PhD scholarship, H2 and H2-based Fuels in Internal Combustion Engine Applications job with TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DRESDEN (TU DRESDEN)

The Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), as a university of excellence, is one of the most important and dynamic research institutions in the country. Founded in 1828, it is today a leading university with a global vocation and rooted in the region, as it focuses on the great challenges of the 21st century. It develops innovative solutions for the world’s most pressing problems. In research and academic programs, the university unites the natural and engineering sciences with the humanities, social and medical sciences. This wide range of disciplines is a particularity, facilitating interdisciplinarity and the transfer of science to society. As a modern employer, it offers attractive working conditions for all employees in education, research, technology and administration. The objective is to promote and develop their individual abilities while allowing everyone to reach their full potential. TUD embodies a university culture characterized by cosmopolitanism, mutual appreciation, thriving innovation and active participation. For TUD, diversity is an essential characteristic and quality criterion of an excellent university. Accordingly, we welcome all applicants who wish to commit their achievements and productivity to the success of the entire institution.

The Boysen-TU Dresden Research Training Group for Young Researchers in Engineering, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, co-funded by the Friedrich and Elisabeth Boysen Foundation and the Technische Universität Dresden, offers a doctoral scholarship of January 1, 2023, for a maximum of 3 years, subject to available funds. The interdisciplinary The research training group, now in its fourth generation, conducts research on the general topic Hydrogen economy – strategic element of a future GreenGas agreement. It consists of four groups. Pole H: Techno-economic modeling of hydrogen value-added networks combines four sub-projects (SP).

A suitable person (m/f/x) is sought to work on the subject SP H4: H2 and H2-based fuels in internal combustion engine applications. The Professorship for Combustion Engineering and Drive Technology of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences “Friedrich List” of TU Dresden is responsible for supervision. Interdisciplinary supervision takes place in the common rooms of the Research Training Group.


The focus of the surveys is research on renewable fuels (ReFuels). This includes hydrogen as well as hydrogen-based fuels like ammonia and methanol, the latter being refined from hydrogen using recycled carbon. In the medium term, carbon will come from CO2 captured directly from the air, thus establishing a closed carbon cycle without additional CO2 emissions. In the project, several processes of mixture formation and combustion are to be studied, which, in particular, should significantly increase the efficiency of previous concepts. An open-ended approach to technology will be pursued, as a commitment to a particular mixture formation process (high, medium or low pressure injection, direct or port injection) or a particular ignition method will hamper the search for optimal solutions.

Applicants should have an above-average university degree in mechanical engineering and a high degree of willingness to engage in interdisciplinary work and research. Acceptance of the scholarship obliges your presence at the offices of the research group in Dresden three fixed days a week. Participation in the college’s teaching program is compulsory (24 ETCS in 3 years).

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 applicants with disabilities. If more than one applicant is found to be equally qualified, persons with disabilities or equivalent status under German Social Code IX (SGB IX) will be given priority for employment.

Please send your convincing application including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates or other relevant qualifications (language certificates, continuing education) and a max. 10-page sample text (e.g. final thesis, dissertation, or publication) up to November 21, 2022 (the arrival date stamped from the university’s central mail service applies) with the subject “SP H4: H2 and H2-based fuels in internal combustion engine applications”, preferably via the SecureMail portal of TU Dresden as a single PDF document to [email protected] Alternatively, applications can also be sent to the following address: TU Dresden, Boysen-TU Dresden-Graduiertenkolleg, Frau Dr. Anna Martius, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden, Germany. Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Costs incurred to attend interviews cannot be reimbursed.

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