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Postdoc / Engineer (m/f/d)

papering engineering, (chemical) process engineering, energy engineering, machinery engineering in the field of innovative systems in aqueous media

Your mission is to lead a main work package of the BMBF funded project (research cluster Model Factory Paper) with focus on “Innovative Systems in the Aqueous Medium”. You will lead a team of 3-4 people and work in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment in the hub between science and industry in the paper sector.

Your mission

Your tasks

  • You will coordinate the main work package “Innovative systems in aqueous media” within the above-mentioned BMBF-funded project and ensure the distribution and timely processing of sub-aspects.
  • Together with your team, you develop and optimize new processes for stock preparation on a laboratory scale to make fibers bindable and at the same time reduce the water retention capacity
  • You create and test different formulations and set up the associated analytics to evaluate experimental successes
  • You will develop and test new concepts for mechanical drying on a laboratory scale based on comprehensive research into known mechanical dewatering processes
  • Together with your team, you explore possibilities for thermodynamic and energetic optimization (e.g. web drying, alternative steam supply) with the help of laboratory test rigs.
  • The process energy of the new technologies is analyzed by you and your team
  • Based on the laboratory results, you develop the next scaling stage (pilot plant / technology carrier) at pilot plant scale and perform validation experiments
  • The process strategies you develop are used to enable adiabatic process control
  • You prepare results and present them in regular meetings with the project team or summarize them in reports
  • You publish your research results in scientific journals and present them at conferences / meetings
  • You have completed a doctorate or are an engineer (at least 3 years of professional experience) in the field of paper engineering, (chemical) process engineering, energy technology, mechanical engineering or a related discipline
  • You are interested in environmentally friendly processes and sustainability (in the paper industry)
  • Your application-related knowledge of different thermodynamic processes, such as isothermal, isobaric, isochoric and adiabatic processes is required
  • You bring experience in coordinating research projects and supervising students* or first team members
  • Your teamwork and leadership skills will enable you to lead a dedicated research team
  • You are driven by a very good understanding of processes and motivation for continuous improvement (e.g., achieving higher efficiencies)
  • You are familiar with process optimization methods and statistical analysis of data
  • You can clearly communicate complex scientific concepts with excellent communication skills
  • Your ability to strategically plan and implement research goals sets you apart from the rest
  • Experience working with external partners and the scientific community is a plus

Your profile

What we offer

  • Employment for an indefinite period
  • Remuneration and social benefits based on TVöD-Bund [E13].
  • Contribute 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 incl. your own creative freedom
  • You expand your network within science and the paper industry
  • Possibility of mobile working and flexitime arrangements as a basis for family-friendly and flexible working conditions
  • You receive support in the further development of your scientific career
  • Modern and excellently equipped research laboratory with a high degree of digitalization
  • 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 professional conferences, training and education to keep you up-to-date and build expertise

Equal opportunities for people of all genders (f/m/d) is part of our human resources 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:

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Further information

We look forward to receiving your application

Your contact person:

Peter Bekaert