Otto Hahn Group

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim an der Ruhr


Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD students (f/m) for Otto Hahn Group

Job Offer from January 10, 2017

The Otto Hahn Group „Catalyst Controlled Selective Transformations and Ligand Design“ of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion offers two positions as PhD student (f/m) at the Organic Chemistry Institute of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. The positions are to be filled as soon as possible and have a fixed term until the 31.12.2019.

In light of the growing requirements with respect to the efficiency of chemical syntheses, it is desirable to enable highly selective catalytic processes with complex, unmodified substrates, thereby obviating the need for using protective groups or to introduce activating/directing groups.

The Otto Hahn Group „Catalyst Controlled Selective Transformations and Ligand Design“ studies the design of ligands or reagents to enable reactions with a large potential for application in efficient organic syntheses that can currently not be induced and controlled in a satisfactory manner.

Your qualifications

  • a University degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) with a focus on organic chemistry. In particular, a broad background knowledge in the areas of synthesis, catalysis, and ligand design is desirable
  • experience with the required experimental techniques (working under protective gas, use of the standard purification techniques, etc.), as well as with the usual analytical methods (NMR-spectroscopy, mass-spectrometry, etc.)
  • excellent command of the English language (spoken and written)
  • good EDP skills (MS Office, ChemDraw)
  • a high intrinsic motivation to conduct academic research

We offer

  • the chance to conduct doctoral studies in a young, friendly and highly motivated team
  • a modern and well equipped working environment at the Organic Chemistry Institute in Münster
  • the possibility to work on timely and challenging research projects

Salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing disabled individuals and encourages them to apply. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society strives to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are currently underrepresented. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply.

Your application

Applicants are requested to submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Copies of their Bachelor und Master certificates including the transcripts of records
  • Contact details for two suitable referees

Informal inquiries are welcomed. Please submit your applications until the 14th of February 2017. Applications should be sent to

Organisch-Chemisches Institut
z. Hd. Dr. Manuel van Gemmeren
Correntstraße 40
48149 Münster


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