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Natural Scientist / Economist - Focus on data-based business model development


The Corporate Development division (UE) forms a central interface between the Institutes, the Board of Directors and the Research Centre`s Administration. Research planning, the supervision of international collaborations and the promotion of young scientists are essential services for research. Other tasks include resource management, strategy development, innovation management and the management of the research centre`s EU affairs. By combining innovation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurship education and transfer marketing and the resulting synergy effects, we aim to create the basis for an emerging culture of innovation at Forschungszentrum Jülich and thus strengthen the impact of Jülich research in science, industry and society. As a service unit, Innovation Management supports and assists with various issues relating to innovation and knowledge and technology transfer in all its facets.

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Your Job:

You will be mainly responsible for the management of innovation and transfer projects as well as the identification of promising data models, technologies and innovation potential for licensing, spin-offs or cooperations for business and society. Your tasks in this exciting job in detail:

  • You develop data- and technology-driven business models, carry out market and technology assessments and competitive analyses
  • You carry out business development activities for selected data models, technologies or start-up projects
  • You support spin-offs from the research centre in creating viable business plans
  • You identify suitable partners from industry and science, establish initial contact and create technology offers
  • You will also develop and implement innovation methods and tools as well as formats to revitalise a corporate culture that stimulates entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Advising the scientific institutes on issues relating to technology transfer, business start-ups and IP licensing round off your portfolio

Your Profile:

  • A successfully completed Master`s degree in the field of natural sciences, engineering, economics or innovation management
  • A doctorate is an advantage, but not mandatory
  • You have experience in market-oriented management of innovation projects, especially in the areas of business model development, market and technology evaluation and competition analysis
  • You are used to working conceptually and independently and have a keen interest in familiarising yourself with complex topics
  • Ideally, you already have good knowledge of academic innovation, science or licence management as well as industry knowledge in the life sciences, information technology or energy sectors
  • You have strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as a professional and pragmatic demeanour towards internal and external partners
  • Your strong analytical and strategic thinking skills help you to maintain an overview even in challenging situations and to focus on the essentials
  • You enjoy working in an interdisciplinary, science-orientated environment at the interface between science, administration and society
  • Fluent German and English skills

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • International and interdisciplinary working environment
  • Varied tasks at the interface between science, administration, business and politics
  • Attractive flexitime organisation and a wide range of options for balancing work and family life

  • Structured induction and further development of your personal and professional strengths as part of a corporate development trainee programme:
  • We support you right from the start: We make it easier for new colleagues to get started with our Welcome Days and our Welcome Guide, among other things:
  • Comprehensive company health management and various sports programmes (including a beach volleyball court, running groups, yoga classes and much more)
  • Flexible work (location) arrangements, e.g. remote work
  • 30 days of annual leave and provision for days off between public holidays and weekends (e.g. between Christmas and New Year)
  • Capital-forming benefits and an employee pension scheme
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

In addition to exciting tasks and a collaborative working atmosphere at Jülich, we have a lot more to offer:

The position is initially for a fixed term of 2 years, with possible long-term prospects. Salary and social benefits will conform to the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund), pay group 13, depending on the applicant’s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks assigned to them.

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

We look forward to receiving your application. The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible.

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Last Modified: 04.07.2024