Research Associate Chemical Engineer § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

Your responsibilities

Duties primarily include teaching and research. 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 candidate with a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, or Technical Chemistry.

The main research activities will revolve around the technical management of our laboratory and pilot plant facilities in the field of oxidation and hydrogenation chemistry. Preference will be given to application-oriented projects conducted in collaboration with industrial partners or international research institutions.

Responsibilities will include conceptualizing, building, and commissioning high-pressure reaction systems, as well as ensuring the safe operation and supervision of fully continuous miniplants. This entails conducting relevant safety considerations and providing training and guidance to scientific and non-scientific personnel in the safe handling of complex technical processes.

In the teaching domain (4 LVS), the emphasis will be on supervising and organizing technical laboratory courses, independently conducting exercises, and supervising bachelor and master theses. Specifically, this will involve managing courses for advanced students in the Master's degree programs in Chemistry at University of Hamburg and in Process Engineering at TUHH (Technical University of Hamburg).

The position offers extensive opportunities for personal and professional development, including the writing of scientific publications, participation in research proposals, and acquisition of third-party funding. Depending on the candidate's expertise and suitability, there is also the possibility for extension the contract.


Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field plus doctorate.

This position is preferably suitable for candidates with a university degree in Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, or Technical Chemistry. At least three years of experience as a doctoral candidate in these areas must also be available. A hiring requirement is that the practical work on the doctoral thesis has already been completed.

Comprehensive theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the design, construction, and safe operation of (high-pressure) laboratory facilities are required. Knowledge of laboratory automation using tools such as FlexLab, LabView, TwinCAT, or similar is desirable. A deep understanding of reaction engineering and thermodynamic processes and their description would be beneficial. Experience in supervising and training students or leading teams is advantageous. The position also requires a passion for independent scientific work, teamwork, and enthusiasm for guiding and supporting colleagues.

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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