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Head of the Helmholtz Nano Facility at Forschungszentrum Jülich (f/m/d)

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Closing date
16 Jan 2024

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Employment - Hours
Full time

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Work group:

HNF - Helmholtz Nano Facility

Area of research:

Executive posts

Job description:

Your Job:

Would you like to put your management and organisational skills at the service of science and do pioneering work as an enabler in cutting-edge projects and processes? Are you interested in taking on a high-profile management role and shaping the future of micro- and nanotechnology? Then you are just right for the management of the HNF. Support the diverse research groups in realising their goals in one of Europe`s leading research clean rooms, develop new strategies with the users in a goal-oriented manner and thereby make your contribution to research projects on the technologies of the future.

Your tasks include in particular:

  • Management and further development of the HNF team of more than 30 employees
  • Further development and implementation of a sustainable technology strategy in collaboration with the scientific HNF steering committee
  • External representation of the HNF, e.g. through participation in relevant conferences, workshops and involvement in corresponding networks
  • Acquisition of third-party funding
  • Recruitment and professional support of internal and external users
  • Creating and continuously developing the service portfolio in line with user requirements
  • Interface to the Board of Directors of the research centre, the administrative units, and the management level of the scientific institutes as well as cooperation partners from industry and science
  • Responsibility for the implementation of quality management
  • Close cooperation with the Chief Technology Officer of the HNF as the person responsible for practical operational processes

Your Profile:

  • Relevant university degree (diploma, master`s degree) and doctorate or equivalent experience with research relevance in a field relevant for the task
  • Experience in the field of micro- and nanotechnology, and preferably also experience in cleanrooms - as an intensive user or operator
  • Enthusiasm for finding solutions to complex technical and scientific issues
  • Leadership skills and management experience in an R&D context combined with excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams and projects in an intercultural environment in a goal-oriented manner
  • Strong service orientation in interactions with researchers
  • Experience in managing research-orientated user facilities or equivalent experience in industrial, technical management
  • Fluency in English and at least B2 level in German with the willingness to further improve these skills quickly

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 large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
  • Comprehensive training programmes and individual opportunities for personal and professional development, e.g. in the area of management and technology
  • Extensive company health management
  • Optimal conditions for balancing work and private life as well as a family-friendly company policy
  • An excellent technical infrastructure and work in an inspiring and international scientific environment, also for people with industrial experience
  • The opportunity to accompany and support young scientists in their development
  • The possibility to contribute to selected research projects if interested
  • The option to work remotely in line with the requirements of a management position
  • Flexible working hours in a full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • 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. A future-proof and long-term job as part of a permanent employment relationship with an employer supported by the federal and state governments. Remuneration and social benefits are in accordance with the collective agreement of the public service (TVöD-Bund) and correspond to the importance of the position. There is the possibility of employment outside of TVöD-Bund and the granting of bonuses depending on the individual status quo.

In addition to exciting tasks and a collaborative working atmosphere at Jülich, we have a lot more to offer:

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.

For further questions please contact:
Dr. Florian Schackert

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.


The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges to assure the future of our society. With more than 39,000 people on staff in 18 national research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organization. The name Helmholtz stands for concerted research in which networks form the key principle behind inquiring thought and action. Concerted research is efficient and flexible.

The profile of the Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association performs cutting-edge research which contributes substantially to solving the grand challenges of science, society and industry. To succeed in meeting these responsibilities, Helmholtz concentrates its work in six research fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter, as well as Aeronautics, Space and Transport. Within each of these fields, research programs are developed by our scientists and regularly evaluated by renowned international experts. Their evaluation forms the basis for the programme-oriented funding that is allocated to Helmholtz research. Within the six research fields, Helmholtz scientists cooperate with each other and with external partners – working across disciplinary, organizational and national borders.

Promoting young academics

Helmholtz scientists, a high-performance infrastructure and modern and efficient research management are the ingredients to the Helmholtz Association‘s success and global impact.
Promoting young researchers is a major priority for the Helmholtz Association. Its qualification schemes for young researchers are geared mainly towards PhD students, postdocs and young managers. The Helmholtz Association has set high standards for its talent management. Its strategy begins with targeted recruitment of highly qualified staff at all levels, followed by comprehensive support aimed at further developing their potential. Ensuring equal opportunities is an essential element in all talent management activities undertaken by the Helmholtz Association.

The Helmholtz Graduate Schools and Research Schools at almost all Helmholtz Centres provide doctoral students with the general and specific skills and training they need, as well as ample opportunity to network with other working groups. The period following a doctorate is decisive in determining the direction and success of a scientific career. For this reason, we are about to establish Career Centers for postdoctoral researchers in the Helmholtz centres and a mentoring programme for especially gifted PostDocs in order to foster career orientation. This equips young researchers with the skills they need to go on to head a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group, for example. As a Young Investigator Group leader, junior scientists can independently set up their own group to conduct research in their specialist field.

Within its talent management strategy, the Helmholtz Association pays special attention to the increased recruitment of talented female scientists both from Germany and abroad. To this end, there are currently two funding programs supporting this policy Funding of first-time appointments of excellent women scientists (W2/W3)’ and ‘Funding to recruit top-level international women scientists (W3)’.

The increasing complexity of the content, structures and framework conditions of scientific work today requires researchers to organise their projects, their employees and, of course, themselves in a highly professional and effective way. In response to these demands, we have set up the Helmholtz Management Academy to provide junior leaders in science with professional management training. Furthermore, the Helmholtz network provides a platform for the alumni of the Helmholtz Management Academy and Mentoring programme to come together and share their experiences of leadership, career development and lifelong learning.

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