Research Assistant / Associate (f/m/d)

Technical design and system integration of a multimedia comfort laboratory



Marc Syndicus


work Phone
+49 241/80-25033



Institute of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building E3D

Our Profile

We are looking for a research assistant who plans and manages the construction of a multimedia laboratory which is funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation). The laboratory is supposed to allow user studies in a thermally- and ventilation-controlled environment, and will be the size of a two-person office. Moreover, the lab is intended to feature video projection on its thermally activated interior walls, as well as acoustic equipment for soundscape simulation. Simultaneous manipulation and investigation of thermal, visual, and acoustical environmental influences and their effect on humans is a characteristic feature of the laboratory. From the beginning, you will be involved in current projects that investigate how healthy and comfortable indoor environments can be achieved in an energy efficient way.

The research priorities of the Institute of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building E3D are related to building performance simulation and district energy performance simulation, the development of numerical models, Building Information Modeling (BIM), modeling and simulation of building physics processes, energy monitoring as well as research in the field of occupant behavior and thermal ergonomics including physiology and sensor development. The institute consists of an interdisciplinary research team and offers fundamental and industry-oriented research, international contacts and a modern working environment with unique research and testing facilities.

Your Profile

- Required qualifications:
a) University degree (Master or equivalent) in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), preferably Computer Science, Mechatronics, or Automation
b) Programming proficiency in a common language (Java, Python, C++)
- Experience in the following domains are helpful
a) Control engineering, cybernetics
b) Building automation; lighting, sound, and video (event industry)
c) Measument and data analysis
d) Enscape, Unity, Unreal Engine
- You are interested in researching topics related to acoustic, visual, and thermal comfort in buildings as wells as the effects on humans
- Very good German and English skills (both languages required)
- Conscientious work style, persistence, communicative appearance
- Interest in further scientific qualification (Ph.D.)

Your Duties and Responsibilities

- Planning and project management of the laboratory design, tendering, and construction
- Research on energy efficient climatization strategies and systems (independent of the lab's degree of completion)
- Publication of scientific results in energy and civil engineering journals and at national and international conferences
- Participation in teaching activities and institute administration

Your application should include a CV, University / High school diploma (.pdf or copy), as well as a brief motivation letter (max. one page) in which you describe why this position attracted you and how it relates to your previous experiences and interests. Please send your application by September 30th.

What We Offer

The successful candidate will be employed under a regular employment contract.
The position is to be filled at the earliest possible date and limited to two years. An extention for 1 year is planned.
This is a full-time position with the possibility of a part-time contract upon request.
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position.
The salary corresponds to pay grade EG 13 TV-L of the German public service salary scale (TV-L).
RWTH is a certified family-friendly University. We support our employees in maintaining a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advising, and prevention services, for example university sports. We also offer a comprehensive continuing education scheme and a public transportation ticket available at a significantly reduced price.
RWTH is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly from groups that are underrepresented at the University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or age. RWTH is strongly committed to encouraging women in their careers. Female applicants are given preference if they are equally suitable, competent, and professionally qualified, unless a fellow candidate is favored for a specific reason.
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Number : 34992
Application deadline : 15.10.2021
Mailing Address : RWTH Aachen University
Dr. phil. Marc Syndicus
Lehrstuhl für Energieeffizientes Bauen E3D
Mathieustraße 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany
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