Research Assistant (Smart Water Networks)

Technische Universität Berlin

Berlin, , DE

Work­ing field:

The research assist­ant will work within the inter­na­tional and inter­dis­cip­lin­ary pro­ject ide3a and in a team of 5 peer research assist­ants called “ide3a ambas­sad­ors” within the topic of “Crit­ical Infra­struc­ture & Digit­al­isa­tion”. ide3a aims to imple­ment the inter-dis­cip­lin­ary topic of “Crit­ical Infra­struc­ture & Digit­al­isa­tion” in tra­di­tional research-based study pro­grams, com­bined with gami­fic­a­tion mech­an­isms and short courses, access­ible inter­na­tion­ally by the ide3a part­ner uni­versit­ies and sup­por­ted by digital edu­ca­tion plat­forms and open know­ledge tools.
The research assist­ant will be loc­ated with the Smart Water Net­works research group ( at TU Ber­lin and, with other ide3a ambas­sad­ors, will have access to com­mon facil­it­ies in the inter­dis­cip­lin­ary work­ing envir­on­ment of the Ein­stein Cen­ter Digital Future. Moreover, most of the research activ­it­ies will be developed as col­lab­or­at­ive efforts with other research groups loc­ated at ide3a part­ner uni­versit­ies in Europe (Nor­we­gian Uni­versity of Sci­ence and Tech­no­logy, Dub­lin City Uni­versity, Cra­cow Uni­versity of Tech­no­logy, Politec­nico di Mil­ano). Short research stays in these uni­versit­ies are highly encour­aged and fin­an­cially sup­por­ted by ide3a.
The can­did­ate will research on devel­op­ing mod­els and tools to sim­u­late urban water net­works as integ­rated com­pon­ents of multi-sec­toral sim­u­la­tion mod­els, which include inter­con­nec­tions with other crit­ical infra­struc­tures (e.g., elec­tric grid, tele­com­mu­nic­a­tion net­works, other urban net­works). The core goal of the ide3a ambas­sador team and ide3a col­lab­or­at­ors will be the devel­op­ment of a multi-layered digital, open source, ser­i­ous game to enable scen­ario ana­lysis, sim­u­la­tion, and optim­iz­a­tion of urban crit­ical infra­struc­ture sys­tems under het­ero­gen­eous social, tech­nical, and cli­mate scen­arios. A pro­fes­sional game developer will sup­port these activ­it­ies.
The tasks for this pos­i­tion include (I) the pub­lic­a­tion of the research out­comes in sci­entific papers and present­a­tion to national and inter­na­tional con­fer­ences, (II) con­tri­bu­tions to the e-learn­ing activ­it­ies and hack­a­thon organ­iz­a­tion within the activ­it­ies of the ide3a pro­ject, and (III) guid­ance to BSc/MSc stu­dents in their thesis pre­par­a­tion. Finally, the pos­i­tion also includes the option to pre­pare a PhD thesis within the scope of ide3a top­ics.


  • suc­cess­fully com­pleted uni­versity degree (Mas­ter, Dip­lom or equi­val­ent) in hydroin­form­at­ics, Water Resources Man­age­ment, com­puter sci­ence or engin­eer­ing dis­cip­lines, includ­ing civil and envir­on­mental engin­eer­ing or a related field
  • good pro­gram­ming skills in at least one pro­gram­ming lan­guage
  • solid back­ground in sys­tem ana­lysis or math­em­at­ical mod­el­ling
  • excel­lent com­mu­nic­a­tion skills, team­work skills, pro­act­ive beha­vior, and com­mit­ment
  • very good writ­ten and oral lan­guage skills in Eng­lish – at least C1 level
  • prefer­able: prior exper­i­ence in water dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem mod­el­ling (e.g., exper­i­ence with EPANET soft­ware), water and/or elec­tri­city sys­tems mod­el­ling, water/energy man­age­ment
  • prefer­able: good writ­ten and oral lan­guage skills in Ger­man
  • prefer­able: prior exper­i­ence in game devel­op­ment and co-teach­ing activ­it­ies

How to ap­ply:

Ihre Bew­er­bung richten Sie bitte in eng­lischer Sprache unter Angabe der Ken­nzif­fer mit den üblichen Unter­la­gen (Motiv­a­tionss­chreiben, Leben­slauf mit Noten, rel­ev­ante Zeugn­isse/Nach­weise) aus­schließ­lich per Email gebündelt in einem PDF-Dok­u­ment an Prof. Dr. Comin­ola ([email protected]).

Please send your app­lic­a­tion in Eng­lish with the *ref­er­ence num­ber and the usual doc­u­ments (cover let­ter, CV with final grades, cer­ti­fic­ate of Mas­ter ́s degree) by email (in a sin­gle pdf file) to rof. Dr. Comin­ola ([email protected]**).

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Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin – Der Präsid­ent – Fak­ultät V, Insti­tut für Strömungs­mech­anik und Tech­nis­che Akustik, FG Smart Water Net­works, Prof. Dr. Comin­ola, Sekr. FSD, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Ber­lin.