Post Doc Position in Organic and Supramolecular Chemistry
University of Zurich Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

PostDoc Position in Organic and Supramolecular Chemistry
70 %

Are you a problem-solver, an imaginative and creative thinker, with an idea for everything? Do you excel in making new molecules, shaping your designs into materials, and have not lost your passion for learning? Then we got a job for you!

We are a fresh research team at the University of Zurich. Our vision is 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 do not know yet, we learn. What we cannot learn, we create.

Ready to put on the white coat for us? We are looking for a talented candidate, who shares our passion for great science and a delightful sense of humour. Come as you are and follow us on our journey.

Please visit our group's website for more information.

Your responsibilities

In this fully funded, full time project, we develop hyperbolic π -surfaces that precisely stack to give unprecedented types of molecular wires. This project involves the synthesis of molecular systems and the study of their assembly in solution and in the solid-state. You will be involved in the design of these new targets, bring them to existence with your evolved synthetic skills, and then guide their assembly into functional superstructures.

Your profile

We look for a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate 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 display strong team orientation and problem-solving skills. You are sceptical and independent, with high standards of competence and performance. You show:
  • Comprehensive experience (PhD 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.
  • Extended knowledge of supramolecular assemblies and their assessment.
  • Practiced spectroscopic skills, with a particular emphasis on NMR and optical spectroscopy.
  • Very good English skills (our day-to-day language is English).

What we offer

  • Servant Leadership
  • Conferences, Training, Coaching
  • Disruptive Thinking
  • A Lab Culture that Empowers
  • Diversity = Power
  • Suceeding by Trust and Autonomy
  • Room to Grow
  • High-end Facilities and Benefits
  • Nurturing Dependable Science
  • International Team
For us, only competencies count. Send us your application regardless of origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ideology or disability.

Place of work

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. Applications that are not submitted as a singlePDF file will NOT be considered.

Further information

Dr. Michel Rickhaus


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