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Research Associate (m/f)
"Seasonal heat transport and storage in large scale containers"

Center of Applied Research Institute of new Energy Systems

(Reference number P-18/13)

The Institute of new Energy Systems (InES) is one out of three institutes at the center of applied research at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI). Currently, there are six professors and more than 20 scientists at InES working on pioneering technologies in the field of renewable energies. Please visit for details on selected research projects at InES.

We are seeking a PhD candidate for a research project fully funded by the Free State of Bavaria. The project aims to address key knowledge gaps in seasonal heat transport and storage by means of attuned field and laboratory experiments, as well as by coupled simulation techniques. The project offers dynamic and diverse training opportunities in academic engineering and application-oriented research environments.

The PhD project is dedicated to pit thermal energy storage, and it will be carried out in collaboration with a local industry partner and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, Prof. Blum). The candidate will set up own tank-based laboratory experiments and execute controlled heating/cooling experiments. A main purpose is to transfer the findings from the small-scale laboratory to a selected large-scale field site. The available degrees of freedom in the technological design make this an exciting and both challenging task, which will ideally lead to an optimized storage system. As crucial ingredient, numerical simulation techniques will be applied for interpreting the laboratory measurements.

Your responsibilities:

  • Planning and realization of laboratory experiments and measurements
  • Processing and interpretation of data
  • Systematic technological optimization
  • Process-based analysis using numerical modelling
  • Project coordination with partners from academics and industry as well as supervision of B.Sc. and M.Sc. students
  • Presenting results at conferences and publishing in peer-reviewed journals

Your profile:

We are seeking an enthusiastic and independent person with passion for science and willing to work in an evolving interdisciplinary team. Upon start, applicants must have a completed master's degree in geosciences, environmental sciences, physics, engineering, or any related field. Applicants must be able to learn and pursue experimental research and computational tasks. Good communication skills are essential. Skills in speaking, reading and writing about science in English are a plus, and German language skills are obligatory.

We offer a temporary full-time position for three years. The remuneration shall be in line with the German industrial agreement L salary group 13. The possibility of a cooperative doctorate will be supported. The vacancy can only be filled with reservation of project funding.

The ideal applicant should be comfortable in a multi-faceted, responsible position and should have the ability to work effectively both independently and as a team. We offer a family-friendly working environment, flexible working hours and an attractive workplace.

If you have any questions please contact Prof. Peter Bayer ( or Dr. Ingo Dressel (

Individuals with disabilities of the same suitability will be favoured for this position. We expressly welcome applications from women (Section 7 Subsection 3 BayGIG, Bavarian Women's Equality Law).

Please send your detailed portfolio (Curriculum Vitae, copies of certificates, short statement of research experience and interest, the names and contact information of two potential referees and supporting documents about former employment) stating the reference number as a PDF file by 7 March 2018 to

Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt
Julia Schmidt
Postfach 21 04 54
85019 Ingolstadt
Telefon: 0841 9348-5088

posted: 09 February 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.