City:  Oberhausen
Date:  Apr 7, 2024

Master Thesis »Development of bio-based Materials«

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 800 employees work with an annual research budget of 3.0 billion euros. 

As one of 76 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft we show how to not only master crises, but grow from them. Pushing boundaries. Always trying something new. Not just thinking, but thinking ahead. We turn research into the future.

We want an earth that is worth living on. With our applied research on Circular Economy, Carbon Management, Green Hydrogen and Local Energy Systems, we make concrete contributions to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Our employees conduct research in the fields of energy, environment, safety, health, communication and mobility.

Are you looking for an exciting topic for your Master's Thesis in the field of bio-based materials development? Send us your application and take the chance to become part of our renowned research institute and work together with our scientists on your own research question. We regularly offer application-oriented questions from current research and cooperation projects. You can find further information on our topics and projects on this website.


What you will do

Exciting tasks that you can typically expect:

  • Research and test planning/material selection
  • Realization of laboratory and pilot plant scale tests (compounding, foil extrusion)
  • Production and characterization of test samples (thermal analysis, mechanical and rheological tests)
  • Evaluation and assessment of the test results
  • Documentation in the form of the thesis


What you bring to the table

  • You are studying engineering or material sciences
  • You have already made first experiences in the field of processing and/or characterization of (bio-based) plastics
  • You are characterized by your reliable and structured way of working
  • You like to work on your own responsibility as well as in a team and you bring along a high degree of creativity
  • You have a good knowledge of German and/or English


What you can expect

  • As part of a dynamic team, you actively drive sustainable solutions for a resource-efficient future
  • Opportunity to combine your knowledge from your studies with practical experience at the interface between business and science and to integrate your own ideas
  • New Work, diversity and cooperative interaction are important components of our strategic orientation
  • Flexible working hours - we know that your studies come first 
  • Flexible work locations that fit your studies - mobile work and on-site work are combined as needed
  • Intense support for the preparation of your final thesis
  • Health and mindfulness programs for good balance
  • You can find even more attractive benefits here: Fraunhofer UMSICHT as employer


The position is limited to 6 months. We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. Remuneration according to the general works agreement for employing assistant staff.

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding this position:
Christina Eloo
Phone: +49 208 8598 1179

Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT 


Requisition Number: 64108      


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