Job advertisement

Vacancy ID: 114/2023
Closing date: 2023-06-30


Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light—Life—Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena’s character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.

The Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences seeks to fill the position of a

Junior research group leader

starting at September 1st, 2023.

Full-time (40 hours per week) for a limited period (until 30.06.2026).

The main focus of the research of the junior research group should be on the topic of sustainable polymer research or automated chemical research with a focus on polymers, whereby one of the following three thematic priorities should also be addressed:

  1. Modern polymer synthesis, processing and application
  2. Sustainable polymeric materials
  3. New materials for energy applications

The junior research group to be established should conduct research in at least one of these areas. More information on the individual thematic priorities can be found at

Your responsibilities:

    • Independent leadership of a junior research group in the field of polymers chemistry and independent research in the field of sustainable polymers or automated polymer research
    • Independent supervision of doctoral, master's and bachelor's students
    • Close cooperation with industrial partners such as Altana AG and cooperation partners at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena
    • Publication of scientific results and, if necessary, acquisition of own third-party funds

Your profile:

    • Successfully completed university studies and a very good doctorate in chemistry (preferably in the field of macromolecular chemistry), materials science or equivalent
    • General computer skills, including Windows and Office
    • Very good knowledge of spoken and written English
    • The ability to work in an interdisciplinary, international team is required
    • We expect a high degree of motivation, initiative and the willingness to familiarize yourself with a wide range of tasks

We offer:

    • Management of an independent junior research group in an exciting and forward-looking research topic
    • A research environment that is supplemented by a wide range of cooperation opportunities, especially with industrial partners in and around Jena as well as with Altana AG and within the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
    • Unique team of scientists and engineers
    • Attractive fringe benefits, e.g., capital-forming benefits, job ticket (discounts for public transport), company pension scheme (VBL)
    • An exciting field of activity with creative freedom
    • Opportunity for habilitation is given
    • University health promotion and a family-friendly working environment with flexible working hours
    • Remuneration according to the provisions of the collective agreement for the public service of the federal states (TV-L) according to the personal requirements at salary group 14

The position is initially limited until 30.06.2026. This is a 100% full-time position (40 hours/week).

The University of Jena strives for a higher proportion of women in science; therefore, we strongly encourage qualified female scientists to apply.

Severely disabled people will be given preference if they have the same suitability, ability and professional qualifications.

If your research focuses very well on the outlined subject areas, then please provide a short description of your research in this context, naming one of the specific thematic focuses (length of approx. 1-2 pages) as well as meaningful documents about yourself (curriculum vitae in tabular form, certificates in copies, list of publications, etc.) stating the above registration number by 30.06.2023 to:

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Chemisch-Geowissenschaftliche Fakultät
Herr Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert
Philosophenweg 7a
07743 Jena
oder per Email an:

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