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The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig and the German Aerospace Center e.V. (DLR) are looking in a joint appointment procedure (Jülich model) for a

PROFESSORSHIP (W3) for „Aerodynamics“

who is to be appointed to the Technical University of Braunschweig and, at the same time, released to work at DLR (with reduced teaching duties of two semester hours per week) in the function of the

Director at the DLR Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology

to take over the management of the DLR Institute. The DLR Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology is based at two locations - Braunschweig and Göttingen - and has a department in Cologne. The institute is headed by two directors located at each site. In the field of aircraft aerodynamics, the Technical University and the DLR Institute want to further intensify the cooperation in research and teaching that has been established for many years and strengthen the joint use of resources.

The appointment is planned for the next possible date.

Your responsibilities

Current main research topics at the DLR Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology at the Braunschweig site are:

  • Numerical methods and software solutions for applications in flight physics, especially in aerodynamics/fluid mechanics/aeroacoustics of aircraft, from flight physics preliminary design to virtual certification,
  • Aerodynamics of transport aircraft,
  • Aeroacoustics of aircraft,
  • Flight physics design of transport and combat aircraft,
  • Aerothermodynamic design of spacecraft.

Teaching includes lectures and exercises of two semester hours per week on numerical methods in flight physics.

Our expectations

The willingness is expected to lead the overall institute collegially with the director at the Göttingen site and to take over the executive management in rotation with him. In cooperation with 55 DLR institutes from the research fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transportation and the cross-sectional areas of security and digitalization, the existing cooperations with industry as well as national and international universities and research institutions are to be continued and further expanded as required. For this position, we expect:

  • An internationally scientifically recognized leader with profound background knowledge in flight physics and excellent expertise in the research topics of aerodynamic/aeroacoustic and aerothermodynamic design of aircraft and spacecraft as well as the associated theoretical and experimental methods and tools
  • Relevant research activity, preferably in industry, with outstanding scientific achievements
  • Participation in regional, national and international interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Collaboration with industry, successful acquisition of third-party funding projects and technology transfer
  • Participation in the relevant research centres and joint collaborative projects of the TU Braunschweig, including the Aeronautics Research Centre Niedersachsen (NFL) and the Cluster of Excellence "Sustainable Energy Efficient Aviation (SE2A)"
  • An active participation in the Core Research Area "Mobility" of the TU Braunschweig
  • Several years of experience in managing larger units
  • Management experience in guiding and motivating about 160 employees, including about 130 scientists
  • Very good didactic skills
  • Very good knowledge of the English language and willingness to hold lectures in English

Requirements, § 25 NHG

  • Completed university studies
  • Pedagogical suitability proven by results of course evaluation
  • Special qualification for deepened independent scientific work, which is usually demonstrated by an above-average doctorate and
  • Habilitation or habilitation-adequate qualifications


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

The Technical University of Braunschweig and DLR make personnel decisions based on suitability, qualification and professional performance. We strive to increase the proportion of women and therefore strongly encourage women to apply. Women with the same qualifications will be given preferential consideration. Severely handicapped persons or persons with equal status have priority over applicants with equal qualifications, aptitude and professional performance who do not have preferential treatment under the law.

Applications from international scientists are welcome.

It is a permanent full-time position. A part-time appointment may be possible on request.

Applicants who are 50 years or older at the time the appointment commences and who have not acquired permanent civil servant status (Beamtenverhältnis auf Lebenszeit) will be employed with employee status (Angestelltenverhältnis).

We are looking forward to your application!

Applicants (m/f/d) should enclose the usual documents with their cover letter addressed to the Chairwoman of the DLR Executive Board, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, as well as to the Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the TU Braunschweig, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Dröder:

  • Academic background (curriculum vitae)
  • Academic certificates and diplomas (degrees)
  • List of publications incl. copies of three selected publications
  • List of third-party funding, incl. project number and personal project function
  • List of courses, including results of course evaluation
  • Research and teaching concept
  • If applicable, add proof of nursing and parental leave.
  • If applicable, add proof of a recognized severe disability.

Please submit the application including all documents only digitally via the online portal (button underneath) of the TU Braunschweig.

The processing of your personal data by DLR is on the basis on a contract between TUBS and DLR according to Article 26 or 28 DSGVO.

Deadline for application

The application deadline is 2022-12-18


Questions about the professorship will be answered by

Prof. Dr. -Ing. Sabine Langer,
T + 49 531 391 8770

Questions about DLR or the DLR Institut of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology will be answered by

Dr. -Ing. Markus Fischer,
T + 49 2203 601 3698

If you have any questions regarding personnel law matters, please contact

Anne Fritz/Nicole Brückner,
T + 49 531 391 4350

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