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The Functional Coordination Chemistry Laboratory (Bezdek Group) in the Chemistry and Applied Biosciences Department of ETH Zurich has fully-funded PhD positions.
Our new group will apply the approaches of inorganic/organometallic synthesis to access molecules and materials with responsive and catalytic function. The targeted chemistry spans transition metal/main group complexes, organometallics, metallopolymers and carbon nanomaterials. While synthetic inorganic/organometallic chemistry lies at the heart of our efforts and will enable the construction of new molecules, the characterization tools of spectroscopy, crystallography, electrochemistry and magnetometry will be applied to understand the structure, bonding, magnetism and thermochemical properties of the metal complexes and macromolecules synthesized. Ultimately, we are interested in leveraging fundamental insights to design tailored functional materials. In doing so, we aim to develop catalysts relevant to energy management schemes as well as new-generation stimuli-responsive materials.
The research of the doctorate positions will concern the synthesis, characterization and application of metal complexes, coordination polymers and small molecule/macromolecule hybrids. The foci are to:
The PhD positions are fully funded for four years (extendable) with a competitive salary according to ETH standards . The starting date is as soon as January 1, 2022 or upon mutual agreement.
We are looking for someone with an M.Sc. degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Materials Science or related area and a background in synthetic chemistry. Previous experience in air- and moisture-free manipulations (ie. Schlenk technique, glovebox operations) and in the characterization of metal complexes, organometallics and/or carbon nanomaterials are an advantage but not essential.
Above all, we are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic scientists who thrive in collaborative working environments, who enjoy taking on new challenges, learning new skills, critical thinking and problem solving. You must be able to fluently communicate in English (oral and written) and be willing to work as part of a highly interactive, international and diverse team.
ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich
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