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Master Assistant (m/f/d) chemical engineering, process engineering, machine engineering - Promotion possible (100% position)

in the research area of tailor-made raw materials

Your mission is to develop prototypes and technology carriers for the modification of cellulose fibres within the BMBF-funded project (Modellfabrik Papier research cluster) with a focus on “Tailor-made raw materials”. You will work closely with experienced experts in an interdisciplinary and collaborative working environment at the interface between science and industry in the paper sector.

Your mission

Your tasks

  • Your expertise is needed to develop processes for the chemical and biochemical modification of cellulose fibres on a pilot plant scale
  • Based on laboratory results, you will play a key role in the implementation of the next scaling stage (pilot plant / technology carrier) on a pilot plant scale and carry out validation experiments
  • You will independently develop and test control and regulation concepts in order to network the above-mentioned devices and embed them in the overall process
  • In order to optimise paper production without water, you will develop an analysis method for the flow behaviour and carry out tests
  • You will use all available software applications in a modern, networked and efficient working and laboratory environment
  • You will actively work in multidisciplinary teams to exchange ideas, discuss and find the best solutions
  • You have successfully completed a Master’s degree in chemical engineering, process engineering, mechanical engineering or a related subject area
  • The topics of environmentally friendly processes and sustainability (in the paper industry) are important to you
  • You have experience in the development of innovative solutions – ideally within research or industrial projects and multidisciplinary teams
  • In your career to date, you have gained experience in the field of plant design and scale-up from laboratory to pilot plant scale
  • You have already demonstrated your ability to work independently and have taken responsibility for your (sub)projects
  • You are familiar with analytical methods and the statistical evaluation of data
  • With excellent communication skills, you can clearly convey complex scientific concepts
  • Experience in working with external partners and the scientific community is an advantage

Your profile

What we offer

  • Temporary employment until July 2027
  • Remuneration and social benefits based on TVöD-Bund [E13]
  • Make your own contribution to a sustainable future by supporting pioneering research projects in the paper industry
  • Collaboration with an innovative and dynamic team in an excellent working atmosphere including your own creative freedom
  • Expand your network within academia and the paper industry
  • Opportunity for mobile working and flexitime arrangements as the basis for family-friendly and flexible working conditions
  • You will receive support in the further development of your scientific career
  • Modern and excellently equipped research laboratory with a high degree of digitalisation
  • You will experience an open and constructive feedback culture based on regular and mutual feedback discussions between employees and their supervisors or colleagues to enable continuous development
  • Opportunity to participate in regular team and company events
  • Networking events to share projects, ideas and interests
  • Participation in specialist conferences, training courses and further education to keep you up to date and expand your expertise
  • Equal opportunities for people of all genders (f/m/d) is an essential part of our HR policy.


The Modellfabrik Papier will be built on the site of the Innovation Quarter at the Düren train station. Until the completion of our new building in early 2025, our activities will take place at the Jülich Research Center. Further office space is currently located in the CO_SPACE.DN.

Application documents to be submitted

  • Meaningful cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • References
  • Desired/possible starting date
  • Salary expectation

We are looking forward to your application!
Please send your complete documents by e-mail to:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone:

Further information

We look forward to receiving your application

Stehendes Portraitbild von Beter Bekaert Geschäftsführer der Modellfabrik Papier (MFP).

Your contact person:

Peter Bekaert


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