City:  Oberhausen
Date:  May 31, 2024

Student assistant for the operation of laboratory plants for resource recovery from wastewater

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.


We are developing processes for a more sustainable world and rethinking wastewater treatment. In the DARE2CYCLE project, residues from biogas plants are used as a resource for growing vegetables or producing microbial proteins. To this end, membrane-based technologies are operated and investigated on a laboratory and pilot scale. With your work, together with other researchers, you can contribute to the gradual optimization of the plants in the future.


What you will do

  • Maintenance and operation of laboratory equipment are part of your everyday work

  • Assisting with and carrying out experiments and sample analyses (e.g. using cuvette tests, titration or UV-Vis) for process characterization

  • Researching and evaluating literature data 

  • You will specialize in the operation of bioreactors on a laboratory scale


What you bring to the table

  • Studies in the field of process engineering, environmental engineering, biology or similar 

  • Interest in the field of water and/or wastewater treatment

  • Ideally initial laboratory experience

  • Good knowledge of German or English and a class B driver's license

  • Interest in long-term employment 


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


This position is limited to 12 months. The weekly working time is 8 hours. 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:


Melisa Öz
Phone: +49 15781739043

Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT 


Requisition Number: 73549               


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