Early Stage Researcher/PhD Position (m/f/d)

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The department of Plasma Biotechnology invites applications for a position in Greifswald, Germany, starting on September 1st 2021 as

Early Stage Researcher/PhD Position (m/f/d)



Fixed term contract for 3 years/Full-time appointment (40 hours/week)/Target salary: TV-L/E 13

The Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP) is a member of TRANSIT – an EU-funded project in which 13 academic and non-academic organizations from eight European countries cooperate in training young scientist and optimizing sustainable food processing techniques.

As one of the largest and most modern institutions in the field of low‑temperature plasmas worldwide, the INP will offer an international working environment for societal relevant research within our core areas Materials & Energy and Environment & Health. You will cooperate with other partners working on high hydrostatic pressure-HHP, ultrasound-US and Pulsed Electric Field-PEF technology within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie training mission coordinated by Wageningen University & Research.


As the project is funded within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), researchers can be of any nationality but need to demonstrate transnational mobility. To be eligible applicants must satisfy the requirements that apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers, therefore on the date of appointment (their start date) applicants:

  • must not have more than 4 years of research experience
  • must not hold a PhD
  • must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work or study) in the country where the post is based for more than 12 months in the previous 36 months
  • must be available to apply for a PhD at the University of Reading in September 2021 and must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract
  • must (soon) be in possession of their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree to enrol in the graduate school of the University of Reading


  • Plasma and gas phase diagnostics, especially FTIR-spectroscopy
  • Simulation and analysis of spectral data
  • Attendance at summer schools and workshops
  • Participation in scheduled secondments at the Wageningen University & Research and at our industry partners (Unilever, Euroma, Nestlé)
  • Project Management
  • Successful completion of PhD degree


  • Successfully completed Master’s degree in physics, chemistry, physical or bio chemistry or food science
  • Familiarity and affinity with spectroscopy, especially Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), excellent skills in the analysis and numerical simulation of molecular spectroscopic data, outstanding experimental skills. Previous experience in report writing will be considered an asset
  • Very good computer skills are mandatory
  • Networking and communication skills: you should have a goal-oriented and well-organized personality, you should have the capability to learn rapidly and sustainably
  • Advanced level of English, i.e., 95 TOEFL iBT (a writing score of at least 24), 6.5 IELTS (a minimum of 6.0 in each element), or Advanced Cambridge (a pass at a Grade C)
  • Knowledge of German language is beneficial
  • Good communications and presentation skills


  • A research project with high value: You will perform optical spectroscopy with a focus on Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy on plasma sources in different stages of upscaling to gain an understanding of the underlying mechanism of the microbial inactivation process
  • Team and location: A creative working environment at the INP with state-of-the-art facilities. Basic and applied Research and Development is of high value to the institute with 200 scientists and staff. The INP offers a young and dynamic working environment for a highly educated personal development and the supervision of the PhD thesis by a supervising committee
  • A full-time position for 3 years
  • A fully financed research project (Compensation according to rules of MSCA ETN)
  • Further, the INP offers the supports of international students through an extensive orientation within the institute as well as in Greifswald, and an in-house German course free of charge, opportunities for professional development (e.g. project management, scientific writing, writing project proposals), networking opportunities at national and international conferences and in cooperation with national and international industry partners, opportunities for external training, possibility of designing and implementing own project ideas, flexible working hours and home-office offers, a family office, 30 vacation days per year (plus: December 24 and 31), sports courses in our institute rooms, a staff kitchen


  • Applicants will be reviewed without regard to sex, race or nationality. Applications from female scientists, engineers and ethnic minorities are particularly encouraged
  • Applicants must fulfil the EC eligibility criteria set by the European Commission (see above)
  • Important: to apply, send a 1-2 page CV (please specify your residence/workplace in the last 3 years), 1-page motivation letter (please mention the PROJECT TITLE and briefly address each skill as listed above, and address your research interest in relation to the research project), university transcripts (grades)
  • All other formats and document content (e.g., longer CVs) will NOT BE CONSIDERED for the application process
  • By sending your CV, motivation letter and University transcripts, you agree that this information – while kept strictly confidential – will be processed and stored by the INP for the time span of the recruitment process
  • Include the names and contact information of up to two referees in your application; if possible add letters
  • Selection will be made through structured skill-based review evaluation from CV, motivation letter and grades. After selection for the shortlist, an (online) interview conducted by at least two people (if possible from the TRANSIT network) will follow. Additional information may be requested for the (online) interview
  • As there are multiple positions available in TRANSIT (transit-itn.com), applicants are advised to indicate whether they have applied to or plan to apply to other positions in this consortium


Send us your full application including name of the position and name of the project with the keyword “0414 Early Stage Researcher”- preferably via our online application form - untilJune 20th 2021.

Your performance and personality matters regardless of your age, origin, gender, sexual identity, disability or ideology. We look forward to receiving your applications!

The INP wants equal participation of men and women, especially in science. There are many good reasons why it is worthwhile to promote the potential of women specifically. Qualified women candidates are explicitly called to apply. Handicapped applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualification.

For further information and inquiries, please contact Dr. Jörg Ehlbeck (ehlbeck(at)inp-greifswald.de ).

Please send your applications to*:

Leibniz-Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP)

Mrs. Gabriele Lembke

Human Resources Department

Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2

17489 Greifswald


* Unfortunately, we cannot refund any of your expenses for applications and job interviews due to budgetary regulations.


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