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W3 Professorship for the Simulation of Reactive Thermo-Fluid Systems

Organizational unit

Engler-Bunte-Institute (EBI)

Job description

The position holder shall represent the field of numerical simulation of reactive thermo-fluid systems in research and teaching. This realigned professorship is located in the Division for Combustion Technology of the Engler-Bunte-Institut (EBI), Division I Biology, Chemistry and Process Engineering and is associated with the KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. In addition, a connection to the Institute for Technical Chemistry (ITC) in the "Gasification Technology" section is envisaged. The professorship has an integrating cross-sectional function in process and energy engineering.

Work will focus on close-to-reality simulation of turbulent reactive multi-phase fluid systems. Methodologically, well-founded competences in multi-scale approaches are expected, for example for the consistent description from the molecular scale to the averaged analysis on the system scale. The ability to implement numerical methods in high-performance computing infrastructures will be indispensable for further transfer to larger scales (LES, URANS, volume averaging approaches for processes in porous media) by e.g. direct numerical simulation (DNS). Possible main areas are thermochemical conversion processes of CO2-neutral chemical energy carriers (hydrogen, ammonia, metals, synthetic hydrocarbons). The methodological competence represented by the position holder should be extendable to other areas of process and energy engineering, for example to particle synthesis or electrochemical reactions.

The professor will be obliged to teach German and English courses for the bachelor’s and master’s programs of “Chemieingenieurwesen und Verfahrenstechnik” and “Bioingenieurwesen”.Taking over responsibility for the practical course “Numerik im Ingenieurwesen” and co-organization of specialization courses for bachelor’s programs will be required. For master’s programs, a compulsory elective course on “Numerische Simulation von reaktiven Mehrphasenströmungen für Ingenieure” and a specialization course will have to be established. Participation in English courses on fluid mechanics and/or mass and heat transfer is expected.

The professorship will be associated with membership in the Collegial Management Board of KIT’s Engler-Bunte-Institut (EBI).

Starting date

zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt / as soon as possible

Personal qualification

Applicants are expected to have comprehensive experience and to have made scientific achievements of high international visibility in the areas mentioned. Moreover, applicants should have leadership experience, be able to work in a team, and have the qualification to carry out the teaching activities mentioned above. Applicants are expected to cooperate across disciplines and to actively acquire public and private third-party funding.

Employment conditions as outlined in Article 47, “Landeshochschulgesetz” (Act of Baden-Württemberg on Universities and Colleges) in conjunction with Article 20 of the KIT Act in the version applicable until the legal validity of the 2. KIT-Weiterentwicklungsgesetz (2nd KIT Further Development Act) shall apply.

Contract duration


Application up to

August 30, 2021


Applications, including CV, research and teaching concept, as well as other relevant documents (list of publications, acquired projects funded by third parties etc.), must be sent in electronic form to Professor Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kind, Chairman of the Appointment Committee “W3 Professorship for Simulation of Reactive Thermo-Fluid Systems” of Division I – Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), c/o Dean’s Office of the KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Kaiserstr. 12, D-76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, e-mail: If you have scientific questions, please contact Professor Dr.-Ing. Dimosthenis Trimis, phone: +49 721 608-42570, e-mail:

As KIT wishes to increase the number of female professors, applications from qualified women are particularly encouraged.

Handicapped applicants having the same qualification will be preferred.

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