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Research Assistant (PostDoc) (f/m) at the department for Energy Process Engineering and Conversion Technologies for Renewable Energies
Technische Universität Berlin
Research assistant (PostDoc) -
salary grade 13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen -
2nd qualification period
under the reserve that funds are granted
In 2010, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) and several German universities jointly established the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS),
located on the IITM campus in Chennai, as a platform for international academic exchange and interdisciplinary research collaboration on major sustainable development
issues. In Germany, the IGCS activities are supported by the 'TU9' group of Technical Universities (led by RWTH Aachen University) and Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel.
Focus areas of sustainability education and research relate to water (Kiel Univ.), waste (TU Stuttgart), land use and rural/ urban development (RWTH Aachen Univ.), as well as energy (TU Berlin).
The IGCS is part of the initiative "A New Passage to India" by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and receives funding from the German Federal Ministry for
Education and Research (BMBF) via DAAD and from the Dept. of Science and Technology, Government of India. Since its inception, the IGCS offers short-term Winter/
Summer Schools on various sustainability topics, workshop participations, as well as short- and long-term research stays to students and researchers both from
India and Germany at IGCS Chennai or the German partner universities. German and IITM academic staff closely collaborate both in teaching and research.
At the department for Energy Process Engineering and Conversion Technologies for Renewable Energies research and networking activities between India and
Germany concerning the topic of energy should be developed (further). This also includes spending several months a year at IIT Madras. Thereby, under
consideration of already existing research fields at the department, the following priorities should be set:
Resilience of power grids
Biomass and organic waste for the energy sector
Desalination of seawater
Furthermore, a key task is networking with partner institutions, which includes state agencies in India and Germany as well as the consolidation of existing
networks within the IGCS, and the promotion of research and teaching cooperation. This includes own teaching activities at the IIT Madras. Additionally, the
objective is to form a close interaction with the other IGCS core areas.
The fixed-term work contract will end at the December 31, 2018. An extension of the duration of the project and therefore of the contract end for additional
4 years is pursued and in preparation. Under the reserve that funds are granted the contract will be extended.
You should conduct research projects and teaching together with IGCS colleagues in different formats (e.g. lectures at IITM and your home university in Germany,
create content for workshops, teach and supervise Summer and Winter School students). With the support of the Indian and German project coordinators, you will
actively contribute to organizing events. Furthermore, you will be a point of contact for exchange students and scientists who are planning their stay in Chennai.
The majority of your work time you are required to spend at the IGCS office at IITM in Chennai, at least six of twelve months and preferably all year. You will be
able to solicit research grants in Germany (e.g. DFG, industry) and collaborate with IGCS' area coordinators in Indian research projects, engage in IGCS activities
and support in teaching.
Successfully completed a PhD degree and offer a strong research track record in any of the above-mentioned field of sustainable research (Resilience of power grids,
Biomass and organic waste for the energy sector, Desalination of seawater)
Experience in teaching her/his subject
Fluent in English and German
Work-abroad experience and knowledge of the region
You are expected to engage in interdisciplinary research and to design your own project ideas and focus areas in India.
How to apply:
Please send your written application with the reference number and the usual documents until 31.10.2018 to
Technische Universität Berlin
- Der Präsident - Institute for Energy Technology
Chair of Energy Process Engineering and Conversion
Technologies for Renewable Energies
Prof. Dr. Frank Behrendt
Sekr. RDH 9
or via E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit a copy to the IGCS office at the
RWTH Aachen University
Department 2.3 Mobilität
Mrs. Malin Praktiknjo
or via E-Mail email@example.com.
To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired.
Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favoured.
Please send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.
Further announcements concerning the job advertisement will be made here: http://www.igcs-chennai.rwth-aachen.de/jobs/.
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