Conducting research for a changing society: This is what drives us at Forschungs­zentrum Jülich. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, we aim to tackle the grand societal challenges of our time and conduct research into the possibilities of a digitized society, a climate-friendly energy system, and a resource-efficient economy. Work together with around 6,800 employees in one of Europe’s biggest research centres and help us to shape change!

The Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) uses neutrons as microscopic probes to conduct research on condensed and biological matter. Therefore, JCNS develops, builds, and operates neutron scattering instruments, which are offered to a large user community at world leading neutron sources at MLZ in Garching, at ILL in Grenoble, and at ORNL in Oak Ridge. Researchers at JCNS can use world-class scientific instruments with dedicated sample environment and state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure, and receive support from dedicated expert staff. In our research area “Neutron Scattering and Soft Matter” we investigate organic materials, especially polymer based systems, and biological materials.

We are looking to recruit a

Postdoc / Organic or Polymer Chemist

Your Job:

  • Synthesis of a broad range of polymeric and organic compounds
  • Use of controlled polymerization techniques
  • Synthesis of deuterium labelled compounds
  • Use of ethoxylation processes for the synthesis of surfactants and polymers
  • Build-up of a user service in order to support our neutron scattering users with deuterium labelled compounds
  • Participation in international projects
  • Presenting research results at scientific meetings, conferences, and as scientific papers

Your Profile:

  • Master’s degree and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry
  • Profound knowledge in organic or polymer chemistry
  • Very good knowledge in organic chemical analysis techniques
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Very good command of the English language, preferably also German

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 support you in your work with:

  • An international and interdisciplinary team of experts
  • Exceptional infrastructure of a large scale research facility
  • Wide range of professional training possibilities
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life
  • A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours and 30 days of annual leave
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

We offer you an exciting and varied role in an international and interdisciplinary working environment. The position is initially for a fixed term of two years with possible long-term prospects. Salary and social benefits will be in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD). Depending on the applicant’s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade 13 TVöD-Bund will apply.

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

The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving your application via our Online Recruitment System!

Questions about the vacancy?

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