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Head of the Helmholtz Nano Facility of Forschungszentrum Jülich

Forschungszentrum Jülich
Jülich, Germany
Closing date
2 Jan 2023
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The Helmholtz Nano Facility (HNF) is an infrastructure of Forschungszentrum Jülich and provides innovative micro- and nanostructures for internal users and external customers from science and industry. As an infrastructure that provides a service, HNF offers efficient access to experimental devices, procedures, and technologies. Novel structures, devices, and procedures are developed at HNF in close collaboration with cooperation partners, while new projects and strategies (e.g. in the fields of quantum computing, neuromorphic computing, nanoelectronics, photonics, and bioinformation) are implemented together with users in a targeted manner. HNF is a state-of-the-art clean room facility with 1200 square meters clean room of classes ISO 1-3 and 37 employees. It operates according to the standards DIN ISO 14644 and VDI DIN 2083, and is ISO 9001-certified.

Your Job:

  • Line management and functional management responsibilities, particularly helping to motivate and further the professional development of 37 highly specialized employees as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with Forschungszentrum Jülich;
  • Professional support of internal and external users;
  • Development and implementation of new technologies at HNF;
  • Further development of quality management and reliability management for component manufacturing technologies based on a comprehensive understanding of device physics and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques;
  • Discussions and negotiations with external users and enterprises. Preparation of quotations for external customers for R&D contracts and services;
  • Further development and implementation of a sustainable technology strategy in line with the requirements of users, institutes, and customers;
  • Creation of a service portfolio based on user requirements;
  • Management of technology projects to update HNF infrastructure;
  • Responsibility for quality management and vocational training and continuing professional development at HNF;
  • Acquisition of external customers.

Your Profile:

  • Doctoral degree in electrical engineering, physics, micro- and nanoegineering, or a similar relevant field;
  • Service-driven approach when dealing with users;
  • Outstanding technical expertise and extensive experience in the development of micro- and nanotechnology;
  • Engineering know-how in the fields of ultrapure water technology, gas supply systems, ventilation technology, sensors, safety technology, structural engineering, plant engineering, clean room technology, and industrial safety;
  • Knowledge of all DIN ISO standards and regulations governing the operation of a clean room;
  • Comprehensive experience in dealing with and managing research-oriented user facilities or similar experience in a technical management position or technological management;
  • Experience in using and programming audit and management systems for research laboratories for order processing or for project management (ideally Stratocore PPMS);
  • Enthusiastic approach to the search for solutions to complex technical and scientific issues;
  • Motivation to manage employees as well as outstanding leadership skills (both functional and more general) in combination with excellent communication skills in both German and English;
  • Interest and an ability to work in cross-functional teams and a multicultural environment;
  • Native speaker level of written and spoken German and a very good command of English.

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • A state-of-the-art clean room (ISO 1-3 classes) complete with modern equipment;
  • A diverse and challenging range of tasks in an international research environment for a collaborative and inclusive leadership personality;
  • A permanent position in the public service;
  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family-friendly corporate policy;
  • Flexible working hours, the option of slightly reduced working hours, and 30 days of annual leave;
  • A large research campus in a verdant surrounding, ideally situated between Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen;
  • Your employment will begin on 1 July 2023 at the earliest and allow for a sufficient handover with the current holder of the post;
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service.

We offer you an exciting and varied role in an international and interdisciplinary working environment as well as a long-term position with a guaranteed future based on a permanent contract with an employer funded by the federal and state governments. Salary and social benefits will conform to the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service depending on the applicant’s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks assigned to them.

We look forward to receiving applications from people with a diverse range of backgrounds (e. g. regardless of age, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation/identity, as well as social, ethnic, and religious background). We strive to offer a diverse and inclusive working environment in which people enjoy equal opportunities and are able to fulfil their potential.

Questions about the offer?

Please feel free to contact us via our contact form.

Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications by e-mail.


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Conducting research for a changing society: this is what drives us at Forschungszentrum Jülich. We aim to tackle the grand societal challenges of our time and conduct research into the possibilities of a digitized society, a climate-friendly energy system, and a resource-efficient economy.

Why work for us
We offer an international and interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, as well as exciting and varied responsibilities. Flexible working hours, the possibility of mobile working, support with childcare and care for relatives as well as counselling in individual life situations are instruments that we rely on. We support employees and their families who come to us from abroad with targeted services such as our International Advisory Services. An overview of our benefits can be found at

Training and development
We promote the development of our employees and offer a wide range of internal and external training and development opportunities (language courses, professional training, transferable skills courses such as leadership and project management).

Graduate schemesThe Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors (JuDocS) offers support for more than 1000 doctoral researchers and 400 supervisors. By providing onboarding, qualification opportunities, project monitoring, and counselling, it fosters high-quality standards for all doctoral projects. Furthermore, JuDocS cooperates with thematic graduate schools such as the Helmholtz Graduate School for Energy and Climate (HITEC), the International Helmholtz Research School of Biophysics and Soft Matter, the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA) and the Helmholtz School for Data Science in Life, Earth, and Energy (HDSLEE).

What we are looking for
Every year, we have more than 800 positions for candidates at all career levels in science, technical and administrative departments, and science management. We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation/identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

Germany (Münster, Düsseldorf, Aachen, Cologne, Bonn, Duisburg, Freiburg, Garching, Erlangen/Nürnberg, Berlin, Rostock, Hamburg), France (Grenoble), US (Oak Ridge), Thailand (Bangkok)

Number of researchers
More than 2800 scientists (1000 are doctoral researchers)

Main areas of research
Energy, information and bioeconomy

Positions recently recruited for
PhD candidates, postdocs/scientists, scientific leadership positions, junior research group leaders, professorships

Desired degree disciplines/class
Bachelor’s/master’s degree, PhD; physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, computer science, mathematics

Eligibility to work in the EU

How to apply
Please visit

Closing date
All year round

Tel +49 2461619760

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