Research Associate / PhD Student, Institute of Power Engineering

Dresden, Sachsen (DE)
31 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
15 May 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), as a University of Excellence, is one of the leading and most dynamic research institutions in the country. Founded in 1828, today it is a globally oriented, regionally anchored top university as it focuses on the grand challenges of the 21st century. lt develops innovative solutions for the world's most pressing issues. In research and academic programs, the university unites the natural and engineering sciences with the humanities, social sciences and medicine. This wide range of disciplines is a special feature, facilitating interdisciplinarity and transfer of science to society. As a modern employer, it offers attractive working conditions to all employees in teaching, research, technology and administration. The goal is to promote and develop their individual abilities while empowering everyone to reach their full potential. TUD embodies a university culture that is characterized by cosmopolitanism, mutual appreciation, thriving innovation and active participation. For TUD diversity is an essential feature and a quality criterion of an excellent university. Accordingly, we welcome all applicants who would like to commit themselves, their achievements and productivity to the success of the whole institution.

At the Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering, the Institute of Power Engineering, Chair of Imaging Techniques in Energy and Process Engineering offers three positions as

Research Associate / PhD Student (m/f/x)
(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

within a junior research group funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection

"Radiation based imaging techniques for nuclear safety research"

starting as soon as possible. The position is limited until December 31, 2025 with the option of extension and entails 75 % of the fulltime weekly hours. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz-WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification (usually PhD).

Tasks: How do water and steam flow in the fuel elements of a nuclear reactor? Are fuel elements stored in CASTOR containers still intact after 50 years? These are questions that interest our junior research group. To answer them, we are developing state-of-the-art radiation-based imaging techniques here in Dresden with ultrafast X-ray tomography and muon imaging, which are unique worldwide. In doing so, we cooperate with various research partners worldwide. 

Requirements: For the staffing of our junior research group, we are looking for exceptional and dedicated talents who will be given the opportunity to gain scientific qualifications in an interdisciplinary engineering environment.

  • You have a very good university degree (diploma, master's degree) in mechanical engineering, physics or a related subject as well as very good basic knowledge of mathematics and physics
  • You have basic knowledge of energy and process engineering
  • You are interested in at least one of the following scientific fields:
    • experimental and numerical thermal fluid dynamics,
    • radiation-based imaging techniques (X-ray imaging, muon imaging)
  • You are curious, have an affinity for technology, are willing to perform and communicative You are able to think in an interdisciplinary way, quickly familiarise yourself with new topics and convince with a team-oriented and independent way of working
  • You have practical experimental skills and abilities
  • You can actively communicate with scientific partners, also in English
  • Are you interested?

We would be happy to explain your tasks within the junior research group in an interview.

TUD strives to employ more women in academia and research. We therefore expressly encourage women to apply. The University is a certified family-friendly university and offers a Dual Career Service. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. If multiple candidates prove to be equally qualified, those with disabilities or with equivalent status pursuant to the German Social Code IX (SGB IX) will receive priority for employment.

Please submit your comprehensive application including the usual documents by 15.05.2023 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies) preferably via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf-document to or by mail to: TU Dresden, Fakultät Maschinenwesen, Institut für Energietechnik, Professur für Bildgebende Messverfahren für die Energie- und Verfahrenstechnik, z.Hd. Herrn Dr. Michael Wagner, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden. Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.

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