Help make aviation more sustainable and climate-neutral. How? Quite simple: Join the Aviation Fuel Impact team at the Institute of Combustion Technology and do research in the field of sustainable aviation fuels!
Despite the progress in electric- and hydrogen-powered airplanes, there are currently no technological alternatives to liquid fuels, particularly for medium- and long-haul flights. Therefore, there is a growing focus on research and development of sustainable fuels as a way to reduce carbon emissions and promote a more sustainable future. Changes in the composition of aviation fuel can influence several aspects of aircraft performance, including fuel efficiency and emissions of pollutants such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter. For example, the use of sustainable aviation fuels, which are produced from renewable sources such as used cooking oil and agricultural waste, can significantly reduce the carbon footprint of aircraft operations while also improving air quality. The composition of aviation fuel can also impact the formation of contrails, which can have an effect on cloudiness and climate. Finally, changes in fuel composition can also affect the cost of fuel and airline operations, with high-performance fuels potentially providing significant cost savings. Therefore, on the one hand, there is a push to approve as many sustainable fuels as possible, while on the other hand, there is a need to ensure that the use of new fuels does not result in any risks.
To address this, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) are being extensively researched at the DLR Institute of Combustion Technology. The institute is involved in a number of large European research projects, both in the field of fuel production and fuel use. The aim is to develop sustainable fuels with a particular focus on minimizing the impact on the climate to enable a world of tomorrow worth living in.
In the last few years, unique data sets on the effects of a wide variety of fuels have been collected in international ground and flight measurement campaigns. On this basis, our team in the department of Multiphase Flow and Alternative Fuels (MAT) develops and applies data-based methods (big data, machine learning, digital twin) to maximize the benefits of sustainable fuels. As part of the department, you will work in an international team of about 12 scientists from Germany and abroad.
Your mission will be the data-driven assessment and optimization of Sustainable Aviation Fuels with respect to aircraft performance, emissions and environmental impact.
You have the following tasks:
Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalleled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (f/m/x).Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.