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Bran­den­bur­gi­sche Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Cott­bus-Senf­ten­berg - Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter e. V. (DLR) and the Fac­ulty of Mech­an­ical Engin­eer­ing, Elec­trical and Energy Sys­tems of the Branden­burg Uni­versity of Tech­no­logy (BTU) Cottbus - Sen­ften­berg

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Uni­versity Pro­fess­or­ship (W2)
High-Tem­per­at­ure Heat Pumps,
Head of Depart­ment High-Tem­per­at­ure Heat Pumps (female/male/x)

Working field:

DLR is the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Ger­many’s research centre for aero­naut­ics and space and con­ducts research and devel­op­ment activ­it­ies in the fields of aero­naut­ics, space, energy, trans­port, secur­ity and digit­al­iz­a­tion. Cli­mate, mobil­ity and tech­no­logy are chan­ging glob­ally. DLR uses the expert­ise of its 55 research insti­tutes and facil­it­ies to develop solu­tions to these chal­lenges. Our 10,000 employ­ees share a mis­sion – to explore Earth and space and develop tech­no­lo­gies for a sus­tain­able future. With 55 employ­ees at its Cottbus and Zit­tau sites, the DLR Insti­tute of Low-Car­bon Indus­trial Pro­cesses con­ducts research into the decar­bon­iz­a­tion of indus­trial pro­cesses.

The research- in the field of low-car­bon indus­trial heat-sup­ply focuses on:
  • Devel­op­ment and exper­i­mental test­ing of innov­at­ive cycle-pro­cesses for high-per­form­ance heat pumps. The focus is on deliv­ery tem­per­at­ures above 150 °C for pro­cesses with and without phase change of the work­ing medium. Tran­scrit­ical pro­cesses are also con­sidered.
  • Design, con­struc­tion and oper­a­tion of pilot and large-scale plants
  • Test­ing of con­cepts for flex­ib­il­iz­a­tion of heat pump oper­a­tion
  • Integ­ra­tion of heat pumps into indus­trial pro­cesses
  • Altern­at­ive con­cepts for sup­ply­ing indus­trial sites with high-tem­per­at­ure heat.

The pro­fess­or­ship is loc­ated at the BTU Insti­tute of Elec­trical and Thermal Energy Sys­tems, which cov­ers the tech­nical spec­trum from energy dis­tri­bu­tion and high-voltage tech­no­logy, decent­ral­ized energy sys­tems, power elec­tron­ics and propul­sion tech­no­logy, con­trol tech­no­logy and net­work con­trol tech­no­logy, integ­rated energy infra­struc­tures, thermal energy man­age­ment and thermal pro­cess engin­eer­ing to energy eco­nom­ics. Fur­ther­more, inter­dis­cip­lin­ary col­lab­or­a­tion with the other pro­fess­or­ships of the fac­ulty and the uni­versity is aspired.

Fur­ther duties res­ult from the require­ments set by § 42 Branden­bur­gisches Hoch­schul­ge­setz (Higher Edu­ca­tion Act of the State Branden­burg - BbgHG) in con­junc­tion with § 3 BbgHG.


We are look­ing for a per­son­al­ity who is recog­nized in the field of high-tem­per­at­ure heat pumps with sev­eral years of exper­i­ence in lead­ing lar­ger groups. Indus­trial exper­i­ence is desir­able. Pro­found exper­i­ence and excel­lent sci­entific achieve­ments in sev­eral of the above-men­tioned research areas are expec­ted. In addi­tion, exper­i­ence in inter­dis­cip­lin­ary col­lab­or­a­tions and a strong rela­tion to DLR pro­grams are required.

Spe­cial emphasis is put on cooper­a­tion with industry, national and inter­na­tional net­work­ing, suc­cess­ful acquis­i­tion of third-party fund­ing pro­jects and tech­no­logy trans­fer. The abil­ity to teach courses and didactic skills com­plete the require­ments pro­file for research and teach­ing. In teach­ing, par­ti­cip­a­tion in the courses of study in mech­an­ical engin­eer­ing and power engin­eer­ing/elec­trical engin­eer­ing as well as in other engin­eer­ing courses is expec­ted. This includes inter­na­tional study courses, such as power engin­eer­ing.

A pre­requis­ite for employ­ment at DLR is will­ing­ness to undergo a secur­ity check in accord­ance with the national secur­ity check law (Sich­er­heit­süber­prü­fungs­ge­setz §8 ff SÜG).

Please refer to §§ 41 para­graph 1, No. 1-4a and 43 BbgHG for pre­requis­ites and con­di­tions of employ­ment.

What we offer:

For fur­ther inform­a­tion, please con­tact:
Prof. Dr. Uwe Riedel
T +49 (0) 355 355 64501

BTU and the DLR strive for increas­ing the pro­por­tion of women in teach­ing and research and espe­cially encour­age qual­i­fied female sci­ent­ists to apply.

As a fam­ily-ori­ented Uni­versity, BTU offers a Dual Career Ser­vice. Per­sons with a severe dis­ab­il­ity are given pref­er­en­tial con­sid­er­a­tion if they are equally qual­i­fied. Applic­a­tions from sci­ent­ists from abroad are expli­citly wel­come.

How to apply:

Please send your applic­a­tion with proof of qual­i­fic­a­tions, a tab­u­lar present­a­tion of your pro­fes­sional career, a list of pub­lic­a­tions as well as proof of ped­ago­gical aptitude, a list of pro­ject respons­ib­il­it­ies as well as a present­a­tion of the research concept by e-mail in a sum­mar­ized pdf file of max. 7 MB by
24.10.2022 to:

Dean of the Fac­ulty of Mech­an­ical Engin­eer­ing, Elec­trical and Energy Sys­tems
BTU Cottbus – Sen­ften­berg, Post­fach 101344, 03013 Cottbus



Prof. Dr. Uwe Riedel, Dir­ector of the DLR Insti­tute of Low-Car­bon Indus­trial Pro­cesses
Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter, Walther-Pauer-Straße 5, 03046 Cottbus


When send­ing your applic­a­tion by unen­cryp­ted e-mail, please be aware of the risks of con­fid­en­ti­al­ity and integ­rity of your applic­a­tion con­tents. Please also note the data pro­tec­tion inform­a­tion on the BTU and DLR web­sites. Your per­sonal data are pro­cessed on basis of a con­tract between BTU and DLR accord­ing to Art­icle 26 or 28 DSGVO, respect­ively.