Postdoc Position: Organometallic Catalysis for Sustainability, DTU, Denmark

Study in:Denmark
Deadline: 2 February 2018

Postdoc Position: Organometallic Catalysis for Sustainability: A 2-year Postdoc fellowship is now available at DTU Chemistry, starting from 1 April, 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.

Responsibilities and tasks
We are seeking a very ambitious person, who is eager and able to contribute significantly to the field of designing and synthesizing coordination complexes, for homogeneous organometallic catalysis in the broad field of sustainable chemistry. The focus will be on developing efficient catalytic systems for bio feedstock valorisation and chemical hydrogen storage applications.

The position 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.

Participation in supervision of students of all levels will be an integrated part of the job and acquisition of teaching experience is supported.

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, that can complement the funding from this position for your stay. Success with these applications is not a prerequisite for staying in this position, but excellent applications are expected.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

The candidate should have a strong background in experimental chemistry and commitment to research. The ideal candidate has a background in catalysis and inorganic chemistry, with focus on transition metal coordination chemistry or organometallic catalysis.

Experience on the exact mentioned topics is not a prerequisite for a successful application, if excellence can be demonstrated in another 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 an 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 Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

Workplace and period of employment:

The period of employment is two years. If independent funding is attracted by the applicant, the period may be prolonged.

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 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • List of publications and presentations
  • Research plan (max. 2p including graphics and references)
  • Tentative list of sources to apply for funding at
  • Up to 3 recommendation letters or academic referees contact details
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

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.

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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Apply no later than 2 February 2018
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