Project Leader (d/f/m)

DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen

The DWI – Leibniz-Institute for Interactive Materials is a federal and state funded research institute of the Leibniz Association based on the Melaten Campus of RWTH Aachen University. International young and experienced scientists from various disciplines develop interactive materials based on the principles of nature. It is a location at which people with different talents, experiences and skills work together, in order to learn from one another and discover new knowledge and new methods to create a better quality of life in our world.

DWI is looking for a

Project Leader (d/f/m)

at the earliest possible date.

Your tasks:
  • You conduct structural analysis using TEM, CryoTEM, SEM, CryoSEM, WAXS, SAXS, and XRR techniques as well as in situ analysis to investigate structural and mechanical properties of various soft materials, including macromolecular assemblies in thin films, fibers, solution and bulk.
  • You lead and manage different projects in the field of soft matter characterization.
  • You conduct literature research, develop project concepts, and secure project funding.
  • You ensure project documentation and create final reports.
  • You participate in scientific conferences and present/publish research results.
  • You supervise and mentor PhD and Master students as well as technicians in sample preparation, measurements, and data analysis.
  • You serve as the Radiation Protection Officer.
  • You oversee the operation and maintenance of the laboratory's structural analysis equipment and preparation laboratory.
Your profile
  • You have a PhD in a relevant field, such as physical chemistry, materials science, biophysics, or biomedical engineering.
  • You have a strong background in structural analysis using electron microscopy and X-ray scattering techniques.
  • You are experienced in managing research projects and supervising graduate students.
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present research findings at scientific conferences and to publish papers in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Your ability to deal with radiation safety regulations and guidelines is a plus.
DWI offers
  • A company pension scheme within the framework of VBL
  • 30 days annual leave
  • Flexible and family-friendly working conditions
  • An open and team-oriented working atmosphere in an international environment
  • The support of a very dedicated team
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Good traffic situation including parking garage
  • Restaurants and cafeterias in the immediate vicinity
  • Proximity to the city center 

The DWI supports you in gaining further qualifications. We offer our employees an appealing working atmosphere, see https://www.dwi.rwth-aachen.de/seite/institutskultur. An overview of our measures for equal opportunities and for improving the compatibility of work and family can be found at https://www.dwi.rwth-aachen.de/seite/arbeiten-am-dwi. The DWI – Leibniz Institute values diversity and therefore welcomes all applications – regardless of gender, disability, nationality or ethnic and social origin.

How to apply

The full-time position is available immediately. The remuneration is based on the TV-L. The position is initially limited to two years, with the option of a permanent employment contract.

If you are interested and you are open to new professional challenges, we would be delighted to receive an application from you. Please upload your complete application documents (curriculum vitae, copies of final and work references, letter of motivation) under "Apply now".  If you have any questions about the position, please contact Dr. Janine Hillmer (hillmer@dwi.rwth-aachen.de).

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