PhD position on benchtop NMR for reaction monitoring (LIKAT Rostock, Germany)

PhD position on the development and application of benchtop NMR spectroscopic tools for reaction monitoring
at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis Rostock (LIKAT Rostock), Germany
Closing date: 30 April 2024
The Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT Rostock) with approx. 300 employees and guests is one of the leading European research institutions in the field of catalysis. LIKAT is a competent partner for the research and development of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts as well as catalytic processes and technologies. LIKATs focus is on application-oriented basic research and applied research. Therefore, it cooperates with industrial companies and research institutes worldwide. LIKAT has strong connections and cooperations with the research groups of the natural sciences departments of the University of Rostock. Rostock is a small but vibrant city in the northeast of Germany directly at the Baltic Sea.
The research department "Modern Concepts in Molecular Catalysis" (Prof. Torsten Beweries) has an opening for a PhD position in the area of operando spectroscopy for homogeneous catalysis.
Your task:
You will focus on NMR spectroscopic investigations of homogeneous catalysts using a low field benchtop NMR device. You will learn how to optimise measurement parameters for NMR acquisition in flow mode and develop and optimise advanced pulse sequences to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio of your spectra. The new sequences will be applied for monitoring of selected homogeneous catalytic reactions such as hydrogenations, carboxylations and C-C coupling reactions. The foundations for this project were developed in an on-going doctoral thesis, currently focussed on the development and optimisation of advanced pulse sequences for monitoring fast catalytic reactions. For more information please see: Tadiello et al. Organometallics 2022, 41, 2833-2843.
Your competence:
Excellent knowledge of either German or English language is required. Experience in the field of NMR spectroscopy is mandatory. Additional basic knowledge of organometallic chemistry and catalyst synthesis would be desirable. The applicant should have a high degree of self-motivation and actively participate in problem solving across research topics in international interdisciplinary teams. Applicants should hold a university degree (state examination, diploma, master’s, or comparable degree) in chemistry or physics with preferably very good results. Applications from Applied Universities ("Fachhochschulen") can be also be considered.

Our offer:

We offer a challenging PhD position in an excellent, international environment at the LIKAT Rostock. The position is available from June 1, 2024 and limited to 3.5 years. Place of work is Rostock. The salary is based on public service rates of the German states (E13 TV-L, 66%). The project will be associated to the DFG Research Training Group "Spectroscopic tools for challenging reduction reactions" (RTG 2943, at LIKAT and the University of Rostock, starting in spring 2024. The candidate will thus benefit from RTG-related qualification and training measures. LIKAT supports professional equality of women and men and so applications from women are most welcome. In areas where women are underrepresented at LIKAT preference will be given to women with equal qualification. Disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.
Application prodedure:
Please, send your application (including cover letter, C.V., list of publications, copies of relevant examination certificates, transcripts of records and contact information of two referees) as an e-mail (in one pdf file with a max. size of 25 MB) by e-mail to torsten.beweries@catalysis.deuntil 30 April 2024. For topic related questions, please contact Prof. Torsten Beweries directly by mail or phone (+49(0)3811281104). Please note that application and travel costs cannot be reimbursed.


Prof. Dr. Torsten Beweries
Head of research department "Modern Concepts in Molecular Catalysis"
Leibniz Institute for Catalysis Rostock (LIKAT)
Albert-Einstein-Straße 29a
18059 Rostock
Phone: +49 381 1281-104


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