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Advertising division: IEK-11 - Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy
Reference number: 2021D-190

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Would you like to contribute to the energy transition in Germany through your work? Then the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg (HI ERN) is the right place for you! HI ERN forms the core of a close partnership between Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin and Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. You will work in the department “Chemical Hydrogen Storage” (headed by Prof. Dr. Peter Wasserscheid). The main part the work will take place at the ZMP (Zentralinstitut für neue Materialien und Prozesstechnik) in Fürth. For more information on HI ERN and its main research areas, please visit https://www.hi-ern.de

We are offering a

PhD Position in Chemical Reaction Engineering

Your Job:

The avoidance of fossil raw materials requires alternative process routes for the production of fuels and basic chemicals in the future. Biomass represents an attractive renewable raw material source for this. You will be part of a project that deals with the production of fuels, fuel additives and basic chemicals from biomass derivatives. Your tasks will include:

  • Analysis and evaluation of attractive process routes for the conversion of biomass-derived methyl formate
  • Preparation, characterisation and testing of catalysts for the conversion of methyl formate to different value products
  • Reaction engineering study for the conversion of biomass-derived methyl formate to various base chemicals and fuels
  • Supervision of students
  • Participation in project meetings
  • Coordination with internal and external partners
  • Publication and presentation of research results in relevant journals and at national and international conferences

Your Profile:

  • Excellent master’s degree in chemistry, process engineering, reaction engineering or similar discipline
  • Strong interest in reaction engineering
  • Working experiences in a chemical laboratory, preferably working with a lab-scale reaction plant
  • High motivation for pursuing a PhD within 3 years
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to show initiative and work independently
  • Excellent cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent skills in spoken and written English

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive campus (FAU Südgelände) including many opportunities for cooperation with partners from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, the Forschungszentrum Jülich, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and from abroad
  • Outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure
  • Opportunity to participate in (international) conferences and project meetings
  • Continuous scientific mentoring by your scientific advisor
  • Extensive company health management
  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family-friendly corporate policy
  • 30 days of annual leave
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service


The position is initially for a fixed term of 3 years. Pay in line with 75 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60 % of a monthly salary as special payment („Christmas bonus“).

Place of employment: Erlangen

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

We look forward to receiving your application until 20.12.2021 via our
Online-Recruitment-System!

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