PhD position (m/f/d)

Young Researchers Mülheim an der Ruhr
Structural and Cell Biology Chemistry

Job Code: CW005

Job Offer from June 29, 2020

The Max Planck Research Group of Synergistic Organometallic Catalysis at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr in cooperation with the Ruhr University Bochum, is currently looking for a highly motivated doctoral candidate (m/f/d) with a solid background in synthetic organometallic chemistry and catalysis. The position is to be filled as soon as possible for the duration of 3 years.

The efficient and sustainable formation of C–C, C–N, C–O bonds, constitutes an ongoing challenge in organic chemistry. Transition-metal catalysts have revolutionized the way such bonds are created. This project aims to push the boundaries further and develop precise molecular control over the bond activation process. Our approach will rely on the synthesis and characterization of transition metal-based synergistic systems capable of using light as a promoter to activate and transform challenging bonds in a sustainable way.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree in chemistry or a related subject.
  • Candidates must show a solid background in organometallic chemistry, with an emphasis on synthetic aspects.
  • Experience in the handling of air-sensitive and thermally labile organometallic compounds is desired.
  • Experience with standard structural characterization techniques such as NMR, X-ray diffractometry, and mass spectrometry is required.
  • Experience with IR, UV-vis spectroscopy, GC, GC-MS, Photochemistry is an advantage.
  • Excellent English-language proficiency (verbal and written).
  • Self-motivated personality with an independent, target-oriented, and systematic working style. A high degree of creativity and flexibility, as well as excellent collaborative skills.

The successful candidate will be integrated into an interdisciplinary and international group jointly between the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and the Ruhr University Bochum.

The salary is in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists.

The Max Planck Society explicitly encourages applications from women and qualified people with disabilities.

Please send your application documents in a single PDF document, including 1) a cover letter 2) a curriculum vitae 3) copies of your degree certificates and 4) contact information of two references, to Dr. Werlé by e-mail ( , with the reference code “CW005 in the subject line) on or before August 15, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Dr. Christophe Werlé

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
Stiftstr. 34–36
45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr

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