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RWTH Aachen - Institute for Combustion Engines (VKA)

At the Institute for Combustion Engines (VKA) and the Center for Mobile Propulsion (CMP) under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. (USA) Stefan Pischinger, research on all topics concerning the vehicle powertrain is conducted. Core focus is still the research on conventional combustion engine development like the implementation of innovative engine designs, fundamental research on more efficient combustion processes also in combination with alternative fuels or the improvement of the engine mechanics and aftertreatment systems. Additional research areas include virtual engine development, hybrid powertrains, electromobility as well as fuel cells and mechatronics for combustion engines. At any time research is closely associated with the ongoing development of intelligent methods for test procedures and engine calibration. The Institute for Combustion Engines employs more than 260 scientific, technical and administrative employees as well as student assistants.

The interdisciplinary post graduate program Integrated Energy Supply Modules for Roadbound E-Mobility (mobilEM) is funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The overall objective is the investigation of the physical foundations of electro-chemical energy storage and its combination with novel fuel-operated range extender units.

Postgraduate position (18143)

Inves­ti­ga­tion of Fuel Cell Sys­tems under extreme envi­ron­men­tal con­di­ti­ons

Work­ing field:

  • Cou­pled inves­ti­ga­ti­ons of bat­tery and fuel cell in the Cen­ter for Mobile Pro­pul­sion (CMP)
  • Deve­lop­ment of models for co-simu­la­tion and test bench mea­su­rements
  • Inves­ti­ga­tion of hybrid ope­ra­ting stra­te­gies to maxi­mize effi­ci­ency and dura­bi­lity


  • Hol­der of a uni­ver­sity degree (mas­ter or com­pa­ra­ble) in mecha­ni­cal or elec­tri­cal engi­nee­ring with above average scores.
  • Inte­rest in inno­va­tive and inter­di­sci­pli­nary topics.
  • High level of respon­si­bi­lity, initia­tive and team spi­rit.

What we of­fer:

The posi­tion is limi­ted to 1 year and is to be fil­led by Octo­ber 1, 2019. An exten­sion up to 4 years is pro­vi­ded. The stan­dard wee­kly hours will be 39,83 hours.

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
Dr.-Ing. Marco Günther
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 80 48080
Fax: +49 (0) 0241 80 22994

Please send your application by August 28, 2019 to
RWTH Aachen University
Lehrstuhl für Verbrennungskraftmaschinen
Forckenbeckstrasse 4
52074 Aachen