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Advertising division: IEK-11 - Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg Renewable Energy Production
Reference number: 2019-278

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The "Helmholtz-Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energies" (HI ERN) is as IEK-11 a branch office of the „Forschungszentrum Jülich“. The institute collaborates closely with the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. The research of HI ERN is focused on innovative materials and processes for photovoltaic energy systems and hydrogen as a storage and carrier medium for a CO2-neutral energy supply. More information about HI-ERN can be found at http://www.hi-ern.de.

The successful candidate will be part of the group “High-Throughput Materials and Devices for PV” within the research unit “High-Throughput Methods for Photovoltaics” of HI ERN. Information about research, vision and infrastructure of this group can be found at http://hi-ern.de/hi-ern/HighThroughputPV/MaterialsAndDevices/node.html

We are looking to recruit a

Chemical or Physical Laboratory Technician / Microtechnologist

Your Job:

  • Preparation of solution-processable semiconductors for processing in automated high-throughput processes as well as selection of the necessary process steps
  • Preparation and characterization of solutions and optoelectronic layers
  • Production and characterization of printed solar cells with electrical and optical methods
  • Construction, operation and maintenance of automated laboratory equipment (spin coaters, evaporators, pipetting systems, doctor blades, platereaders, spectrometers, etc.)
  • Independent definition of work steps and organization of laboratory operations
  • Sample preparation and analysis of samples by means of laboratory analysis (spectrometer, IR camera, microscope, Raman microscopy, photoluminescence, etc.)
  • Support in data evaluation, preparation and communication
  • Support in ordering, materials management and occupational safety
  • Determination of work steps and organization of laboratory operations

Your Profile:

  • Successfully completed training as a chemical laboratory assistant, physics laboratory assistant, microtechnologist or comparable training in the laboratory sector
  • Enjoy the development and construction of new test setups and new technologies
  • Good technical and organizational skills as well as computer skills
  • Personal initiative and the ability to work independently
  • Good cooperation and communication skills as well as the ability to work in an interdisciplinary and international team
  • Good command of spoken and written English



Experience in one or more of the following categories is also desirable:

  • Production of thin functional layers from the solution
  • Previous knowledge in electrical and electro-optical characterization of components (IV curve, spectrometer, PL)
  • Organization of occupational safety

Our Offer:

  • Exciting working environment on an attractive research campus with a very good infrastructure located directly at the technical faculty of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • Insight into various specialty areas from materials science to electrical engineering, as well as the opportunity to gain experience in these fields
  • Accompaniment of projects from the planning phase, construction and commissioning to operation and maintenance
  • The opportunity to work in a team of motivated scientists, technicians and engineers
  • Promotion of professional development through various advanced training programs
  • Exciting research topics in one of the most relevant and interdisciplinary topics in the field of renewable energies
  • Various opportunities to reconcile work and private life
  • Limited for 2 years with possible longer-term prospects
  • Possibility of part-time employment with flexible working time models (50%-100%)
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the applicant`s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade EG6-7 TVöD-Bund


Place of employment: Erlangen

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site until 09.09.2019, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Questions about the vacancy?
Contact us by mentioning the reference number 2019-278: career@fz-juelich.de
Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.