Research Associate (f/m/d) in the team of the Coastal and Flood Research Group

RWTH Aachen University

Aachen, Germany 🇩🇪


Lehrstuhl und Institut für Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft

Our Profile

RWTH Aachen University is one of the most renowned technical universities in Europe with approx. 42,000 students and approx. 10,000 employees. As part of the RWTH, we currently employ 22 scientific staff and 13 technical and administrative staff at the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management. In addition to our offices, we also have our own laboratory hall with over 2,000 square metres of test space.

Why should you consider us as an employer? We are involved in many national and international research projects, often with partners from other disciplines, and are also involved in the promotion of excellence at RWTH Aachen University. In general, we work in the main research areas of groundwater, floods, constructive and near-natural hydraulic engineering, coastal and estuarine research, sediment transport, water morphology and hydropower. In addition to our classic research foci, we also always have exciting new topics that arise from current issues.

We are looking for a staff member to work on a research project in the field of adaptation possibilities of the rail transport infrastructure with regard to heavy rain events as soon as possible. The project will be worked on together with partners from the field of rail infrastructure and, in addition to looking at past heavy rainfall events, will also include future requirements, for example with regard to climate change and its consequences. 

Your Profile

Your profile for a successful entry into our team should include an above-average university degree (Master or equivalent) in civil engineering, industrial engineering or environmental engineering with a specialisation in hydraulic engineering or environment. In addition, you should have enthusiasm and in-depth (study) knowledge in the field of hydraulic engineering/water management or other water-related topics. If, in addition to these professional requirements, you also have the following qualities, you are very welcome to apply for the position of research assistant:

  • Willingness to work in a team and to take on responsibility
  • Very good communication skills and a wealth of ideas
  • Structured way of working and an eye for the essentials
  • Willingness to travel abroad (sometimes outside Europe)
  • Interest in the education of students
  • Aspiration to do a doctorate as preparation for the next step in your career
  • Confident command of the German (minimum B2 level) and English languages

Applicants who have already completed their doctorate are not addressed.

Your Duties and Responsibilities

As a research assistant, you will be qualified both professionally and personally. In the course of time, you will work on tasks in the following areas of activity:

Research – In the area of research, you will work on a research project to develop a roadmap to increase the resilience of rail infrastructure to heavy rainfall. The project will be carried out in close cooperation with partners from the transport sector as well as experienced colleagues from our institute on the topic of heavy rainfall and flooding. As part of our Coastal and Flood Research Group, you will be integrated into a team of several colleagues and will be able to conduct your own research within this professional and supportive framework. 

Dissemination – Through workshops lasting one or more days, congress participation as well as presentations and publications, you will transfer our research results and findings into practice and into the scientific context. At national and international events, you will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts and managers, develop new ideas and make contacts.

Teaching – For students at RWTH Aachen University, we offer lectures, practice sessions, excursions and student theses. Every member of staff assists in the various areas of teaching and thus gets to know the core competencies of teaching. 

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 offered for a fixed term of 1 year.
An extension for at least 2 years is planned. The option to extend the contract for 3 further years is available.
The fixed-term employment is possible as it constitutes one of the fixed-term options of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (German Act on Fixed-term Scientific Contracts).
This is a full-time position.
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position.
The salary is based on the German public service salary scale (TV-L).
The position corresponds to a pay grade of EG 13 TV-L.

About us

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. Employees who are covered by collective bargaining agreements and civil servants have access to an extensive range of further training courses and the opportunity to purchase a job ticket.
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.
As RWTH is committed to equality of opportunity, we ask you not to include a photo in your application.
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Application deadline:15/03/2023
Mailing Address:RWTH Aachen University
Lehrstuhl und Institut für Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft
Dr. Elena-Maria Klopries
Mies-van-der-Rohe-Straße 17
52074 Aachen
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Applicants are invited to submit their applications via email. For data protection reasons, however, we recommend sending applications via mail.






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