PhD Positions in the Field of Organic Synthesis and Homogeneous Catalysis University of Antwerp, Department of Chemistry Belgium

2017BAPFWETEF325 - PhD positions in the field of organic synthesis and homogeneous catalysis

In the framework of an Excellence of Science Project (EOS) of the National Science Foundation in Belgium (FNRS and FWO), connecting research teams of different Belgian universities with complementary scientific expertise on the topic synthesis of commodity and fine chemicals from wood, the research divisions of organic chemistry of the Departments of Chemistry of ULB and UAntwerp in Belgium announce the availability of full time


PhD positions in the field of organic synthesis and homogeneous catalysis


Job description


As a master with a good theoretical and practical knowledge of organic synthetic chemistry you will investigate the development of synthetic routes towards fine chemicals based on building blocks and their derivatives originating from lignin. The methods to be developed are C-H and C-O bond functionalization reactions.


Your Profile


The ideal candidate for the position will be highly motivated and have a master degree in chemistry or master degree in bioscience engineering (option chemistry) with hands-on experience in analytical separation techniques, mass spectrometry, preparative purification techniques, and structural characterization of organic molecules. The ability to work in a team as well as good communication/writing skills and a good mastery of the English language is required. Interest in multidisciplinary research is an advantage.


Additional info


During the 4 years PhD you will perform part of your research at the Free University of Brussels and the University of Antwerp. Your PhD diploma will be a joint PhD of both universities. The distance between both universities is only 50 km and both cities are well connected via public transport. The selected candidates are expected to begin in the spring/summer of 2018. For more information on the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at ULB and the Organic Synthesis team at UAntwerp visit the respective group websites: and




Send a detailed CV and motivation letter to and ASAP and before 31 January 2018. Please mention “Application PhD EOS” in the subject line.


Prof. Dr. Bert U.W. Maes

Organic Synthesis (ORSY)

Department of Chemistry


Phone: +32 (0)3 265 32 05

Prof. Dr. Gwilherm EVANO

Laboratoire de Chimie Organique (LCO)
Department of Chemistry


Phone: +32 (0)2 650 30 57


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