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Master Assistant (m/f/d) mechanical engineering - Promotion possible (100% position)

in the research area of disruptive development for paper production with other fluids and with dry fibres

Your mission is to take on a key role within the BMBF-funded project (Modellfabrik Papier research cluster) focussing on “System Change in Fluid”. 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 sought to contribute to the development of technology carriers for dry paper laying and for the bonding of the dry paper web
  • You will also support our scientific team in the development of technology carriers for papermaking using an innovative fluid
  • You will actively work in multidisciplinary teams to exchange ideas, discuss and find the best solutions
  • Based on laboratory results and literature research, you will make an essential contribution to implementing the next scaling stage (pilot plant / technology carrier) on a pilot plant scale
  • Your tasks will include planning the system in close coordination with the team and project partners as well as procuring and assembling the individual parts
  • In order to make possible changes and connect different individual segments with each other, you will design the overall system to be as variable as possible
  • Based on the results of the experiments carried out, you will help to implement ways to optimise the processes.
  • You have successfully completed a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related field
  • 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
  • You would like to expand your knowledge in the field of planning and building experimental test stands up to the pilot plant
  • You enjoy setting up a plant and supervising the entire process from planning to the finished technology carrier
  • You enjoy working in a collaborative team and not only develop innovative technology carriers together with your colleagues, but are also interested in continuous optimisation
  • Ideally, you have some experience in setting up laboratory test benches
  • With excellent communication skills, you can clearly convey complex scientific concepts

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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