PhD Student in Organic and Supramolecular Chemistry

University of Zurich


Department of Chemistry

PhD Student Position in Organic and Supramolecular Chemistry
60 %

A PhD Student position is available in the research group of Dr. Michel Rickhaus.

We are a fresh research team with a vision to do innovative chemistry, combining the versatility of organic synthesis with the power of self-assembly. We strive to enable our students to deliver cutting-edge science while nurturing personality and team-play. Our team is international, made up of highly diverse backgrounds, experiences and personalities. What we don't know yet, we learn. What we can't learn, we create. Please find further information on us on our group's website.

Ready to put on the white coat? We are looking for a talented candidate, who shares our passion for great science and a delightful sense of humor.

Your responsibilities

In this project, you will develop hyperbolic π-surfaces that precisely stack to give unprecedented types of molecular wires. You will drive the project to develop the synthesis of molecular, organic systems and the validate their assembly in solution and in the solid-state. You will gain proficiency in molecular design, multistep synthesis, spectroscopic analysis and physical-organic investigations. You will also have the opportunity to train and supervise junior group members.

Your profile

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD Student with strong skills in organic synthesis of aromatic systems and a flair for non-covalent interactions. You convince with your hands-on attitude, agility, ambition and creativity. You have a humble personality and engage work and people with enthusiasm and generosity. You show strong team orientation and problem-solving skills. You are skeptical and independent, with high standards of competence and performance.

You show:

  • Comprehensive experience (MSc or equivalent in organic chemistry)

  • Proficiency in multistep organic synthesis, including microscale work, and inert-atmosphere procedures.

  • Experience designing and planning complex synthetic sequences

  • Familiarity with aromatic/functional dye chemistry

  • Practiced spectroscopic skills, with a particular emphasis on NMR spectroscopy

  • Very good English skills (our day-to-day language is English)

What we offer

We offer a 4-year, full funded PhD position on an above-average PhD salary in an inspiring international environment with access to state-of-the-art scientific infrastructure, the high quality of life in the city of Zurich and its surroundings.

Place of work

University of Zurich

Department of Chemistry

Winterthurerstrasse 190

8057 Zurich

Start of employment

By arrangement (immediate entry possible).

We look forward to receiving your application as a single PDF file including the following documents: a cover letter stating your motivation for this position, a research summary of past accomplishments, CV (resumé), and the names and contact details of 2 referees.

Further information

Dr. Michel Rickhaus

Apply now

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