An insight into the working world of Dr. Juliane Jungk: Before the chemist kicked off her career at Freudenberg Technology Innovation, she had dedicated the first years of her professional life to rubber. A perfect springboard from which to expand and apply her knowhow at Freudenberg. Today, as Head of Methods Development, she has a key managerial role and develops new test methods for Freudenberg Group products. Jungk hopes to use her own experience to inspire more women to take up a technical profession.
Chemistry is clearly her passion. So it comes as no surprise that Jungk followed up her degree in physical chemistry in Hannover, Germany, with a doctorate. She had a keen interest in rubber as a material. First of all, however, she broadened her knowledge at the German Institute for Rubber Technology before spending six years at a German automotive supplier where she was responsible for truck and bus tire materials development. The path that led to Freudenberg Technology Innovation (FTI) was set when Jungk’s employer launched a joint project with a Freudenberg Business Group. Her knowhow made a convincing case, and she finally moved to FTI in 2016. “The project was about natural rubber and silica. Having initially led the project for my previous employer, I continued with it for Freudenberg. It helped me take a more holistic view,” Jungk recalls.