Research assistant (m/f/d) in the field of Automotive Software Systems DevelopmentFull PhD

  • German, English

    Working Language

  • Clausthal-Zellerfeld


  • 30 Jun 2024

    Application Deadline

  • as soon as possible

    Starting Date


Open Positions


Time Span

as soon as possible for 3 years

Application Deadline

30 Jun 2024



Type of Position

Full PhD

Working Language
  • German
  • English
Required Degree
  • Diplom
  • Master
Areas of study

Mechatronics, Vehicle Engineering, Computer Science



In the research group "Data-based Software Engineering Methods and Tools" (ENG) at the Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (ISSE) at Technische Universität Clausthal, we offer a position as

Research Associate / PhD student in the field of Automotive Software Systems Development

(in case of fulfilment of the personal requirements: E 13 TV-L)

This position is a full-time position for an initial period of up to 3 years. The position is basically suitable for part-time work.

Are you looking for an environment in which you can work on exciting research topics in software engineering and actively shape the future? Then you've come to the right place at ISSE in the ENG research group!

Modern software systems are highly complex and have a long life span. Enormous amounts of data are generated over time during the engineering of such systems. In our ENG research group, we develop AI-based methods and tools based on this data, e.g., to make development decisions partially to completely automatically. Further research areas of our group are the abstraction of software systems, software architectures, as well as software development for embedded systems in the automotive sector.

What awaits you with us:

Hardware-in-the-loop simulation has been recommended by ISO 26262 as a safe, reliable and realistic test method for automotive software system development. However, despite its superiority compared to real test drives and non-real-time simulation methods, conducting test activities is dependent on expert knowledge, which has significant drawbacks in terms of cost, effort and time. Therefore, innovative approaches are required to overcome the challenges through the adoption of advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence.

Your tasks:

  • Work on an interdisciplinary research project on automotive software engineering with a focus on methods, processes and tools of safety and reliability evaluation.
  • Support real development projects in the automotive industry as a case study from a safety and reliability perspective.
  • Design and implement prototypes for these approaches.
  • Publish the results at national and international conferences.
  • Support us in lectures and supervise students in their projects and theses.

Your profile:

  • Master's degree in computer science, mechatronics, automotive engineering or a related field of study.
  • Interest in automotive software engineering and embedded systems.
  • Interest in scientific work within the framework of a doctorate.
  • In-depth programming knowledge in e.g. C++, Python, MATLAB/Simulink.
  • Have an above-average degree of initiative as well as a responsible, structured way of working and a quick grasp of things.
  • Proficient in German and English, in spoken and written form.

Knowledge in the following areas is desirable:

  • Experience and/or previous knowledge in the areas of software testing and model-based development.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding and testing safety-relevant systems
  • Data enthusiast with background in data science and machine learning techniques
  • Knowledge in the field of virtual development and simulation-based testing.

We offer:

  • A well-equipped Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Lab incl. real-time simulator (dSPACE SCALEXIO).
  • A family-friendly and collegial working environment in committed teams as well as interdisciplinary and varied areas of responsibility.
  • The opportunity to develop innovative approaches and solutions independently.
  • The opportunity to evaluate your results directly in industrial projects.
  • The opportunity to do a PhD in cooperation with other research partners and companies in Germany and internationally.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility to work from home.
  • Lounge lab, table football and social events.
  • Regular training and further education.

Remuneration is based on the collective agreement for the public service of the Länder (TV-L). At the end of the year, the TV-L provides for a special annual payment. In addition, we offer a separate supplementary pension as a company pension (VBL).

TU Clausthal supports the compatibility of career and family through flexible working time models within the framework of the possibilities offered by the service and is a member of the university association "Family in Higher Education".

Equality with its facets of equal opportunities, diversity and family friendliness is an important concern at Clausthal University of Technology. People with disabilities are given priority if they are suitable. Applications from people of all nationalities are welcome.

Please send your application by e-mail together with the usual documents (in a single PDF file) until 30.06.2024 to:

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We look forward to meeting you!

Required Documents

Required Documents
  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Certificates
  • Transcripts
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