University of Jena

Early Stage Researcher (m/w/d) at Institute for Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry

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  • Early Stage Researcher (m/w/d) at Institute for Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry

    Reg. Nr. 383/2019

    Fristende: 29.02.2019

    The Friedrich Schiller University Jena connects: People and ideas, science and business, universities and non-university research. Rooted in the heart of Germany and linked to the whole world, it shapes Jena’s character as a future-oriented and cosmopolitan city.

    The Institute for Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry wants to fill one position as

    Early Stage Researcher (m/w/d)

    in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Project POLYSTORAGE-ETN, Grant Agreement No 860403.

    POLYSTORAGE ETN aims to develop high-quality training opportunities for 16 Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) (one financed with Australian funds) in the area of "Polymers for Next Generation Electrochemical Energy Storage". The final objective is the training of materials scientists, who will be the future scientific leaders, to face some of the upcoming European energy and environmental challenges. Well-balanced combination of fundamental and basic material and polymer science with applied research in advanced energy storage devices is a key aspect of this training network. A comprehensive training programme has been designed at two levels including local activities, such as enrolment in PhD programmes, local courses, etc., and network-wide activities, such as sectorial secondments, six workshops, two schools and one final conference. The goal of the project is the exploitation of the high number of potential synergies between innovative polymers and next-generation energy storage technologies, such as post-lithium batteries, redox flow batteries, and all-polymer batteries. POLYSTORAGE assembles 12 beneficiaries (incl. 2 industries) and 13 partners (incl. 11 industries). POLYSTORAGE academic partners are internationally renowned for their research and training activities in polymer science (University of Jena (Germany), University of the Basque Country (Spain), University of Leuven (Belgium), University of Pau (France), Aalto University (Finland)) and energy storage (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), Uppsala University (Sweden), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Imdea Energy (Spain), National Institute of Chemistry (Slovenia) and Deakin University (Australia)). The 13 industries offering complementary expertise are LITHOPS SRL (Italy), E22 Energy Storage Solutions (Spain), Scania CV AB (Sweden), Toyota Motor Europe (Belgium), Evonik Creavis GmbH (Germany), TCI Europe (Belgium), CALIX - Europe SARL (France), Chemspeed Technologies AG (Switzerland), NETZSCH Gerätebau GmbH (Germany), Solvionic S.A. (France), Repsol S.A. (Spain), Tokyo Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. (Japan) and Calix Limited (Australia). The industrial partners will have an active participation in the training activities and exploitation of the project results.

    Description of Individual ESR project:

    Title : Micelles of redox-active amphiphilic diblock copolymers for water-based polymer redox flow batteries

    Objectives: The main objective of this PhD study is the preparation of micelles of redox-active diblock copolymers for aqueous polymer redox flow batteries. This project will include (i) synthesis of diblock copolymers containing a redox-active block, (ii) detailed study of the copolymer micellisation (DLS, cryoTEM) and stability of the polymeric micelles, (iii) investigation of the viscosity and the electrochemical properties of the micelles in water-based anolytes and catholytes for polymer redox flow batteries.

    Expected results : The ESR should be able to select and synthesise well-defined polymers based on the knowledge of the network. The ESR should be able to perform scattering and microscopy techniques. The ESR should be able to investigate the viscosity and electrochemical properties of the micellar solutions.

    Your tasks:

  • To undertake research, e.g., by planning, preparing, setting up, conducting and recording the outcome of experiments, performing data analysis, desktop research etc.
  • To conduct experiments by means of organic and polymer synthesis, and preparation of micellar structures; investigation and characterisation of monomers, polymers, and micellar structures by means of, e.g., light-scattering, microscopy, and electrochemical techniques.
  • To participate in maintaining laboratory facilities and assist other members of the group by sharing knowledge and expertise. To collaborate with others to tackle interdisciplinary problems in close cooperation with experts from adjacent disciplines in chemistry and physics.
  • To actively participate within the research group, communicating and presenting research at meetings, through publications and other recognised avenues as appropriate, ensuring information is communicated to internal and external partners.
  • To contribute to research publications and presentations as required.
  • To analyse and communicate complex ideas, concepts and data using appropriate methods.
  • To resolve issues and support senior colleagues in devising procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
  • To generate research output and contribute to the development of independent and original ideas as appropriate.
  • To maintain and update area of specialist knowledge, researching and critically appraising relevant literature within the area.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate and that will enhance performance.
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

  • Requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree on chemistry or materials science.
  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in chemistry or materials science, or equivalent relevant research experience. The degree must be obtained before the beginning of the contract but you can apply before.
  • Expertise in organic and polymer synthesis and characterisation.
  • Knowledge of research methods and techniques within specialist field.
  • Proven ability to analyse complex information and summaries appropriately.
  • Proven communication skills, including presentation to various audiences.
  • Excellent organisational and team-working skills.
  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and accuracy within work.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

  • We offer:

  • To become part of a highly motivated, international, dynamic young project team.
  • To work in Jena, a young and vibrant university town with dynamic business activities, successful scientific innovation centres and a vibrant cultural scene around a traditional university.
  • To benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences in addition to the individual scientific PhD project.
  • Planned secondments:
  • In addition to the individual scientific project, the fellow will benefit from further continuing education, which includes secondments. In this project, the following secondments are planned: 2 months at Aalto University (Finland) to be trained on high-resolution electronic microscopy and scattering techniques, 3 months at Tokyo Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. (Japan) to conduct research in industrial setups towards upscaling, and 3 months at IMDEA Energy (Spain) to investigate electrochemical properties of redox-active polymers in non-aqueous electrolytes.

  • Additional Information

    ESR eligibility criteria

    There are strict eligibility requirements for the ESR PhD positions. Please ensure that you qualify before applying, as ineligible candidates cannot be considered.


  • MUST be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctorate. This 4-year period is measured from the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.

  • MUST NOT must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their start date of the contract. Compulsory national service, short stays, such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

    For more information on MSCA-ITN, visit

    Applicants must confirm and be prepared to provide evidence that they meet the Marie Sk?odowska -Curie eligibility criteria as specified above.

    English language: It is a requirement that applicants will show that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficient for them to derive the full benefit from the network training, and to embark on a doctorate at a university.

    The Marie Sk?odowska-Curie programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a salary in accordance with the Marie Sk?odowska -Curie regulations for early stage researchers. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment.

    The vacant position is limited to 3 years. The position offers the possibility to graduate as a PhD.

    The Friedrich Schiller University Jena is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity as well as a good balance between university and family life.

    As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to increase the number of women working in the field advertised.

    Severely handicapped people are given preference in case of equal qualifications, aptitude and professional qualifications.

    Have we piqued your interest? Then please submit your application including the following documents until 29.02.2020 mentioning the registration number 383/2019 via the application platform at .

  • Application form (can be downloaded from the web page)
  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae of at most 3 pages. Europass C.V. format preferred
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  • Transcripts and certifications from university:
  • Bachelor degree, including class ranking if possible.
  • Master degree (or equivalent), including class ranking if possible.
  • Names of at least two references who are willing to write a letter of recommendation on the candidate’s behalf (they may be contacted by us)
  • Any other relevant documents

  • Host institution and PhD enrolment: Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) ( https://www.uni- )

    Main supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert ( )

    Start of employment: 01.05.2020

    Application deadline: 29.02.2020

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    Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
    Institute for Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry
    Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert
    Ausschreibung vom: 05.12.2019
    Bewerbungsende: 29.02.2020


    In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 151959.

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