DLR-DAAD Doctoral Fellowship Nr. 568


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 for Materials Research in Cologne offers a

DLR-DAAD Doctoral Fellowship

Nr. 568: Optimized Thermoelectric Materials design by digital twinning and machine learning

What to expect:

Thermoelectric devices are highly versatile solid-state devices that can be used for energy conversion and temperature control by Peltier heat pumps. They can thus serve to optimize thermal management of batteries or fuel cells in hybrid-electric cars or to improve systems efficiency of combustion drives fed by renewable fuels. The device performance of a thermoelectric generator or heat pump is governed by the properties of the thermoelectric materials, thermal boundary conditions, device geometry as well as interface effects and loss mechanisms.

For further advancement of these devices and efficient optimization, modelling support complementing experimental work is indispensable. The fellowship dedicated to these problematics shall therefore address:

  • merging together of existing tools for material and device modelling as well as their further development, aiming for device-oriented material and design optimization
  • integration of a pre-existing material data base with the developed numerical methods
  • complementing the direct problem (calculation of device properties from material properties) the inverse problem is to be addressed using AI supported methods

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 physics, mathematics, material sciences, electrical engineering or a related natural or technical science
  • strong background in numerical calculations and simulations Background in thermoelectric materials and/or device modelling Significant experience in programming in a common language
  • significant experience in programming of a common language
  • ability to work in an international and diverse team
  • specialist in thermoelectrics and heat transfer Programming with Python or MATLAB
  • interest in scientific and technological challenges 3D - Finite Element Modelling and Multiphysics Simulation (preferably ANSYS)
  • experience with machine learning
  • 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. Johannes de Boor

E-Mail: Johannes.deBoor@dlr.de

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Location: Germany, Köln, Nordrhein Westfalen
Categories: Electrical Engineering, Machine Learning, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Natural Science, PhD, Physics, technical,


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