DLR-DAAD Doctoral Fellowship Nr. 560


Doctoral Fellowship

Enter the fascinating world of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and help shape the future through research and innovation! We offer an exciting and inspiring working environment driven by the expertise and curiosity of our 11,000 employees from 100 nations and our unique infrastructure. Together, we develop sustainable technologies and thus contribute to finding solutions to global challenges. Would you like to join us in addressing this major future challenge? Then this is your place!

Our Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics in Stuttgart offers a

DLR-DAAD Doctoral Fellowship

Nr. 560: Ecological Evaluation for future aviation powertrains (LCA)

What to expect:

Future aviation will require new powertrains. User acceptance will depend on performance, cost and the degree of sustainability.For different types of powertrains and sustainable fuels like hydrogen fuel cell energy systems, performance measures like energetic efficiency and environmental impacts have to be quantified and optimized. Current activities of the research group Techno Economic Assessment of the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics in the field of different alternative powertrains and sustainable fuels, have to be extended with new ideas, methodologies and experiences. As an innovative researcher you will join the team assessing new powertrains, and different designs there of.

The main task of this postdoctoral position is to develop a practical scheme for linking powertrain design parameters to the optimal performance with minimal ecological impact. Existing in-house software for the ecological assessment of alternative fuel production pathways has to be adapted and extended for the design and operation of innovative aviation powertrains. The candidate must be in the position to identify beneficial powertrain design options, its limitations, challenges and improvement potential. New knowledge has to be included into an existing software tools for continuous performance improvements. Experimental work on future 

powertrains will be conducted by project partners to validate the results. The work includes efficient reporting and communication to colleagues and project partners. In addition to the project work, you are welcome to support and contribute to the R&D activities of the group with your expertise in aviation powertrain design and

assessment by assisting students as well as Ph.D. students in their thesis work with process simulation, cost estimation, lifecycle assessment and project data interpretation.

  • Aviation powertrain design, life cycle assessment and project work including efficient reporting and documentation.
  • Writing scientific publication
  • Driving the further development of the techno-economic and ecological assessment tool in our group, supervise and ensure the good working of project engineers. It is expected of you to take over the supervision of European research projects and ensure scientific excellence in the field
  • Acquire and supervise students.
  • Contribute to scientific project acquisition.

If you are passionate about advancing electrochemical systems and meet the qualifications, we would be delighted to receive your application.

Please apply here: DLR-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme - DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

Further information and current vacancies: DLR Current offers - DAAD

What we expect from you:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Physics or related disciplines with background in powertrain design, cost estimation, LCA etc.
  • Knowledge and experience in aviation powertrains as well as the interpretation of the simulation results.
  • Technical and ecological process evaluation and the capability to find improvements in powertrain designs.
  • Experience in working at European Research projects of the Horizon Europe program is a plus.
  • English competence: See requirements on www.daad.de/dlr

What we offer:

DLR stands for diversity, appreciation and equality for all people. We promote independent work and the individual development of our employees both personally and professionally. To this end, we offer numerous training and development opportunities. Equal opportunities are of particular importance to us, which is why we want to increase the proportion of women in science and management in particular. Applicants with severe disabilities will be given preference if they are qualified.

Further information:

Starting date: As soon as possible 

Type of employment: Full-time


Dr. Ralph-Uwe Dietrich

E-Mail: Ralph-Uwe.Dietrich@dlr.de

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Location: Germany, Stuttgart, Baden Württemberg
Categories: Chemistry, Ecology, Evaluation, Mechanical Engineering, PhD, Physics,


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