Lab Automation Engineer / Facility Head (f/m/d)

The INM is looking for a

Lab Automation Engineer / Facility Head (f/m/d).

New technologies enable new ways of working, and materials science is no exception. INM wants to integrate automated processes and AI to accelerate and enrich the materials discovery cycle. We search for an expert in automated experimental workflows for combinatorial synthesis and/or high throughput testing.

Your Profile

  • Master’s degree in engineering or automation. Alternatively, PhD in materials sciences, chemistry, or biology with strong experience in lab automation.
  • Experience in leading projects related to workflow automation including statistical experimental design.
  • Proficiency in programming languages (e.g., Python, C++).
  • Hands-on experience with solid and liquid handling systems.
  • Experience in statistical data analysis.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple projects with internal and external partners.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams.

Your Tasks

  • Lead the INM Accelerated Research Facility, oversee the automated systems, including solid and liquid handling robots and analytical instruments.
  • Collaborate closely with INM research groups and support workflow automation and streamlining of laboratory processes.
  • Advice and train INM researchers about statistical experimental design.
  • Validate automated workflows to guarantee accuracy and reproducibility.
  • Design and implement data handling and analysis workflows integrating statistical analysis and artificial intelligence.
  • Foster external / industrial opportunities for joint lab automation projects.
  • Stay updated and implement emerging automation technologies, research trends, and best practices in the facility.

What we offer

  • A TV-L 100% contract according to your qualification level. The contract will initially be limited for 2 years with the opportunity for a permanent contract based on transparent performance criteria.
  • A dynamic, interdisciplinary, and international research environment with excellent, state-of-the-art infrastructure.
  • A cooperative environment, with plenty of opportunities to interact with other researchers, also outside the team and the institute.
  • The opportunity for training to support high-quality research and to further develop your profile.
  • An environment that welcomes participation and supports self-driven development.
  • The Leibniz network that stimulates creative and entrepreneurial personalities.


We look forward to your application! Please send us your CV, motivation letter and the names of two reference persons by October 15th, 2023 via e-mail (single pdf file < 5 MB) to

For more information on the institute, please see:

The INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken, Germany, is an internationally leading center for materials research, a scientific partner to national and international research institutions, and a provider of research and development for companies throughout the world. The INM is an institute of the Leibniz Association and has about 250 employees.The INM practices an open and appreciative corporate culture in which the existing diversity is promoted and lived. The institute is an equal opportunity employer with a certified family-friendly policy, and it provides offers for a better work-life balance, flextime, and mobile working. We promote professional opportunities for women and strongly encourage them to apply. Full time jobs can be generally divided. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualifications and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.