Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPICEC)

PhD position - Synergistic Organometallic Catalysis

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPICEC)

Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany

PhD position (m/f/d)

The group of Synergistic Organometallic Catalysis at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr is currently looking for a highly motivated doctoral candidate with a solid background in synthetic organometallic chemistry and catalysis. The efficient and suistainable formation of C–C, C-N, C-O bonds, constitute an ongoing challenge in organic chemistry. Transition-metal catalysts have revolutionized the way such bonds are created. The popularity of these methods stems from the wide range of substrates and diversity of tolerated functional groups. This project aims to push the boundaries further and develop greener alternatives in an atom economic way. Our approach will rely on the elaboration, design, and development of synergistic catalytic systems conceived around the syn-thetic goal of activating challenging bonds and catalysing difficult transformations not possible with classical systems.

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 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 other techniques such as IR, UV-vis spectroscopy, GC, GC-MS and elemental analysis is an advantage.
  • Self-motivated personality with independent, target-oriented, and systematic working style. A High degree of creativity and flexibility as well as good collaborative skills.
  • Excellent English-language proficiency (verbal and written).

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 position is available starting as soon as possible. The salary is based on the Collective Agreement for German Public Service (TVöD-Bund).
The Max Planck Society explicitly encourages applications from women and qualified people with disabilities.

Please send your application documents, including a cover letter with 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 “CW003” in the subject line) on or before January 31, 2020.

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 - Synergistic Organometallic Catalysis