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Research Associate for the Project “SFB 1615 – SMART Reactors” § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

Your responsibilities

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

One of the current biggest challenges of our society is the future supply of energy and basic chemicals based on renewable resources. A sustainable and adaptable availability of energy resources forms the basis for an advanced industrial society of the future.

The Albert research group, in close collaboration with industrial and academic partners, focuses on substituting fossil-based basic chemicals with chemical feedstocks derived from renewable resources.

To strengthen our scientific team, we are seeking a committed and highly qualified Chemical Engineer, Process Engineer, or Technical Chemist.

Research activities will focus on the conceptual design, construction and commissioning of high-pressure plants as well as the safe operation and supervision of fully continuous miniplants. Within the framework of several projects, we are planning and operating various multiphase reactors, which are equipped, among other things, with novel reactor concepts (jet loop reactors) and recycling units (e.g. membrane separation). The successful commissioning and characterization of the miniplants will enable the transition from batch to continuous operation. Reaction engineering studies to determine the influence of various process parameters on reactor performance and space-time yield will be performed using various model reactions. Reaction systems that enable the substitution of fossil base chemicals by chemical feedstocks based on renewable raw materials will be specifically investigated. The establishment of different methods for the analysis of liquid and gas phase products is also part of the advertised position.


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A university degree in a relevant field.

This position is preferably for employees with a university degree in chemical engineering, process engineering or technical chemistry. Applications from graduates of universities of applied sciences (“Fachhochschulen”) are also explicitly welcome. Experience in working in chemical laboratories as well as previous knowledge in chemical reaction engineering or technical chemistry is desirable. Experience in working with (high) pressure systems as well as with oxygen and the associated safety-related education/training is an advantage. In addition, theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the design, construction and safe operation of laboratory equipment are advantageous. Similarly, knowledge of membrane separation is desired.

We offer

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Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
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Continuing education opportunities
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University pensions
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Attractive location
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Flexible working hours
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Work-life balance opportunities
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Health management

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Educational leave

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30 days of vacation per annum

Universität Hamburg—University of Excellence is one of the strongest research educational institutions in Germany. Our work in research, teaching, educational and knowledge exchange activities is fostering the next generation of responsible global citizens ready to tackle the global challenges facing us. Our guiding principle “Innovating and Cooperating for a Sustainable Future” drives collaboration with academic and nonacademic partner institutions in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and around the world. We would like to invite you to be part of our community to work with us in creating sustainable and digital change for a dynamic and pluralist society.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.


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