Job advertisement

Vacancy ID: 400/2022
Closing date: 2022-12-11


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
for the CZS-junior research group for
“Polymers in Energy Applications”

Full-time (40 hours per week) according to TV-L E 14 and is limited to 31.03.2029.

The CZS junior research group is funded by the Carl Zeiss Foundation (, co-financed by the FSU Jena and the HZB. In addition to the position of junior research group leader, the junior research group is equipped with a total of seven doctoral positions (each 3 years, 0.67 full-time equivalents) and one technician position (1.0 full-time equivalent). In addition, the junior research group is supported by another technician (0.5 fte). Furthermore, very attractive funds for materials and consumables as well as travel are available, as well as initial equipment for the laboratories. The first-class equipment of the CEEC Jena can be fully used. A significant joint use of the newly acquired electron microscopic devices is also planned for the junior research group.

This junior research group will be very closely involved in the Joint Lab "Polymer-based Energy Storage Devices and Energy Conversion" (FSU Jena and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin) and will work closely with the research groups of the CEEC Jena.

The call is an "open topic" call and includes the following possible research topics:

Topic 1: AI as a platform for material development of polymer-based batteries
Topic 2: Polymer materials based on sustainable resources for energy storage and conversion devices
Topic 3: CO2 as a building block for new polymer materials in energy storage and conversion
Topic 4: Novel sustainable encapsulation materials for the next generation of photovoltaics

The junior research group to be established should conduct research in at least one of these areas.

Your responsibilities:

    • Independent leadership of a junior research group in the field of polymers for energy applications and independent research
    • Independent supervision of doctoral, master's and bachelor's students
    • Close cooperation with the Helmholtz Center Berlin
    • 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
    • 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 highly attractive staff and financial base (more than ERC Starting Grant or Emmy Noether funding)
    • Laboratories and offices in the new buildings of the CEEC Jena
    • Opportunity to perpetuate the position
    • Diverse opportunities for cooperation, especially within the framework of the Joint Lab
    • 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 up to salary group 14

Participating Institutions:

The position is initially limited to 31.03.2029. 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 11.12.2022 to:

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Chemisch-Geowissenschaftliche Fakultät
Herr Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert
Philosophenweg 7a
07743 Jena
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