Research Assistant/Associate (VKA-No.: 18125)

PhD position in the field "Battery for electrical Powertrains"



Dr.-Ing. Marco Günther


+49 241 80 48080



Institute for Combustion Engines (VKA)

Our profile

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.

Your profile

-University degree (master or comparable) in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with the specialization in control systems
-Fundamental knowledge in mentioned areas
-Good computer skills
-Fluent in English
-Ability to work independently
-Creative, flexible and team-oriented

Additional competences could be beneficial:
-Software- und Tool skills: Matlab/Simulink, ASCET-SD, C, C++, CANoe, INCA

Your responsibilities

M. Sc. (m/f) Mechanical Engineering with the specialization in internal combustion engines / control systems or Electrical Engineering / Electronics / Mechatronics

Your responsibilities will include:
-Characterization of innovative cell technologies
-Design of battery module and pack
-New thermal and electrical concepts for and simulation of batteries
-Battery as part of the structure for electric vehicles
-Planning, execution and smart optimization of cell and battery tests on the component test bench

What we offer

The successful candidate will be employed as a regular employee.
The position is to be filled as soon as possible and limited to 1 year. An extension up to 4 years is provided.
The standard weekly hours will be 39,83.
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position.
The salary corresponds to level EG 13 TV-L.

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Application deadline:29.04.2020
Mailing Address:Lehrstuhl für Verbrennungskraftmaschinen
Forckenbeckstrasse 4
52074 Aachen