RWTH Aachen - Lehrstuhl für Technische Thermodynamik
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 PhD position is open in the Molecular Systems Engineering group led by Prof. Leonhard.
Research Assistant (w/m/d)
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 by the partners 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 (or comparable) in Chemistry, Physics, (Chemical) Engineering or Engineering Physics.
Good written and verbal communication skills in German and English.
Acquaintance with computational chemistry, ideally with reactive force field methods and quantum mechanical methods and software.
Desirable additional knowledge and experience:
Team player, with good two-way communication skills, highly self-motivated and able to work independently with excellent time management skills.
What we offer:
The position is initially for 15 months and is to be filled at the earliest possible date. An extension to a total of at least 4 years is planned. This is a full-time position with the possibility of a part-time contract upon request.
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree.
The salary corresponds to pay grade EG EG 13 TV-L of the German public service salary scale (TV-L).
RWTH is a certified family-friendly University. We support our employees in maintaining a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advising, and prevention services, for example university sports. We also offer a comprehensive continuing education scheme and a public transportation ticket available at a significantly reduced price. RWTH is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly from groups that are underrepresented at the University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or age. RWTH is strongly committed to encouraging women in their careers. Female applicants are given preference if they are equally suitable, competent, and professionally qualified, unless a fellow candidate is favored for a specific reason. As RWTH is committed to equality of opportunity, we ask you not to include a photo in your application. You can find information on the personal data we collect from applicants in accordance with Articles 13 and 14 of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at http://www.rwth-aachen.de/dsgvo-information-bewerbung.