Postdoc position in Catalysis

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A 2-year postdoctoral fellowship is available in catalysis at the Department of Chemistry, DTU from August 1, 2017 or soon thereafter. The fellowship is partially funded by the Torkil Holm Foundation and the project will be carried out under the supervision of Professor Robert Madsen.

Responsibilities and tasks
The candidate will be involved in a new project in the group where the aim is to develop metal catalysts for removing hydrogen gas from alcohols. This generates the corresponding carbonyl compounds which can undergo subsequent reactions in the same transformation such as aldol condensations and conversion into carboxylic acids and esters. These dehydrogenative transformations with alcohols have gained significant attention for more than a decade, but the present catalysts are mainly based on expensive platinum group metals. However, for broader applications cheaper and more widely available metal catalysts will have to be developed. Therefore, the project will examine non-precious transition metal salts and complexes which have shown promising results for liberating hydrogen gas from alcohols. The substrate scope of the new catalysts will be studied and the mechanism investigated. The most effective catalysts will be applied for valorization of inexpensive substrates from biomass.


The successful candidate should have

  • a strong theoretical and experimental background (PhD degree or equivalent) in organic synthesis
  • experience with metal-catalyzed reactions
  • independent problem-solving skills
  • excellent collaboration and communications skills
We offer

We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is two years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Robert Madsen, DTU Chemistry, +45 4525 2151, e-mail: .

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 16 May 2017.

Applications must be submitted as

one pdf file

containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill in the online application form, and attach

all your materials in English in one pdf file

. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Diploma

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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