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RWTH Aachen - Research Training Group "Energy, Entropy, and Dissipative Dynamics"

Applications are invited for ten doctoral positions in mathematics within the Research Training Group "Energy, Entropy, and Dissipative Dynamics" at RWTH Aachen University. The program will provide doctoral researchers with a high-quality education in analysis, modeling, and numerics in the fields of nonlinear partial differential equations and applied mathematics. Carefully selected research projects---tied together by the use of energy and/or entropy functionals and their dissipation mechanisms as a tool for understanding the properties of the system and the admissible dynamics---will introduce doctoral researchers to relevant and challenging topics at the forefront of current mathematical research.

Employment will be for three years, starting in October 2017 or later. Doctoral researchers will be employed in accordance with the collective agreement TV-L, which in particular specifies the salary. The positions are funded by Deutsche Forschungemeinschaft (DFG). 

Research Assistant/Associate

Work­ing field:

Doc­to­ral rese­ar­chers will work on a nume­ri­cal or theo­re­ti­cal rese­arch pro­ject, par­ti­ci­pate in the activi­ties of the Rese­arch Trai­ning Group, and pur­sue a doc­to­ral degree.

App­li­ca­ti­ons must be writ­ten in Eng­lish or Ger­man and should be emai­led to con­tai­ning in a sin­gle .pdf-file the

  • com­ple­ted app­li­ca­tion form (down­load at,
  • cover let­ter explai­ning moti­va­tion,
  • cur­ri­cu­lum vitae,
  • sum­mary of mas­ter's the­sis,
  • tran­script (list of all cour­ses inclu­ding gra­des),
  • and copies of degree cer­ti­fi­ca­tes.

App­li­cants are asked to inform them­sel­ves beforehand about the spec­trum of pos­si­ble Ph.D. topics (see and to state and explain their pre­fe­ren­ces in their cover let­ter. Addi­tio­nally, two let­ters of recom­men­da­tion by senior sci­en­tists, com­men­ting on the app­li­cant's qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons, should be sent directly to the email address

As the Rese­arch Trai­ning Group aims to pro­mote excel­lent female doc­to­ral rese­ar­chers, female can­di­da­tes are par­ti­cu­larly encou­ra­ged to apply.


We are loo­king for highly moti­va­ted, excel­lent can­di­da­tes with strong mathe­ma­ti­cal skills and inte­rest in app­lied mathe­ma­tics. App­li­cants must hold a mas­ter's or equi­va­lent degree in mathe­ma­tics or a rela­ted field. Know­ledge in nume­rics of hyper­bo­lic or kine­tic equa­ti­ons and/or ana­ly­sis of non­linear par­tial dif­fe­ren­tial equa­ti­ons is requi­red, as is flu­ency in both writ­ten and spo­ken Eng­lish.

What we of­fer:

The posi­tion is for 3 years and is to be fil­led by Octo­ber 1, 2017. Fun­ding is pro­vi­ded by Deut­sche For­schungs­ge­men­in­schaft (DFG) via Rese­arch Trai­ning Group "Energy, Entropy, and Dis­si­pa­tive Dyna­mics." This is a part-time posi­tion (75% of the stan­dard weekly hours for full-time employees).

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 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. Michael Westdickenberg
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 80-94569
Fax: +49 (0) 241 80-92323

Prof. Dr. Michael Herty
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 80-94510
Fax: +49 (0) 241 80-92515

For further information, please visit our website at:

Please send your application by September 9, 2017 to
Lehrstuhl für Mathematik (Analysis)
RWTH Aachen University
Templergraben 55
52062 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.