The Automotive Powertrain Technologies Laboratory develops innovative and inventive solutions for future mobility, and offers a
You will develop and maintain dedicated spectroscopic systems for the investigation of the ignition process for spark ignited combustion engines, especially gas-fueled engines. Besides of classical inductive ignition systems, the focus will also be on advanced approaches. You will carry out research and development investigations, teaming with PhD students. A major milestone is to deliver methods to detect the composition of inflammable gas mixtures at the moment of ignition by detailed spectral analysis of the light emission during the ignition event.This applied research is in close collaboration with another Empa Division where fundamental spectroscopic knowledge exists.
You are a self-motivated experimentalist with a recently awarded PhD in chemistry, physics, materials science or engineering, with detailed hands-on experience in spectroscopy and publications in this field. You have practical skills, ideally with self-developed scientific instrumentation. You are interested to supervise PhD students and take responsibility for organizing and initiating projects, whose findings you will present in meetings, at scientific conferences, and in scientific publications. You are willing to closely cooperate in a multi-disciplinary international team. You have finished your PhD within the last 5 years.
Demonstrated skills with data processing, programming, and instrumentation design are particularly appreciated. You are fluent in oral and written English, and knowledge of German is highly appreciated. You are creative and able to design experimental setups to investigate a challenging process.
Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The tentative start date is 1st October 2017 or upon mutual agreement.