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

Chemistry, Polymer materials, Macromolecular chemistry, Materials science
Friedrich Schiller University Jena


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 (www.carl-zeiss-stiftung.de), 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: Carl Zeiss Stiftung


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 400/2022 registration number by 11.12.2022 to:


Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Chemisch-Geowissenschaftliche Fakultät

Herr Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert

Philosophenweg 7a

07743 Jena

or by email at: ceec-jena(at)uni-jena.de


Since all application documents will be duly destroyed after the recruitment process, we ask you to submit only copies of your documents.


For further information for applicants and the information on the collection of personal data, please refer to https://www.uni-jena.de/stellenmarkt?info=1


Name: Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert

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