two positions as Independent Research Group Leader (f/m/d) in Battery Science or Battery Engineering

Universität Bayreuth
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The Bavarian Center for Battery Technology (BayBatt) at the University of Bayreuth offers


two positions as Independent
Research Group Leader (f/m/d)

in Battery Science or Battery Engineering (open topic)


to commence as soon as possible. BayBatt is a central scientific institute of the University of Bayreuth. The State of Bavaria strongly supports BayBatt within its Hightech Agenda and further highly ranked research grants of the German government have already been awarded. Eleven new full professorships on batteries in addition to established battery research groups are to be filled within 2 years.

BayBatt combines the interdisciplinary battery-specific expertise of the University of Bayreuth all the way from physics and chemistry to materials science, engineering, computer science, and finally to economics. The research focuses on safe high-performance materials, interface phenomena and transport processes, smart batteries, interconnected storage systems and sustainability, and covers all size scales of battery research from the atomistic structure to particles, cell components and cells, battery modules and battery systems, right through to the higher-level energy system.


Team BayBatt is looking for two highly motivated scholars (f/m/d) with an original research project that he/she wants to address in the field of batteries. A strong background in battery science or battery engineering is expected in order to lead the independent research groups.


What we offer:

  • A position for six years (pay grade A13 Z, details on request, full time).
  • (Co-)Funding for a doctoral student for six years.
  • An annual research budget.
  • Access to central key-labs with a broad repertoire of state-of-the-art analytics. 
  • A stimulating scientific environment to develop a career in battery science or engineering.
  • A supportive, interdisciplinary, and international team in an exciting research field with plenty of creativity. 
  • A family-friendly working environment with flexible working hours and opportunities for professional and personal development.
  • Additional support by BayBatt for hosting of guests or instrumentation.
  • Possibility to join qualification programs of the University of Bayreuth.


Tasks as a Research Group Leader:

  • Develop a cutting-edge research agenda within BayBatt based on your research proposal. 
  • Build and manage an independent research group.
  • Establish cooperation within and outside BayBatt. 
  • Leave a footprint in the international battery research community.


Candidate requirements:

  • Ph. D. – with excellent results.
  • Experience in battery research.
  • Early career researchers with max. up to 5 years after finishing their PhD. Postdoc experience and experience in supervising students is helpful.


The University of Bayreuth sees the diversity of its staff as an essential asset and is highly committed to the goal of gender equality. Female scholars and any persons who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more divers are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the best practice club Family at University. In addition, an extended audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) returned a favorable review for the University of Bayreuth’s commitment to internationalization. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities will be given priority.


Application Documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV outlining education and academic career
  3. List of publications, highlighting your publications related to batteries as well as your top three publications.
  4. Copies of all diplomas and certificates 
  5. Names of two reference persons 
  6. Research proposal (max. 3 pages) related to BayBatt, including expected results and expected benefit for BayBatt.


Please apply online by 27.06.2021, with the subject line "Group Leader BayBatt" via the University of Bayreuth's application platform. The documents will be deleted in accordance with data protection requirements once the position has been filled.


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Matthias Daab (, Tel. +49 921-55-7030).


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