Virtual Electrofuel Production Line Design under Volatile Resources / PhD-Researcher Position

Full Time


Braunschweig, Germany


16 Sep 2019

Application Deadline

The Cluster of Excellence SE2A - Sustainable and Energy Efficient Aviation is a DFG-funded interdisciplinary research center investigating technologies for a sustainable and eco-friendly air transport system. Scientists from engineering, economics, chemistry and biology are working on the reduction of drag, emissions and noise, life-cycle concepts for airframes, improvements in air traffic management and new technologies for energy storage and conversion. Technische Universität Braunschweig, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK) and the National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB) have joined forces in this extraordinary scientific undertaking. The overall project is structured into the three core research areas “Assessment of the Air Transport System”, “Flight Physics and Vehicle Systems” and “Energy Storage & Conversion”. The project “Virtual Electrofuel Production Line Design under Volatile Resources” of Dr.-Ing. René Schenkendorf is a subproject of “Fundamentals of Electro-Fuel Synthesis for Aviation”, which is aimed at laying the groundwork of electrochemical synthesis for the systematic and tailored generation of liquid aviation fuels.

Task: The proposed concept aims for a unifying framework blending the design of experiments, rigorous process design, and robustification strategies for a virtual fast screening of novel electrofuel candidates, and their efficient synthesis. In particular, the focus is on: • modeling of the electrochemical synthesis process • solving the resulting dynamic optimization problem of the electro-(bio)chemical process • robustification of the nominal electrofuel synthesis design against volatile resources and impurifications of educts resulting from primary biomass conversation Who we are looking for: • a highly motivated candidate with a master degree in (bio)chemical/process engineering or related disciplines, with • solid knowledge in process systems engineering, dynamic modeling and optimization, statistics/uncertainty quantification • good programming skills (Matlab, Python, Julia or R!) • excellent oral and writing skills in English (language skills in German are beneficial) • self-initiative and a results-orientated working approach Application Process: Applications should be sent by e-mail to Dr.-Ing. René Schenkendorf ([email protected], and must contain the following documents. • Motivation Letter • Curriculum Vitae including complete address, phone number, email address, educational background, language skills, and work experience • copies of bachelor and master diploma and transcript of grades in original language and in English or German translation • additional Documents must be provided on request All documents should be in PDF format, preferably in a single file. Personal data and documents relating to the application process will be stored electronically. Please note that application costs cannot be refunded.

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