Research Associate / PhD student (m/f/d)

Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF)

The IPF‐Institute of Polymer Materials, Department Processing, is offering a

Research Associate / PhD student (m/f/d)

40 h/week, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) ‐ The Research Training Group "Mineral‐bonded composites for enhanced structural impact safety" (GRK 2250), subject to resources being available.

The Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF) is one of the largest polymer research facilities in Germany. As an institute of the Leibniz Association, the IPF is committed to carrying out application‐oriented fundamental research and receives its basic funding in equal parts from the federal and state governments.


  • independent and cooperative qualification through scientific research within one of the doctoral study projects on offer; training in the technical tasks of the individual dissertation topics through study of the literature and in making the objectives more precise; working on the individual doctoral study project with experimental, numerical, metrological or empirical focus in collaboration with other GRK members (fellow students and supervising professors); implementation of the planned research program, evaluation and interpretation of the results and transferring them to a GRK internal exchange platform, elaboration and presentation of the state‐of‐the‐art in the respective research fields; participation in lectures, workshops and summer schools according to the guidelines of the GRK curriculum; supporting scientific
  • graduation work (Bachelor/Master/Diploma) in the subject‐specific research field; regular reporting on research progress to the supervising professors; publishing the results of the research work individually or in concert with others; cooperative maintenance of exchange platforms (database, information pages, etc.); summarizing the results of the individual doctoral
  • study project in a dissertation within the due time of 3 years


Very good university degree in one or more of the following areas: civil engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering (in the textile or measuring technologies) and geodesy (optical 3D measurement). We are looking for first‐class, young graduates with excellent expertise in the GRK‐addressed doctoral subjects, high interdisciplinary desire to learn and willingness to cooperate, very good verbal and written English communication skills as well as the absolute determination to submit the dissertation after only 3 years of research.

Starting date: 1.5.2020

Duration: 3 years

Salary: According to German pay grade TV‐L EG 13

Preference is given to severely disabled applicants, if they have the same level of qualification. IPF attaches importance to equal professional treatment of women and men. The data submitted by you in the course of the application procedure will be processed by IPF. IPF shall use the data for the purposes of the application procedure. No data shall be passed on to third parties. The costs for the interviews will not be refunded.

Please send your Applications in English and include the following documents: motivation letter stating research interests and relevance for the PhD project, curriculum vitae, degree certificates including lists of grades, recommendation letters, publications or, where appropriate, a graduation thesis. Application documents specifying the above job vacancy number should be submitted to the Personnel Department of the IPF. Questions can be directed to Dr. Scheffler (scheffler(at)ipfdd.de).

Leibniz‐Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.

Frau Susanne Otto

Head of Personnel Department

Hohe Straße 6

01069 Dresden