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Helm­holtz-Zen­trum Dres­den-Ros­sen­dorf e.V.

With cutting-edge research in the fields of ENERGY, HEALTH and MATTER, around 1,500 employees from more than 70 nations at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) are committed to mastering the great challenges facing society today.

The Institute of Fluid Dynamics is conducting basic and applied research in the fields of thermo-fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics in order to improve the sustainability, the energy efficiency and the safety of industrial processes.

The Group Thermal energy technology is looking for a PhD Student (f/m/d) Modelling and experimental validation of the operating behaviour of sCO2 power processes in thermal energy storage systems.

PhD Student (f/m/d) Modelling and experimental validation of the operating behaviour of sCO2 power processes in thermal energy storage systems

Working field:

  • Analysing and evaluating different control strategies
  • Modelling of different sCO2 power cycles for the reconversion of energy from a thermal energy storage
  • Testing of defined operating procedures and validation of the models at the sCO2 test plant CARBOSOLA
  • Identification of optimal control strategies with regard to plant operation, plant dynamics and costs as well as derivation of numerical or empirical descriptions


  • Completed university studies (Master/Diploma) in the field of process engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering or comparable fields
  • Knowledge in thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer phenomena
  • Willingness to work on numerical and experimental problems
  • Very good team work and communication skills
  • Very good English language skills (written and spoken)

What we offer:

  • A vibrant research community in an open, diverse and international work environment
  • Scientific excellence and extensive professional networking opportunities
  • A structured PhD program with a comprehensive range of continuing education and networking opportunities - more information about the PhD program at the HZDR can be found here
  • Salary and social benefits in accordance with the collective agreement for the public sector (TVöD-Bund) including 30 days of paid holiday leave, company pension scheme (VBL)
  • We support a good work-life balance with the possibility of part-time employment, mobile working and flexible working hours
  • Numerous company health management offerings
  • Employee discounts with well-known providers via the platform Corporate Benefits
  • An employer subsidy for the "Deutschland-Ticket Jobticket"

How to apply:

We look forward to receiving your application documents (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.), which you can submit via our online-application-system: