Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPICEC)

PhD position (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPICEC)

Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany

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 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.

This Ph.D. project aims to design and develop synergistic transition-metal based catalytic systems capable of using green energy as a promotor to activate small molecules relevant in energy research. The candidate will synthesize and study new molecular complexes that are predicted to activate thermodynamically stable building-blocks for the efficient and sustainable formation of C–C, C-N, C-O bonds. Another important facet of the project will be the direct investigation of reactive intermediates that are the keys to understanding bond making and breaking reactions allowing for further optimization of the catalytic cycles.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree in chemistry or a related subject.
  • Candidates must show solid background in fundamental organometallic chemistry, with 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 a cover letter with a description of intent, curriculum vitae, copies of your degree certificates, and contact information of two references, to Dr. Werlé by e-mail (, with the reference code “CW004” in the subject line) on or before May 31, 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, Germany

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PhD position (m/f/d)