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

Chair of Polymer Materials

The Chair of Polymer Materials is looking for

Research Associate (m/f/d) in the field of

polymeric materials with the possibility

of a doctorate

As one of the largest chairs at the University of Bayreuth, we conduct research on polymer materials and cover the entire spectrum from production to processing and recycling. This includes the investigation of innovative recycling concepts for the development of sustainable solution strategies in dealing with engineering plastics.

Your tasks:

In an industrially funded project (initially limited to 2.5 years) you will develop a sustainable, enzymatic recycling route for PBT in collaboration with the Chair of Biochemistry. The focus of the research work is to identify structural features that influence the efficiency of the degradation process with special attention to the influence of crystallinity as well as changes in surface morphology. In close collaboration, you will establish a degradation platform for enzymatic degradation. The platform will be used to incubate macroscale test specimens, which you will subsequently test in static and dynamic mechanical measurements to establish time-dependent structure-property relationships. The aim is to perform a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the degradation efficiency of the enzymes provided by the Department of Biochemistry to generate a comprehensive understanding of the processes involved and to generate the fundamentals for industrial upscaling.

The research topic is carried out at the Chair of Polymer Engineering and involves the extensive use of mechanical and analytical methods based on comprehensive material characterization and scientific evaluation with the aim of establishing fundamental structure-property relationships.

Your profile:

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

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

Basic knowledge in the field of natural sciences is a prerequisite for the position. Furthermore, you are characterized by an above-average interest in interdisciplinary, scientific issues in 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.

We offer you: 

  • 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 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.

Your application

Please apply online with meaningful application documents using the password "PBTase" 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: Julia Utz, (; Tel. 0921/55-7483)