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Doctoral Researcher

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Halle (Saale)


Doctoral Researcher

The project is fully funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action within the ERA-NET GEOTHERMICA framework. It will be realized in close collaboration with international partners from Sweden, Switzerland and Germany. Our overarching goal is automatization of shallow geothermal systems, ena-bling more cost- and eco-efficient use and storage of heat in the ground. The work by the PhD candidate is dedi-cated to simulation, optimization and in particular real-time mathematical control of geothermal sys-tems. This will be addressed by using digital twin representations as well as novel data from high-resolution field experiments with borehole heat exchangers, thermal storage devices and ground-source heat pump systems. The key task is to elaborate a practical and efficient solution to be implemented in model-predictive control units in the field.

Starting date: earliest possible, limited to 3 years, 75 percent of a full-time employment, salary will be up to E 13 TV-L if the personal requirements and tasks are fulfilled. The work place will be located in the city of Halle, Germany.

Aufgaben und Einsatzfelder

  • Development of computer-based methods for optimization, regulation and control of shallow geothermal systems
  • Simulation and mathematical description of subsurface heat transport
  • Cooperation with international partners for joint implementation and practical application
  • Co-supervision of students
  • Publication of high-quality scientific results

Kenntnisse und Fähigkeiten

  • Master or equivalent degree in a project-related field (e.g. environmental engineering, mechanical engi-neering, energy engineering, control theory, applied mathematics, physics)
  • Excellent knowledge in control theory and application
  • Very good skills in quantitative and computer-based simulation
  • Knowledge and interest in theoretical aspects of flow and heat transport processes
  • Fluent in English communication in writing and speaking. Knowledge of German is an advantage
  • A clear drive to do interdisciplinary theoretical and applied science


The Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg gives priority to applications from severely disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications.

Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

The hosting research team offers excellent conditions for carrying out computational work and modelling within a strong international network of partners from industry and academia.

Candidates can expect an interdisciplinary, collegial and open-minded working atmosphere.

Queries concerning the application process and project-related questions should be directed to the head of the research unit, Prof. Peter Bayer -


All applications should include:

  • Cover letter in English (or German) describing shortly motivation for the project, research interests and relevant experience
  • Complete curriculum vitae including contact details of at least two scientific references
  • Digital copy of MA/BA/Diploma certificates
  • All documents should be submitted as one single pdf file.

Applicants with a degree that was not obtained at a German university must submit a certificate assessment for foreign university qualifications (Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications) from the Central Office for Foreign Education (https: // This can be submitted later when invited for the interview.

Kindly send your application, quoting the reference number 5-7605/22-D to

Prof. Peter Bayer (

Submission deadline is 30 September 2022. Selected candidates may be invit-ed to an interview already before this deadline. The position is offered with reservation of possible budgetary restrictions. Application portfolios will not be returned, application costs will not be reimbursed.

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