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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty III - Insti­tute for Energy Tech­no­logy / Energy Pro­cess Engin­eer­ing and Con­ver­sion Tech­no­lo­gies for Renew­able Ener­gies

Rese­arch Assist­ant (Post­Doc) - salary grade E13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len

part-time employ­ment may be pos­sible

Our back­ground:
In 2010, the Indian Insti­tute of Tech­no­logy Madras (IITM) and sev­eral Ger­man uni­versit­ies jointly estab­lished the Indo-Ger­man Centre for Sus­tain­ab­il­ity (IGCS), loc­ated on the IITM cam­pus in Chen­nai (India), as a plat­form for inter­na­tional aca­demic exchange and inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research col­lab­or­a­tion on major sus­tain­able devel­op­ment issues. In Ger­many, the IGCS activ­it­ies are sup­por­ted by the ‘TU9’ group of Tech­nical Uni­versit­ies (led by RWTH Aachen Uni­versity) and Chris­tian-Albrechts-Uni­versität Kiel. Focus areas of sus­tain­ab­il­ity edu­ca­tion and research relate to water (Kiel Uni­versity), waste (TU Stut­tgart), land use and rural/urban devel­op­ment (RWTH Aachen), as well as energy (TU Ber­lin).
The IGCS is part of the ini­ti­at­ive “A New Pas­sage to India” by the Ger­man Aca­demic Exchange Ser­vice (DAAD) and receives fund­ing from the Ger­man Fed­eral Min­istry for Edu­ca­tion and Research (BMBF) via DAAD and from the Dept. of Sci­ence and Tech­no­logy, Gov­ern­ment of India. Since its incep­tion, the IGCS offers short-term Winter/Sum­mer Schools on vari­ous sus­tain­ab­il­ity top­ics, work­shop par­ti­cip­a­tions, as well as short- and long-term research stays to stu­dents and research­ers both from India and Ger­many at IGCS Chen­nai or the Ger­man part­ner uni­versit­ies. Ger­man and IITM aca­demic staff closely col­lab­or­ate both in teach­ing and research.

At the Chair of Energy Pro­cess Engin­eer­ing and Con­ver­sion Tech­no­lo­gies for Renew­able Ener­gies research and net­work­ing activ­it­ies between India and Ger­many con­cern­ing the topic of energy should be developed (fur­ther). This also includes spend­ing sev­eral months a year at IIT Madras. Thereby, under con­sid­er­a­tion of already exist­ing research fields at the depart­ment, the fol­low­ing pri­or­it­ies should be set:
  • Resi­li­ence of power grids
  • Bio­mass and organic waste for the energy sec­tor
  • Desal­in­a­tion of sea­wa­ter
Fur­ther­more, a key task is net­work­ing with part­ner insti­tu­tions, which includes state agen­cies in India and Ger­many as well as the con­sol­id­a­tion of exist­ing net­works within the IGCS, and the pro­mo­tion of research and teach­ing cooper­a­tion. This includes own teach­ing activ­it­ies at the IIT Madras. Addi­tion­ally, the object­ive is to form a close inter­ac­tion with the other IGCS core areas.

Work­ing field:

You should con­duct research pro­jects and teach­ing together with IGCS col­leagues in dif­fer­ent formats (e.g. lec­tures at IITM and your home uni­versity in Ger­many, cre­ate con­tent for work­shops, teach and super­vise Sum­mer and Winter School stu­dents). With the sup­port of the Indian and Ger­man pro­ject coordin­at­ors, you will act­ively con­trib­ute to organ­iz­ing events. Fur­ther­more, you will be a point of con­tact for exchange stu­dents and sci­ent­ists who are plan­ning their stay in Chen­nai. The major­ity of your work time you are required to spend at the IGCS office at IITM in Chen­nai, at least six of twelve months and prefer­ably all year. You will be able to soli­cit research grants in Ger­many (e.g. DFG, industry) and col­lab­or­ate with IGCS’ area coordin­at­ors in Indian research pro­jects, engage in IGCS activ­it­ies and sup­port in teach­ing.


  • Suc­cess­fully com­pleted uni­versity degree (Mas­ter, Dip­lom or equi­val­ent) and PhD degree and offer a strong research track record in any of the above-men­tioned field of sus­tain­able research (Resi­li­ence of power grids, Bio­mass and organic waste for the energy sec­tor, Desal­in­a­tion of sea­wa­ter)
  • Exper­i­ence in teach­ing her/his sub­ject
  • Flu­ent in Eng­lish and Ger­man
  • Abil­ity and will­ing­ness to travel to India for sev­eral months
  • Work-abroad exper­i­ence and know­ledge of the region
You are expec­ted to engage in inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research and to design your own pro­ject ideas and focus areas in India.

How to ap­ply:

Please send your app­lic­a­tion with the ref­er­ence num­ber and the usual doc­u­ments (com­bined in a sin­gle pdf file, max. 5 MB) by email to Prof. Dr. Frank Behrendt (

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To ensure equal oppor­tun­it­ies bet­ween women and men, app­lic­a­tions by women with the requi­red qual­i­fic­a­tions are expli­citly desi­red. Qual­i­fied indi­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies will be favo­red. The TU Ber­lin val­ues the diver­sity of its mem­bers and is com­mit­ted to the goals of equal oppor­tun­it­ies.

Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent - Fak­ultät III, Insti­tut für Ener­gi­e­tech­nik, FG Ener­giev­er­fahren­s­tech­nik und Umwand­lung­s­tech­niken regen­er­at­iver Ener­gien, Prof. Dr. Frank Behrendt, Sekr. GG 1, Seestr. 13, 13353 Ber­lin