Open position in Bergische Universitat Wuppertal (PhD / PostDoc)

Looking for a new team member to work on the NextVIS project.

PhD/Postdoc Modelling Smoke and Visibility in Compartment Fires – Doktorand/Postdoc (m/w/d) Rauch- und Sichtweitenmodellierung bei Raumbränden

The official announcement (german / english) is provided here: Recruitment System BUW. In the following, an unofficial summary of the english version of the Job-ID 21396 is given.

This position is to be filled as soon as possible for 3 years with 75 % (PhD) or 100% (Post Doc) of the tariff working hours (part-time is possible, please state when applying whether you would also be interested in a part-time job).

We are an interdisciplinary and international team and are looking for support for our research work in the field of computer-aided modelling in civil engineering, in particular fire dynamics.

In the event of a fire, smoke is the greatest danger to people. By reducing visibility through soot particles and the toxic effect of individual gas components, smoke plays a central role during the egress. In collaboration with Prof. Węgrzyński (ITB, Warsaw, Poland), the influence of soot particles on visibility is being investigated by means of experimental and numerical research in the DFG project NextVIS. Our focus in this project is the design and development of a simulation model that describes the interaction of light with soot particles. Here, the dynamics of the particle concentration, as well as their optical properties, have to be taken into account. The implementation of the software is carried out as an open-source project and could also be ported to GPUs. Small- and large-scale experiments carried out by our Polish project partner will be used for the validation of the model. The overall goal of the model development is the practical application for determining the visibility of escape route signs during dynamic smoke propagation.

Professional and personal requirements:

  • Completed university studies (Master’s degree or comparable) in engineering or physics, desirably with a finished doctorate
  • Expertise in the conception and implementation of scientific simulation models, experience in the field of optics
  • Experience in programming in Python or C++
  • Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary and international team
  • Strong interest in complex issues and basic research
  • Good social and communication skills
  • Very good knowledge of the English language

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Development and application of computer models in fire dynamics
  • Evaluation of experimental data for model validation
  • Cooperation in national and international collaborations
  • Presentation of results at meetings and conferences
  • Preparation of interim and final reports

Our offer: 

  • Embedding of research activities in an interdisciplinary and international research environment
  • Opportunities for flexible working hours, support with childcare and suitable solutions for your individual life situation
  • Training in the acquisition, processing and management of research projects, integration into personnel management and university teaching

Applications including all relevant credentials (motivation letter, CV, proof of successful graduation, job references) should be addressed to Prof. Dr. Lukas Arnold and solely submitted via the online portal of the University of Wuppertal. Kindly note, that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application deadline: 23.03.2022

2 Senior Researcher positions of the ERA Chair FRISSBE project are now open

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The position offered is for full time employment for the duration of the ERA Chair FRISSBE project (until December 2026) with the intention of offering prolongation in case of mutual agreement. The expected employment date is in January 2022.

Two (2) Senior Researchers will be hired. The best qualified candidates will be selected.

The Senior Researcher will be expected to conduct experimental, theoretical and/or numerical research in any area of fire safety. Particular emphasis will be given to areas that could have a positive impact in the evolution of fire safety engineering for Slovenia. These areas could include, but are not limited, to material flammability, performance of building systems, fire protection systems and the holistic assessment of infrastructure fire safety.
Some relevant areas of research are:

  • numerical methods in fire (multiscale modelling, combustion process modelling, coupled thermal stress analysis),
  • hybrid and advanced experimental methods in fire (numerical/experimental coupling, methods for toxicity and ecotoxicity, façade fire),
  • emissions, toxicity and ecotoxicity in fire (linking bench-top methods to real scale fires, identifying composition of combustion effluents, biomass burning),
  • fire research and structures (timber, geopolymers and composite structural elements in fire, pyrophoric carbonization of structural elements),
  • fire research on materials (biobased composites, advanced thermal insulations, geopolymers).

The new unit will have access to brand new research equipment for fire testing purchased through a combination of EU structural, national and own funds. The new lab will be operational in the first quarter of 2022. This equipment consists of furnaces for testing of fire resistance of various planar and 3D large samples as well as a test rig for façade testing, open calorimeter, room corner test and full range of reaction to fire testing equipment, including equipment for chemical analysis of fire effluents. FRISSBE unit will have access also to other state-of-the art research facilities at ZAG, a list is available here.

The FRISSBE team will have allocated funds for meeting attendance and travelling.

The work place is Logatec, a small town about 35 kilometres southwest of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. ZAG will have two units in Logatec, both placed in the new laboratory and office building.

Faculty Opening in Thermal Engineering at the University of Waterloo

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The Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo, invites applications from exceptional scholars and researchers for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with research interest in Thermal Engineering with an anticipated start date in March 2022. In the case of an exceptional candidate, an appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor will be considered.

The Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering group is an integral part of the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering program, and this creates unique opportunities for multidisciplinary research collaborations. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineeringor an equivalent discipline. Strong communication skills and a desire to teach heat transfer and thermodynamics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels are required. Evidence of potential for developing an active research program with an emphasis on Thermal Engineeringis also required.  Duties will include developing and maintaining an active and internationally recognized research program and the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants whose research activities compliment and strengthen existing strengths within the Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering Group will be considered favorably including energy and alternative energy systems, combustion and propulsion, and fundamental heat transfer studies.

The salary range for this position at the rank of Assistant Professor is $100,000 to $150,000 CAD. Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2021.  The successful applicant is expected to have an engineering license for practice in Canada, or to apply for a Canadian engineering license within the first year of joining the university, and must be registered as a Professional Engineer within 5 years from the start of their appointment.

To apply, individuals are to complete an online application form that includes uploading a single pdf containing: a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, concise 1-page research vision (short term and long term vision) and 1-page teaching vision statements (qualification, methods, and topics), and copies of the 3 publications related to the previously described research. Three letters of reference will be requested for applicants invited for an interview.

The link to apply:

The cover letter to be addressed to:
Dr. Michael Collins, Chair
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
University of Waterloo

Information about the Faculty, Department, and Research Group can be found at the following websites:
Faculty of Engineering University of Waterloo
Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department
Thermal Engineering group page

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at [email protected]  or 519-888-4567, ext. 35935.

If you have any questions regarding this position, the application process, assessment process or eligibility, please email [email protected].

Three reasons to apply: Faculty Association: Why Waterloo.

Assistant/Associate Professor – Civil and Environmental Engineering (Fire Safety) in Carleton University

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Field of Specialization:                Fire Safely Engineering

Academic Unit:                            Civil and Environmental Engineering

Category of Appointment:         Preliminary (Tenure-Track)

Rank/Position Title:                     Assistant or Associate Professor

Start Date:                                    July 1, 2022

Closing Date:                                Complete applications will be accepted until the position is filled

About the Position:

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering invites applications from qualified candidates for a preliminary, tenure track appointment in Fire Safety Engineering at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2022.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking to hire an outstanding faculty member with a strong background in Fire Safety Engineering. The Department is particularly interested to receive applications from candidates with demonstrated research expertise in fire dynamics, fire modelling and physical experiments related to fire behaviour, fire spread, and smoke transport. Expertise in the following fields will be considered as an asset: fire risk analysis, material combustion and flammability, fire spread in the built environment, sustainable/green building fire safety, and resilience assessment of civil infrastructures under the effects of fires.

We encourage applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in Engineering and/or with experience in mentoring students from such groups.

To see the full position posting, please visit

About the Academic Unit:

The Department offers dynamic, innovative, and cross‐disciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, and undergraduate program in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability. The Department has diverse expertise over a wide range of experimental, numerical, and analytical research areas in geotechnical, environmental, fire safety, structural and transportation engineering. Graduate programs are offered through the Ottawa‐Carleton Institutes for Civil Engineering and for Environmental Engineering to provide further strength and opportunities. The Department has a world‐class strong floor facility, a recently established CFI funded multi‐hazard test facility for built infrastructure protection and resilience, and a fire lab with a cone calorimeter, a smoke chamber and a lateral flame spread apparatus. The research enterprise in the department includes a Jarislowsky Chair in Water and Global Health. Further information on the Department is available at


Candidates must have a Ph.D. or be in the final stages of obtaining their Ph.D. in civil engineering or a related engineering discipline. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated record of or commitment to research excellence through high quality publications; have the strong ability to develop an externally funded, high quality research program; be committed to effective and excellence in teaching; and contribute to the academic life of the Department. Synergy to establish collaborative research links with existing members of the Department and across the University is highly desirable.

Membership in a Canadian professional engineering association is required at the time of appointment or within five (5) years of appointment.

Application Instructions:

Application packages comprising i) detailed curriculum vitae, ii) description of research accomplishments and future plans (research statement), iii) teaching dossier (teaching statement), and iv) names of three referees should be sent to the Hiring Committee as a single pdf file emailed to [email protected] Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Please include an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion statement that may identify your strengths and experiences in increasing EDI in your previous institutional environment, in curriculum, in supporting diverse students, and research excellence, in addition to future plans.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. To learn more about our university and the City of Ottawa, please visit

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Furthermore, Carleton understands that career paths vary and interruptions will not prejudice the assessment process.  Launched by our Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities, our EDI Institutional Action ( renews Carleton’s commitment to leadership in the areas of anti-racism and equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.

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Post-Doctoral Fellow at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Post-Doctoral Fellow




Fire Protection Engineering – NFR JM


Worcester Polytechnic Institute – WPI


Applications are being sought for a qualified and motivated postdoctoral fellow to conduct research in several areas of fire science, including but not limited to: wildland fire behavior and impact, battery fires and façade fires. The primary responsibility will be to support existing and upcoming projects. Experience in fire experimentation and diagnostic and/or in fire simulations using either FDS and FireFOAM is required.


Additional responsibilities will include research support on collaborative projects with other institutions, including field experiments, as well as proposal development and grant applications. They may also include lecturing assistance in the areas of thermofluids, fire dynamics, and simulations. The postdoctoral fellow will be required to publish scholarly papers and to take on a mentorship role for undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate should have excellent analytical and problem solving skills and strong written and verbal communication skills. A one-year appointment is anticipated.

Applicants will need to provide a letter of interest, a complete CV, at least two exemplar publications, and at least three academic/research references. Applications and associated information are requested to be submitted by July 15th, 2021 but will be accepted until the position is filled. The target start date of this position is August 15th, 2021.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Mechanical/Fire Protection Engineering or any related field.


Cover Letter; Curriculum Vitae; Research Statement/Philosophy List of References


United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

Opening: Assistant/Associate Professor of FPE Department at University of Maryland


Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) at the University of Maryland ( is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. The FPE Department is a unique academic unit dedicated to the education of fire safety engineers/researchers as well as to the advancement of fire science. The Department offers an exciting and rewarding opportunity in fire protection engineering education and research. Fire safety is an interdisciplinary field that includes the dynamics of fire and smoke (in structures and in the wildland), the design of fire-safe systems (materials, products, processes, buildings, communities, etc), people’s behavior in fire and the design of safe egress solutions, the environmental impact of fire, fire hazard and risk analysis, fire investigation, and the role of regulations and public policy. Fire research includes, but is not limited to, the fundamentals of combustion, material flammability, fire suppression, wildland fires and wildland-urban-interface fires, process safety and explosions, structural resistance to fire, human response and behavior in fire, resilience of buildings and communities, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants should have a doctorate in a relevant discipline. An experience in teaching and a background in fire protection engineering are desirable.


We are looking for a candidate who is excited to lead and work with undergraduate and graduate students. The position requires teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and establishing a successful, externally funded research program. Candidates with computational and/or experimental experience are encouraged to apply.

Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply, and candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with diverse populations through research, teaching and mentoring are encouraged to identify their experience in these areas.

Additional Certifications:

Questions about the position can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Arnaud Trouve (Email: [email protected]). For best consideration, interested applicants should apply by July 15, 2021; review of applications will begin on July 1, 2021 and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Please upload the following documents via the UMD employment website — position number 125438.

1) Cover Letter
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Statement of Research
4) Teaching Interest
5) References-professional (minimum of three)

Additional information on the Department is available at the following website:

The UL FSRI team is seeking a Post Doctoral Researcher – Chemist/Chemical Engineering!


Do you have a PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering? Interested in understanding why materials burn differently? Interested in measuring what is in the water run off from a wildland urban interface fire? Excited about improving fire safety? Do you have a general knowledge of the scientific process, operational and practical experience with Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC), Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), Attenuated Total Reflectance/Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR/IR), Solid-phase microextraction (SPME), benchtop and micro-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)?

If that describes you and you are great at collaboration and project management, this opportunity may be for you!

Working with the UL FSRI research team, the Post Doctoral Researcher will apply chemistry principles to fire and materials research problems with the goal of improving fire safety. This individual will assist in initiating the design, development, execution and implementation of fire safety research projects. The Post Doctoral Researcher will conduct sample preparation and analysis to provide accurate and timely analytical data following established methods, techniques, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and quality control protocols. They will utilize the application of specialized methods, techniques and analyses. The work includes, but is not limited to the collection of samples, preparation of reagents, usage of standard analytical instrumentation and/or glassware, calculation of results, review of work, and entry of data into laboratory information management system (LIMS). The Post Doctoral Researcher will maintain substantial knowledge of state-of-the art principles and theories and contributes to scientific literature and conferences. Uses professional concepts and procedures to solve a wide range of scientific problems.


  • Initiates, plans, designs and executes scientific research, experiments and related activities to ensure timely completion of projects. Evaluates and documents the results in formal reports and in peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Conducts analyses according to applicable standard operating procedures (SOPs). May optimize, expand, evaluate, select, adapt or develop standard methods or techniques in the laboratory. Ensures result data are accurately recorded and saved in a timely manner.
  • Reviews existing SOPs and makes clerical and procedural recommendations for improvement. Creates SOPs for use in the laboratory in the designated format.
  • Provides training regarding the principles, application, and limitations of analytical techniques. Adheres to all quality control requirements including the collection and preparation of samples, review of sample analyses. – Documents corrective actions for out of control parameters. Assists in resolving all quality assurance issues.
  • Trains other Scientists in proper use of equipment, analytical instrumentation maintenance, setup, and procedures.
  • Responsible for minor instrument repairs. Performs routine instrument maintenance and updates entries in maintenance logs.
  • Keeps work area neat and clean.
  • Ensures that all data entered into the laboratory information management systems (LIMS) is submitted and archived in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Demonstrates the ability to clearly articulate the laboratory’s standard practices as related to the referenced methods and the willingness to assist in other areas of the organization. Cross-trains on several different procedures/methods within the department and possibly other departments as directed.
  • Stays ahead of changing technologies, in the field by reading journals, scientific publications, and attending academic conferences.
  • Demonstrates potential for technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others, and independent thought.
  • Read and follow the Underwriters Laboratories Code of Conduct, and follow all laboratory safety, physical and digital security practices.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

What makes you a great fit:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering
  • Demonstrated general knowledge of scientific process.
  • Demonstrated operational and practical experience with Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC), Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), Attenuated Total Reflectance/Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR/IR), Solid-phase microextraction (SPME), benchtop and micro-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain academic and applied knowledge and skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with peers, and work directly with the research team members in order to complete a project from start to finish.
  • Excellent communication skills required.