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The Chair of Thermal Turbomachinery and Aeroenginesof of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is looking for a 

research associate (m,f,x) for 3 years with 39,83 hours weekly, E13 (TVL)

The Chair of Thermal Turbomachines and Aeroengines in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Ruhr University Bochum (LSTTF) is among the leading research groups in Germany in the field of experimental and numerical investigation of energy transformation systems. Cutting-edge numerical and experimental research is carried out, covering a broad spectrum of topics from classic turbomachinery aerothermodynamics, aeroelastics, two-phase flows and non-ideal compressible fluid dynamics with a strong focus on the design and optimisation of modern fluid energy machines to be employed in innovative cycles for power generation, energy storage and process engineering and using essentially non-conventional working fluids (such as steam, supercritical as well as transcritical CO2 flow, hydrogen, ammonia, organic fluids and mixtures).

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application dateline:
10.07.2022

Your tasks:

  • Within upcoming research projects, new concepts of expansion machines for transcritical CO2 as well as hydrogen will be developed in close cooperation with industry and academic research partners. The expansion of hydrogen in axial machines instead of simple valves is an attractive way of recovering work. Appropriate machines must be devised, however, accounting for a much larger number of stages as it is the case for conventional working fluids (e.g. air, methane). To reduce the production costs, new blade manufacturing technologies are being explored whereby a compromise must be made between blade quality (and hence costs) and global machine performance. To this aim, a set of steady as well as unsteady measurements techniques (hot-wire anemometry, 5-hole probes, steady and unsteady pressure measurements) will be employed to characterise the chair’s own four-stage axial turbine test-rig thus generating a unique set of data for the validation of the high-fidelity numerical simulations to be performed in a parallel project. We look for highly motivated, enthusiastic and highly qualified research assistants, who will carry out the proposed research engaging in experimental investigations with the possibility of obtaining a doctorate.

Your profile:

  • MSc/Diploma in the field of Engineering or equivalent (emphasis on experimental work)
  • Good knowledge (Master-level) of fluid energy machines aerodynamics and thermodynamics as well as turbulence modelling;
  • Familiarity with steady and unsteady intrusive velocity and pressure measurement techniques (Hot Wire Anemometry, pneumatic multi-hole probes, time-resolved pressure measurements)
  • Familiarity with laboratory data acquisition systems and software (such as LabView) and with the appropriate scripting and user coding
  • Basic knowledge of construction and technical drawing
  • Mastering of or willingness to learn the German and English languages is desirable
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability of working in an international, highly dynamic and motivated team are an invaluable asset

Our offerings:

  • a dynamic environment
  • employment at one of the largest universities in Germany in the University Alliance Ruhr network
  • Possibilities of location-flexible work
  • Day care center on campus
  • Extensive opportunities for further education and training

Additional information:

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

The selection and employment processes will take place only upon approval and funding of the project application.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.


The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Prof. Dr. Francesca di Mare, Phone: +49234 32 22985

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/information-collection-personal-data-application-process.

Complete application documents with clear indication of the job posting ID 674 and the names and contact details of three reference persons are to be sent exclusively in electronic form (PLEASE ONLY 1 PDF file) by 10.07.2022 to: lsttf@rub.de

Important note: The receipt of applications will only be acknowledged after the closing date of the call for applications has passed.


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