PhD scholarship in Organometallic Catalysis for Sustainability, DTU, Denmark

Study in:Denmark
Deadline: 2 February 2018

A 3-year PhD scholarship in synthetic inorganic chemistry is available at the Department of Chemistry, starting from April 1st, 2018, or as soon as possible. The project will be under supervision of Assistant Professor Martin Nielsen and is funded by the VILLUM Foundation Young Investigator Programme. The successful candidate will join a young and ambitious, international research team, which is a part of the Organic and Inorganic Chemistry section at DTU Chemistry.

The research in the group is focused on designing and synthesizing inorganic coordination complexes, for homogeneous organometallic catalysis in the broad field of sustainable chemistry. This involves inorganic syntheses of novel coordination complexes, as well as in-depth structural and property characterizations of all new compounds. In addition, it involves testing and optimizing for catalytic activity. We study reactions relevant to e.g. bio feedstock valorisation and chemical hydrogen storage applications.

You will be involved in all facets of the research towards developing new and efficient organometallic catalysts, for bio feedstock valorisation and chemical hydrogen storage applications.

In cooperation with Assistant Professor Martin Nielsen and his research group, your responsibilities and learning objectives will include e.g:

  • Research: Explorative design, syntheses, and in-depth structural and property characterization of new transition metal ligands and coordination complexes. Test for catalytic activity in a range of chemical transformations relevant to sustainable chemistry. Optimize and further study systems that show catalytic activity.
  • Management: Planning and following up on your research projects. Compiling and storing your scientific data in accordance with the FAIR Data principles.
  • Mentoring: Daily mentoring of assigned student(s) of the Nielsen group.
  • Dissemination: Active participation at international conferences. Composing academic scientific manuscripts for publications. Active public outreach.

Teaching: Providing excellent teaching.

The successful candidate should have a Master’s degree in chemistry with a focus on synthetic inorganic chemistry or organometallic catalysis. Experience working with spectroscopy (e.g. NMR, FT-IR, X-ray crystallography) and chromatography analysis (e.g. HPLC, GC-TCD, LC-MS) is an advantage.

The successful candidate should thrive 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.

The successful candidate should be highly motivated, eager to seek and share knowledge, able to work independently in a dynamic group environment, and should be confident in both written and spoken English. The applicant should strive towards scientific excellence, be ambitious and hard working. Only applicants who seek to be among the very brightest in their field and do science at the highest international level will be considered.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Assistant Professor Martin Nielsen.

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 an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

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

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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

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Please submit your online application no later than 2 February 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:

  • A letter of motivation (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae (including a list of publications and presentations, if any)
  • 2-3 recommendation letters or academic referees contact details
  • Research plan (max 3p including graphics and references)
  • Bachelor and MSc thesis
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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