PhD candidates in homogeneous, bio-inspired supramolecular catalysis

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: 31 Aug 2019

The Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is one of eight institutes of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Faculty of Science. HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. This is done in close cooperation with the chemical, flavour & food, medical and high-tech industries. Research is organised into four themes: Sustainable Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry and Molecular Photonics.

The group Homogeneous, Supramolecular and Bio-Inspired Catalysis ‘HomKat’ is headed by prof. Joost Reek, Prof. Bas de Bruin and Assoc.Prof. Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt. The group is part of the Sustainable Chemistry Research Priority theme at the UvA. The general aim of the group is the development of new catalysts for known and new important conversions, a challenge that we like to approach in a multidisciplinary fashion. Important issues that are involved in these catalytic conversions comprise of the atom-efficiency, the chemo-, regio-, and stereo-selectivity, and of course the activity and the stability of the catalyst. In addition to these aspects, we also investigate new solutions to the problem of homogeneous catalyst separation and recycling.

We have a 4-year PhD position available to develop new (radical-type) reactions to convert carboxylic acid substrates containing a C-Cl bond.   

Project description

In this project you will develop new (radical-type) reactions to convert carboxylic acid substrates containing a C-Cl bond. The aim of the project is to develop inexpensive and non-toxic catalysts to convert these substrates into value-added products. The project is in collaboration with an industrial partner, sponsored via the Advanced Research Center - Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC-CBBC).

  • You should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree,
  • the ability to collaborate and adapt in an international team is required and you must possess good communication skills in oral and written English.

Further information

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Position is available starting from 1 st September   2019, and we will recruit until both positions have been filled. You will be appointed full-time at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) on a temporary base for a maximum period of four years (18 months plus a further 30 months after a positive evaluation) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,325 in the first year to €2,975 in the final year, according to the Dutch salary scales for PhD candidates. This is excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities  is applicable.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

You may apply using the link below.
Please upload the following information in a single PDF file (not zipped):

  • cover letter/letter of motivation (at most 1 page), why did you choose to apply for this position;
  • curriculum vitae, including list of publications; working experience with months;
  • the names and contact details (email and telephone numbers) of two academic references.

The selection process commences immediately, but will close when a suitable candidate has been found, even if this prior to the final date of the application window. Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with. ​#LI-DNP     

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