Graz University of Technology

University Professor for Sustainable Propulsion Systems and Applied Thermodynamics (m/f/x)

2024-04-20 (Europe/Vienna)
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Publication Date 20.12.2023

Job Category Professorship

Employment Start March 2025

Degree of Employment full-time

Application deadline 20.04.2024

Job Profile § 98 UG

Employment Type Permanent

Applications are invited for the position of a University Professor for Sustainable Propulsion Systems  and Applied Thermodynamics (successor to Prof. Dr. H. Eichlseder) at the Institute of Thermodynamics and Sustainable Propulsion Systems of Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Economic Sciences. This position (m/f/d) will be filled pursuant to Sec. 98 of the Austrian University Act 2002, as from March 1, 2025. The position will be based on a permanent employment contract, as defined under the terms of Austrian civil law, with Graz University of Technology.

Applicants should be excellently proven in the fields of sustainable propulsion systems and applied thermodynamics through professional practice and scientific activity, and represent the subject internationally in research and teaching.

The focus of this professorship is on research and development in new propulsion systems (based on renewably produced chemical energy, in particular e-fuels and hydrogen in internal combustion engines and fuel cells), their design, simulation and experimental investigation. Influences on the environment (emissions and air quality) are particularly important. 

Research and development at the institute presently covers applied thermodynamics, such as internal combustion engines, fuel cells, thermal management of mobile systems and hydrogen-based energy systems. Thermal and aerodynamic problems in tunnel systems and refrigerant compressor technology are special fields adding to this portfolio.

This professorship will be established as a key-position for research and development in renewable energies for mobility. Together with other involved institutes of TU Graz, the professorship will provide scientific support for the European vehicle industries and their suppliers. An important role relates to the cooperation with the research centres LEC and HyCentA.

For teaching, the applicant is expected to have a strong command in thermodynamics and propulsion systems on the bachelor´s, master´s and doctoral levels. 

We expect the willingness to close cooperation of institutes and faculties across borders and internationally. Active cooperation in the academic self-administration and a strong commitment for the development of interdisciplinary fields of research of TU Graz, called Fields of Expertise, are just as much expected as coordination and development of the scientific groups successfully established at the institute.

Employment Requirements

  • PhD-level university education in a discipline relevant for the position,
  • excellent scientific qualification in research and teaching for sustainable propulsion systems and applied thermodynamics, if possible proven by
    • a habilitation or an
    • equivalent scientific record (in industrial research),
  • at least 8 years of practise in the field after doctoral graduation,
  • international basic or applied research network,
  • leadership, with the qualification to guide and develop a University institute.

Selection Criteria

  • Excellent experience in research and development from industries or
  • excellent experience from a research institution with large research groups as well as experience in the acquisition of third-party funding and the application for and coordination of funded research projects,
  • several years of leadership experience,
  • excellent network,
  • excellent didactic skills,
  • Ability to work in a team and willingness to cooperate with subject-related TU Graz institutes, other research institutions and industries
  • Competence in leadership, gender and diversity

We Offer

  • University sports program and workplace health promotion
  • TU Graz Welcome Service with advice for relocation, child care, schools, ...
  • Interesting area of responsibility
  • Safe and stable working environment
  • Company pension funds
  • Collegial and friendly working atmosphere
  • International teaching opportunities and training
  • Seal of quality for in-house advancement of women

Application Documents

  • A CV describing the past research and teaching activities as well as the leadership and management experiences (including copies of diplomas and relevant certificates)
  • A list of publications highlighting the 5 most important publications and attaching (linking to)  the 5 most important publications in full-text
  • Your research concept (5 pages max.) for future activities in Graz and available teaching certificates
  • Your teaching statement (5 pages max.) and students feedback of past course evaluations or teaching certificates (if available)
  • Names and contact information of two people for references

Relocation to the greater Graz area (main residence) is required.

A good command of English is required for an excellent representation of the field on an international level. Teaching in English and German is required, since the language on the Bachelor’s level is German. For teaching and assisting the Management of the institute, the faculty and commissions of the University, a command of German on the C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is required, which must be proven upon application.

Graz University of Technology aims to increase the proportion of women, in particular in management and academic staff, and therefore qualified female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. In case of under-representation, preference will be given to women if applicants are equally qualified.

Graz University of Technology actively promotes diversity and equal opportunities. Applicants are not to be discriminated in personnel selection procedures on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, religion and ideology, age, sexual orientation (anti-discrimination).

People with disabilities, and who have the relevant qualification, are expressly invited to apply.


Hearings are planned for week 37 in 2024. Candidates will be invited in due course after review of the applications and should be available for interviews in this period.


Questions should be directed to the Dean of the faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Economic Sciences. 

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Franz Haas
Inffeldgasse 23/I
8010 Graz

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University Professor for Sustainable Propulsion Systems and Applied Thermodynamics (m/f/x)
Rechbauerstraße 12 Graz, Austria
Application deadline
2024-04-20 23:59 (Europe/Vienna)
2024-04-20 23:59 (CET)
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