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Strategic consultant/scientific consultant (m/f/d)

Reference no.: HI 2024/8


  • Would you like to work at an institute in an international research centre that is working on the climate-friendly energy supply of the future?
  • Would you like to be the interface between science and organisation, advising on administrative processes?
  • Do you enjoy being the first point of contact for our staff, cooperation partners and guests from all over the world?
  • Are you an organisational talent and do you know how to make processes run smoothly?

Then you’ve come to the right place! The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is founding the new Helmholtz Institute for Polymers in Energy Applications Jena (HIPOLE Jena) together with the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.

As a Strategic Consultant (m/f/d) with a basic understanding of chemistry and technology/science, you will be an important part of our international team. As personal assistant to the founding director of our newly established institute HIPOLE Jena, you will support the planning and implementation of management tasks, prepare and follow up on appointments and prepare corresponding presentations in English and German. You will support the strategic orientation and further development of our research mission and take on conceptual and coordinating tasks in the scientific field of HIPOLE Jena. You can expect a varied job in a family-friendly working environment – we look forward to meeting you!

Your Tasks

  • supporting the founding director and the management team in the planning and implementation of strategic management tasks.
  • preparing and following up on appointments & presentations and being familiar with scientific research/work.
  • strategic support and further development of the research mission.
  • conceptualising and coordinating tasks in the five research areas.
  • coordinating external enquiries and being a contact point for external partners and collaborations in industry and politics.
  • creating presentations, texts, templates and scientific communication.

Your Qualifications

  • A scientific university degree (Diplom/Master/Magister or comparable), preferably at a university in the natural sciences (chemistry, physics, materials science, …), preferably with a doctorate
  • Professional experience as a scientist is desired – ideally in the field of polymer materials or energy storage; at universities, administration or industry
  • Extensive knowledge of the scientific system as well as networking and relationship management in the (science) policy arena
  • Ideally project management experience
  • Strong strategic and analytical thinking and very good presentation skills
  • Very good PC skills (MS Office, Internet, databases), possibly SAP
  • An independent way of working and a friendly, engaging manner with strong organisational and coordination skills
  • Enjoy working with people with an international background in a diverse and dynamic working environment
  • A high degree of independence and personal responsibility
  • Strong language skills with very good written and spoken German and English skills

Your Benefits at HZB

  • An international and diversity-sensitive working environment in one of the 18 Helmholtz Centres with a workplace in Jena
  • Work in the research environment of the science location Jena
  • The opportunity to contribute to the development of renewable energies, energy storage and the latest technologies for a climate-friendly future together with researchers from all over the world
  • A secure, crisis-proof job
  • A good work-life balance
  • Flexible working hours through flexitime
  • 39 hours/week, part-time possible by arrangement
  • 30 days holiday
  • Extensive advisory services on family and career
  • Health management and company sports programmes
  • Subsidy for public transport (Deutschlandticket Job)
  • Further training opportunities
  • A company pension plan (VBL)

The employment contract is unlimited. The salary is based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service (TVöD-Bund).

How to apply

We look forward to receiving your application via our application management system by 07.07.2024. For reasons of data protection regulations, we are unfortunately unable to consider applications that reach us by other means (such as email or mail) in the application process.

We very much want our workplace to be diverse, and welcome applications from people with different backgrounds. It is our mission to promote equal opportunities and to improve women’s representation in the workforce. We are therefore very interested in receiving applications from women. Where the qualifications are met, we will give preference to people with disabilities.