The University of Kassel is a modern and growing University with round about 23.000 students. The university’s wide range of expertise covers subjects in the natural, applied, cultural and social sciences.

The Center for Resource Management and Solid Waste Engineering (Prof. Dr. David Laner) at the Institute for Water, Waste and Environment (IWAU) in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Kassel invites applicants for the following position

Research Associate (m/f/d), EG 13 TV-H, fixed-term, fulltime (currently 40 hours per week)




as soon as possible

Kennziffer: 36579

This is a full-time postdoctoral position with a fixed term-contract with initial employment of 3 years, an extension to 6 years in total is subject to a positive assessment with the goal of academic qualification (habilitation or equivalent).

The work at Center for Resource Management and Solid Waste Engineering (RMAT) focuses on the development of resource-efficient and environmentally sound solutions for the circular economy. At the center, both experimental methods of waste characterization and processing as well as system analysis tools for the optimization of material and energy flows, such as material flow analysis (MFA) or life cycle assessment (LCA), are applied and further developed. As a researcher at RMAT, you will be part of a nationally and internationally well connected and productive research team whose profile in research and teaching will be complemented and further strengthened through your collaboration.


  • Contribute to research and teaching at the Center for Resource Management and Solid Waste Engineering.
  • Get involved in ongoing research activities at the center in the field of investigation and assessment of waste management processes and systems, such as circular economy concepts for plastics from different sectors, optimization of recycling of residues from thermal waste treatment, development of innovative biowaste valorization pathways, recycling of waste from the construction and infrastructure sector, or development of methods to assess the material efficiency and environmental impact of waste-resource systems
  • Develop an independent line of research consistent with the center’s research priorities and acquire third-party-funding to establish a research team
  • Publication of research results in high-ranked international peer-reviewed journals
  • Developing and conducting courses in the environmental engineering program at the University of Kassel
  • Co-supervision of PhD students as well as supervision of bachelor and master students


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in environmental engineering, environmental technology, environmental science, industrial ecology or a related field and Doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in resource management and/or solid waste engineering. The degrees must be acquired no later than the date of hire
  • Publications in relevant international peer-reviewed journals in the field of circular economy, resource management and waste management
  • Very good skills in English

Beneficial additional qualifications:

  • A high degree of organizational and team skills
  • Good written and spoken German

Applicants are requested to submit a single PDF file with a detailed curriculum vitae, a publication list, a

statement of your research interests (1-2 pages), and the names and contact information of two potential

referees. The application documents must be submitted in English using the University of Kassel’s application


For further information please contact Prof. Dr. David Laner, e-mail: david.laner(at)uni-kassel.de, phone: +49 561 804 3983.

Our Offer:

As an employee of the University of Kassel

  • you will be offered an interesting and diverse range of tasks within the framework of a modern and ambitious university,
  • you will be part of an interdisciplinary team with a good and collegial working atmosphere,
  • you will have the opportunity to participate in professional and interdisciplinary further education measures,
  • your workplace is centrally located in the city of Kassel with good public transport connections, which you can currently use for free.

In addition, you will benefit from the advantages of employment in the public service such as:

  • an additional company pension (VBL),
  • an optional child supplement in accordance with TV-Hessen, a family-friendly university (including childcare for emergencies),
  • an annual bonus
  • an entitlement to capital-accumulation benefits,
  • a promotion of voluntary commitment,
  • low-cost participation in university sports and a full range of fitness activities as part of Unifit, as well as workplace health management

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Please send your application with the usual informative documents, stating the reference number in the subject line, via the online form. We have compiled further information for you in our FAQ.

In exceptional cases, we will also accept your application documents in paper form addressed to: The President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel, Germany, or via mail to bewerbungen[at]uni-kassel.de, stating the reference number.

In the case of postal applications, please submit only copies of your documents (no folders), as these cannot be returned. All documents will be destroyed after completion of the selection process in compliance with data protection regulations.

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The University of Kassel is very interested in the professional satisfaction of its employees. It is distinguished as a family-friendly university and, in the interests of equal opportunities, strives to offer everyone the same opportunities for development and to counteract existing disadvantages. It promotes the Family Welcome Service and also the Dual Career Service for positions that are scientifically and academically filled. One of the strategic goals of the University of Kassel is to significantly increase the proportion of women in research and teaching. Applications from women are therefore particularly welcome. Seriously handicapped and equivalent applicants are given preference if they have the same suitability, qualifications and professional performance. Full-time positions are generally divisible (except when filling civil servant positions). Applications indicating the Position Number, which may be in digital form, should be sent to the President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel, Germany quoting the applicable reference number.

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