Postdoc in Organometallic Polynuclear Chemistry

DTU Chemistry
Wednesday 11 Jul 18

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A 1 year postdoc fellowship is now available at DTU Chemistry, starting as soon as possible. The project will be under supervision of Assistant Professor Martin Nielsen and is funded by a DFF-Danish ERC-support program.

Responsibilities and tasks
We are seeking a very ambitious person, who is eager and able to contribute significantly to establishing a field of designing and synthesizing polynuclear coordination complexes, for homogeneous organometallic polynuclear chemistry with novel reactivities. The focus will be on designing, synthesizing, and characterizing well-defined polynuclear inorganic coordination complexes. The aim is to develop novel chemistry based on these clusters. This involves

  • Organic syntheses of new ligands
  • Inorganic syntheses of novel polynuclear coordination complexes
  • In-depth structural and property characterizations of all new compounds
  • Testing and optimizing for novel organometallic transformations

Participation in supervision of students of all levels will be an integrated part of the job, and acquisition of teaching experience is supported. In specific, this position includes supervision of, and collaboration with, a PhD student throughout the whole period.

Other content of the position:

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to
  • Scientific production and research potential at an international level
  • Scientific experience basis, preferably including international experience
  • Innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas
  • Ability and willingness to work in a highly ambitious research group that aims to establish new research fields, and thus is prepared to take greater scientific risks than the general trend is in academia
  • Ability to communicate scientific results at both an academic level and in layman’s terms
  • Ability and eagerness to attract independent funding. It is required that you apply at third party funding agencies for your own independent research funding, which can complement this funding for your stay. Success with these applications is not a prerequisite for staying in this position, but excellent applications are expected
  • The research plan (see application procedure)
Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.
Further qualifications:
The candidate should have a strong background in experimental chemistry and commitment to research. The ideal candidate has a background in transition metal coordination chemistry and/or organometallic catalysis and/or homogeneous inorganic chemistry.

Experience on the exact mentioned topics is not a prerequisite for a successful application, if excellence can be demonstrated in another, related chemistry research field.

Candidates should be highly motivated, eager to seek and share knowledge, able to work independently in a dynamic group environment, and should be confident in planning and carrying out complicated tasks. Good communication skills in both written and spoken English are expected.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

The Nielsen group offers a demanding, exciting, and dynamic work environment.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is one year, with the possibility of extending to two years. If independent funding is attracted by the applicant, the period may be prolonged.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Assistant Professor Martin Nielsen, +45 2465 1045, e-mail:, or Head or Organic and Inorganic Chemistry Section, Professor Jens Øllgaard Duus, e-mail:

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Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 17 August 2018

 Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
Please include ALL the bullet points as well as following their order.
  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Research plan (max. 2 pages including graphics and references. See below for more information)
  • Tentative list of agencies/programs to apply for funding at (min. 1 program. See below for more information)
  • List of publications and presentations
  • Up to 3 recommendation letters or academic referees contact details
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
Research plan: It should include what you envision you study during a 2-year postdoc period. The theme of the proposal is very open, but it should relate to the title of this position. The research plan will be assessed based on whether the idea is:
  • Original
  • Creative
  • Ambitious
  • Realistic
Funding list: Suggestions of postdoc programs based at DTU or in Denmark, EU, your home country, etc. are all most welcome. Please ensure that you are eligible for the programs you suggest. Please also provide your own assessment of your chances of achieving the given programs (max. 1 sentence per program).
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their PhD degree, but cannot begin before having received it. Candidates should expect to receive their PhD degree prior to November 1, 2018.
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
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