PhD Student (m/f/d)

Young Researchers Magdeburg
Complex Systems Chemistry

Job Code: MaxDePoly PhD application 2021-1

Job Offer from March 11, 2021

The Department “Process Systems Engineering” (Director: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Sundmacher) at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems is inviting applications for the position of a PhD Student (m/f/d) with the research topic “Experimental Analysis of the Chemical Recycling of Polymeric Materials”. The payment follows TVöD (Salary Class 75% E13). The position is to be filled as soon as possible and is limited to three years.

The advertised position is embedded into the research project Max-DePoly. The research topic contributes to the concept of circular economy. The overall objective of Max-DePoly is to advance the scientific fundamentals of chemical recycling of various polymer materials. In particular, the project aims to investigate chemo-catalytic conversion processes to establish a closed material cycle by depolymerisation of polymers to monomers.


  • design and implement experimental facilities to investigate the chemical recycling of polymeric materials,
  • develop analytical methods to quantify the progress of depolymerisation reactions,
  • identify suitable solvent and catalyst systems for depolymerisation,
  • support experimentally the theoretical studies related to chemical recycling of polymers.


Suitable candidates

  • hold a master degree in the engineering or natural sciences, preferentially in chemical or process engineering, physics, chemistry or related disciplines with grades above average,
  • have strong interest in experimental work for reaction engineering and chemical analysis,
  • have strong communication skills and motivation for the cooperation with colleagues focusing on modeling and mathematical optimization of depolymerisation processes. 

Knowledge and experience in chemical engineering laboratory work and chemical analytics are advantageous.

For further information please contact: Dr. Techn. L. Rihko-Struckmann, email:


Evaluation of the applicants is continuous on a rolling basis until the position is filled, latest April 30, 2021. To send the application documents, including motivation letter, curriculum vitae, bachelor and master certificates, and names of two academics willing to prepare reference letters, please only use the application form (call reference “MaxDePoly PhD application 2021-1“).

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the proportion of employed women in those areas where they are underrepresented and encourages women to apply for this position. The Max Planck Society also seeks to employ more severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons are explicitly encouraged.

In case of administrative questions, please contact Judith Sträubig, email: . Please also note the information regarding the storage of personal data.

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