Job Opportunities

Openings for PhD students and postdocs in the group are available on a regular basis (a background in Organometallic Chemistry / Molecular Inorganic Chemistry / Homogeneous Catalysis is expected); for general info please contact prof. Klein Gebbink ( ) or dr. Moret ( ) for further information.

  • Currently we are looking for a PhD candidate on a project on the development of cooperative ligands for non-noble metal catalysis. To apply, please contact Dr. Moret.

PhD Position in Multimetallic Organometallic Catalysis

Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD position in the Organic Chemistry and Catalysis (OCC) group at Utrecht University. The project, led by Dr. Daniël Broere, will focus on the development of homogeneous catalyst systems that employ multiple metals to activate strong chemical bonds. More information on the OCC group can be found on the group web page.

Project Description: The majority of homogeneous metal catalyst systems consist of a single metal atom and organic ligands, which tune activity or selectivity. Similarly, nature employs metals in the active sites of metalloenzymes to catalyze chemical reactions. However, for the most challenging chemical transformations, metalloenzymes often employ complex cofactors where multiple metals work together to make and break chemical bonds. This project will focus on obtaining fundamental understanding of how multiple metals can activate strong chemical bonds, and use this knowledge to develop new multinuclear catalysts. It will involve a combination of organic and organometallic synthesis, spectroscopy, and computational chemistry.

Requirements: Successful applicants will hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in chemistry with experience in synthetic organic & organometallic chemistry and/or homogeneous catalysis. Experience with computational chemistry is also desirable. Good communication skills, the ability to work safely, independently and in a team environment, as well as a strong interest in synthetic molecular inorganic/organometallic chemistry are essential. Oral and written command of English is required.

Offer: The successful candidate will be appointed on a fixed-term full-time basis. The appointment is initially for a period of 18 months. Upon good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining period of 30 months (4 years in total). The gross monthly salary starts at €2,222 in the first year, and ends at €2,840 (Scale P Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at working at Utrecht University.

Starting date: The expected starting date is October 2018 but could be negotiated. Motivated candidates are invited to send their application (incl. letter of motivation, CV, references, and list of grades) directly to Dr. Daniël Broere (