Research Associate (f/m/d) in hydraulic engineering/water management 

Aachen University

Aachen, Germany 🇩🇪

Research Associate (f/m/d) in the team of the Energy and Environment Research Group


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 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 selected research projects in the field of flood and low water risk management. The focus of the research project is on numerical modeling and the development of hydraulic models.

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 take on responsibility
  • Very good communication skills and a creative mind
  • Structured way of working and an eye for the essentials 
  • Knowledge of the programming languages C++ and Python desired or affinity and willingness to learn these and other programming languages
  • Experience in the creation of hydraulic models (flood/low water modeling) 
  • First experience in using the geoinformation system QGIS 
  • Willingness to travel abroad (sometimes outside Europe)
  • Interest in the education of students
  • Aspiration to a doctorate as preparation for the next career step
  • Confident command of the German and English language

Applicants who have already completed a 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 fields of activity:

Research – You will be involved in two current research projects of the institute; the focus of your work will be on numerical modeling of high and low water scenarios, respectively: In the DryRivers project you will work on developing strategies and tools for a sustainable low water risk management. The ISRV project aims at enhancing precipitation forecasts by localized flood warnings and transferring derived warnings to navigation devices.

As part of our Energy and Environment Research Group, you will be part of a team of several colleagues and will be able to conduct your own research within this professional and supportive framework.

Research presentation – 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 establish 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.
You can find information on the personal data we collect from applicants in accordance with Articles 13 and 14 of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at

Application deadline:13/04/2023
Mailing Address:RWTH Aachen University
Lehrstuhl und Institut für Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft
Dr. Elisa Classen
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.


NAME: Elisa Classen

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