Research Associate (m/f/d) in polymer materials with the possibility of a doctorate

Chair of polymer materials

As one of the largest chairs at the University of Bayreuth, we conduct research on polymer materials and manufacturing methods. The use of digital technologies is a core element of our research. This includes the development and investigation of processing technologies and machine learning.

Research Associate (m/f/d) in polymer materials with the possibility of a doctorate

Your tasks:

In a publicly funded project (initially limited to 3 years), you will investigate the foaming behavior of recycled PET . The relationships between material, process and properties are to be elucidated. In cooperation with a company, the focus will be on chemical modification, digitalisation of the process and foam production. In particular, the properties of the foamed materials are to be correlated with the material and process parameters. Based on the results, a comprehensive understanding between the materials, process and foam properties shall be established.

The research topic is carried out at the Chair of Polymer Materials and includes the use of digital methods based on comprehensive material characterization, targeted material modifications as well as material processing and a scientific evaluation with the aim to establish fundamental structure-property relationships.

Your profile:

You have an above-average university degree (Master or Diploma), preferably in the following technical fields:

  • Materials science / materials science
  • Mechanical engineering / plastics technology
  • Chemical engineering / process engineering
  • Physics or chemistry with experience in polymers

You are characterized by an above-average interest in scientific issues of plastics technology. You bring a high degree of motivation and initiative and convince with a confident appearance and a good command of written and spoken English.

Our offer: 

  • Possibility to do a doctorate
  • Collaboration in a dynamic research team
  • Versatile field of activity in a technically above-average well-equipped laboratory environment
  • Innovative scientific work in combination with application-oriented research
  • Exchange with leading digital companies
  • Numerous industrial contacts
  • Pleasant working atmosphere, versatile social events, coffee-for-free


The University of Bayreuth appreciates the diversity of its employees as an enrichment and is expressly committed to the goal of equal gender opportunities. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are very welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the Best Practice Club "Familie in der Hochschule e.V.", and has successfully participated in the HRK audit "Internationalization of the University". Persons with severe disabilities will be given preferential consideration if they have the same aptitude.

Please apply online with meaningful application documents using the password "WiMi Polymere Werkstoffe EvoFrame" via our Application portal of the University of Bayreuth. The documents will be deleted after the position has been filled in accordance with data protection requirements.

For further inquiries please contact:  Christian Brütting, ( ; Tel. 0921/55-7482)