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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

I: Membrane Technology Positions

For detailed job description and instructions how to apply please consult pdf document. Please note that incomplete and unsuitable applications will not be considered

     PhD Positions

     Master Positions

     Other Positions

 

II: How to apply for PhD Positions

PhDs are recruited on a continuous basis and as such applications of well suited candidates are welcome. Experience with membrane technologies is highly desired. Random applications of ill-suited candidates are not considered. The recruitment process followed is:

  • CV with reference contact details, motivation letter & transcripts are received for screening together with intended funding avenue (scholarships to be applied for, DAAD being one of the most prestigious awards (CSC for Chinese PhD candidates))
  • If deemed potentially suitable a research proposal (max 10 pages) is requested on the PhD topic of choice which details research questions, state of the art literature, time plan and required materials/budget. How this proposal preparation is approached is an integral part of candidate selection.
  • Following positive assessment of the research proposal candidates may be invited for skype or personal interview and references are requested
  • Decision is made based on qualification and funding availability. Candidates able to secure their own funding will be accepted if deemed appointable at this stage
  • All PhD candidates undergo a yearly progress review

Please note that the employment of a researcher (salary) and enrolment as a PhD candidate in the Faculty are independent. Normally a first appointment is for a period of one year which can be continued with a 3 year PhD contract or further yearly appointments. The typical duration of a PhD is 3-4 years. Completion time and success depend on the candidate’s performance and hence cannot be guaranteed beforehand. All PhD candidates enrolled in the Faculty are required to contribute to teaching. PhD supervision in the Membrane Technology Department is very structured with fortnightly progress reports and group meeting presentations. Highly motivated, independent and hard working PhD candidates will make a rewarding transition to independent researcher and receive a lot of career development opportunities for a leading role in academia or industrial R&D. Research periods abroad are strongly encouraged.

     Relevant Links

     Karlsruhe House of the Young Scientist (KHYS)

     German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD

     China Scholarship Council (CSC

     Faculty of Chemical & Process Engineering PhD Registration Procedure

     KIT International Scholars & Welcome Office (IScO

 

III: How to apply for Postdoc positions

Postdocs are recruited only in exceptional circumstances and while applications of well suited candidates are welcome, postdocs are expected to be able to secure their own funding and write exciting research proposals. Experience with membrane technologies is absolutely necessary. Random applications of ill-suited candidates are not considered. The recruitment process followed is:

  • CV with reference contact details, motivation letter, publication list, PhD certificate & transcripts are received for screening together with intended funding avenue (scholarships to be applied for, Humboldt, Marie Curie (EU), Starting Grants (ERC) and Emmy Nöther (DFG) being some of most prestigious awards)
  • If deemed potentially suitable a research proposal (max 10 pages) is requested on the chosen research topic of choice which details research questions, state of the art literature, time plan and required materials/budget. How this proposal preparation is approached is an integral part of postdoc selection.
  • Following positive assessment of the research proposal candidates may be invited for skype or personal interview and subsequently references are requested
  • Decision is made based on qualification and funding availability. Candidates able to secure their own funding will be accepted if deemed appointable at this stage and the required host letters supplied

     Relevant Links

     Karlsruhe House of the Young Scientist (KHYS

     Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 

     European Research Council (ERC

     Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Emmy Noether Programme

     Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

     KIT International Scholars & Welcome Office (IScO

     Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF

Please note that these schemes are extremely competitive and hence very high quality proposals are essential. Searching for less well known schemes may be a very good strategy.

 

IV: Internships and Sabbaticals

We are delighted to host a select number of interns and sabbatical visitors. Besides scientific qualifications we require a minimum stay of 6 months due to the required administrative effort. To request a visit, personal contact with a convincing proposal is advised. Depending if undergraduate, PhD or professonial level the necessary information and proposed research activity should be supplied. For visiting PhD students written agreement from the PhD supervisor must accompany the application and collaboration with the home university is very welcome.

Please note that we do not pay financial assistance for interns, external masters or sabbaticals but will be willing to write host support letters and cover experimental costs & access to research facilities provided the proposed research activity is of mutual benefit.

 

V: Skilled Scientific Writers

Being a productive experimental research group, there are always opportunities for skilled scientific writers with the required technical expertise to assist with the writing of research papers. Proposals are welcome by writers with evidenced gift in reading and writing.