Team Lead (m/f/d) Catalyst Development

Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH & Co. KG

📍 Hanau
📑 Permanent contract
⏱ Full time
📐 Engineering
💼 Entry
💼 Professional
💼 Lead


Metal Industry


  • We are looking for a highly motivated Team Lead for our Hydrogen R&D Teams. You will start your Heraeus journey in Germany and after approx. 12 months you will relocate to Shanghai to take over responsibility in their R&D Team.
  • As a key member of our team, your main responsibility will be to develop catalytically active materials for elec­tro­chemical applications.
  • You will have the opportunity to plan suitable synthesis methods and equip­ment for heterogeneous catalysts, as well as characterize and identify material requirements for electro­chemical applications and adjacent material processing. This includes investigating the impact of these materials on ink properties.
  • In this role, you will play a vital part in implementing analytical methods for material characterization and quality control. Additionally, you will design processes for fast scale-up and produc­tion transfer, ensuring smooth and efficient operations.
  • As a technical expert, you will assess and present the results of your research to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Your excellent planning and organiza­tional skills will be utilized as you take charge of planning, acquiring, and managing internal and external projects.
  • You will also be responsible for addres­sing application-oriented issues and optimizing processes in close collabora­tion with our production and customer teams.
  • Your expertise as an electro-catalyst specialist within HPM China will contribute to our team’s success.
  • Furthermore, as a leader within the projects, you will oversee and provide technical guidance to other team members. Your strong collaboration skills will be essential as you work closely with our global teams in Germany and the US.

Hard skills

  • Successfully passed studies in natural science or engineering and ideally a PhD
  • Experience in R&D in heterogenous catalysts, preferentially in electro­catalysts
  • Profound knowledge in precious metals, precious metals catalysis and analytical methods
  • Basic know-how in hydrogen electro­chemistry and application, e.g., PEM Fuel Cells and PEM electrolyzers
  • Well networked in the field of catalysis
  • Good skills in project and portfolio management
  • Chinese speaking (fluent or native) and advanced skills in English and MS Office
  • Working independently and proactively as well as with dedication
  • Willingness to relocate to China (Shanghai)


  • Exciting tasks – implement them with a high level of personal responsibility in an ambitious environment with very good opportunities for further development.
  • Shaping sustainability – be part of the implementation of our vision to become CO₂-neutral by 2025
  • Inclusive corporate culture – we firmly believe that diversity makes our organization more successful. We promote this, among other things, with specific targets, part-time / job-sharing management positions, and training courses.
  • Attractive compensation – in addition to a good pay package, you can expect extensive social benefits from a responsible family-owned company
  • And much more – mobile working, 30 vacation days or more, travel allowance for public transport, bicycle leasing …

About Heraeus

Solutions from the Heraeus Group provide faster internet, rid water of germs, and keep hearts beating in time. As a broadly diversified and globally leading family-owned technology company, we combine materials expertise and technological leadership to create the most diverse products, all with one thing in common: World-class quality.

About Heraeus Precious Metals

With more than 350 years of experience in precious metals processing, Heraeus Precious Metals is the world's leading provider of innovative products and services, such as precious metals trading and recycling. Our products are used in a wide range of industries, for example to reduce climate killers such as nitrous oxide and methane and in the form of pharmaceutical ingredients for the treatment of cancer.

Our innovative strength is driven by our 3,000 employees in more than 15 countries, who work passionately with our partners to develop pioneering and sustainable solutions.

We are aware of our responsibility towards people and the environment and have set ourselves ambitious CO₂ targets. Sustainability is at the heart of all our business activities.

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