosphere. Therefore, a detailed investigation of the physico-chemical fundamentals of solid fuel combustion and the interactions between burner aerodynamics, flame and furnace is done in 19 subprojects.
The subproject C1 contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emission from industrial combustion processes. The achieved results are used for the development of combustion and heat transfer models. Engineering companies need these models to develop power plants with which CO2 separation is achieved.
The vacant position is situated at the Institute of Heat and Mass transfer (WSA) at RWTH Aachen University.

Further information can be found on the website of the institute ( an on the Oxyflame webpage ( 

Research Assistant/Associate

Work­ing field:

  • Detailed inves­ti­ga­tion of solid bio­mass com­bus­tion in an oxy-fuel atmo­s­phere.
  • Expe­ri­men­tal inves­ti­ga­ti­ons of flow field, tem­pe­ra­ture and con­cen­tra­tion dis­tri­bu­ti­ons in solid fuel fla­mes with dif­fe­rent advan­ced mea­su­rement tech­no­lo­gies as well as data ana­ly­sis and docu­men­ta­tion of results and fin­dings.
  • Close col­la­bo­ra­tion with sci­en­tist and PhD Stu­dents of the other pro­jects wit­hin the inter­na­tio­nal rese­arch cen­ter to accom­plish objec­tives of your own pro­ject and those of the rese­arch cen­ter.
  • Col­la­bo­ra­tion and par­ti­ci­pa­tion in tea­ching pro­ces­ses of the chair as well as sup­por­ting stu­dents.
  • Auto­no­mous working to solve given tasks and those set by yours­elf.


  • Uni­ver­sity degree (mas­ter or com­pa­ra­ble) in mecha­ni­cal, che­mi­cal engi­nee­ring or com­pa­ra­ble study with above average scores.
  • Inte­rest in inno­va­tive and inter­di­sci­pli­nary topics and pro­ces­ses of solid fuel com­bus­tion.
  • High level of respon­si­bi­lity, initia­tive and team spi­rit.
  • Moti­va­tion for aca­de­mic rese­arch and edu­ca­tion.
  • Good Eng­lish skills are necessary and a good know­ledge of Ger­man is an advan­tage.

What we of­fer:

The posi­tion is a fixed-term employ­ment for one year and is to be fil­led as soon as pos­si­ble. It is plan­ned to extend the posi­tion for ano­t­her 4-year PhD fel­low­ship. 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.

The salary cor­re­sponds to level EG 13 TV-L.

RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity is cer­ti­fied as a "Family-Fri­endly Uni­ver­sity". We wel­come app­li­ca­ti­ons from all sui­ta­bly qua­li­fied can­di­da­tes regard­less of gen­der. 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. RWTH Aachen is an equal oppor­tu­nities employer. We the­re­fore ask you not to include a photo in your app­li­ca­tion. For infor­ma­tion on the collec­tion of per­so­nal data pur­suant to Arti­cles 13 and 14 of the Gene­ral Data Pro­tec­tion Regu­la­tion (GDPR), please visit:

How to ap­ply:

For fur­ther details, please con­tact
Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Kneer
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 80 95400

Dr.-Ing. O. Hatzfeld
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 80 95405

For fur­ther inform­a­tion, please visit our web­site at:

Please send your applic­a­tion by Septem­ber 15, 2019 to
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rein­hold Kneer
Insti­tute of Heat and Mass Trans­fer (WSA)
RWTH Aachen Uni­versity
Augustin­erbach 6
52056 Aachen

You can also send your applic­a­tion via email to 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.