PhD position (m/f/d)

Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. (LIKAT), Rostock

The Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT Rostock) with approx. 300 employees and guests is one of the leading European research institutions in the field of catalysis. LIKAT is a competent partner for the research and development of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts as well as catalytic processes and technologies. LIKATs focus is on application-oriented basic research and applied research. Therefore, it cooperates with industrial companies and research institutes worldwide.

The research group of Udo Kragl and Esteban Mejía in the department of Polymer Chemistry and Catalysis has an opening for a position in this area.

Your task:

  • Development of new polymeric materials via ring-opening polymerization (ROP)
  • Prepaation and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts for ROP
  • Optimization and scale-up of ROP processes for transfer to industry
  • Writing of high-quality reports, scientific publications, and patents

Your competence:

We are looking for a PhD candidate with a Diploma or Master (or equivalent qualification) in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with experience in organic synthesis, organometallic chemistry, and catalysis.

Experience in polymer synthesis and characterization is advantageous. We particularly encourage applications from women. A proficient use of written and spoken English is requisite. German knowledge is not required.

Our offer:

We offer a challenging PhD position in an excellent, international environment at the LIKAT Rostock. The position is available from March 1, 2022 and limited to 3 years. Extension is possible upon mutual agreement. Place of work is Rostock. The salary is based on public service rates of the German states (E 13 TV-L, 50%).

LIKAT supports professional equality of women and men and so applications from women are most welcome. In areas where women are underrepresented at LIKAT preference will be given to women with equal qualification. Disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

Please, send your application (including C.V., list of publications, copies of relevant examination certificates and names contact information of two referees) as an e-mail (in one pdf file with a max. size of 25 MB) by e-mail quoting the reference number 405-02/2022 to bewerbungen(at)catalysis.deuntil February 28, 2022.

For topic related questions, please contact PD Dr. habil. Esteban Mejía (esteban.mejia(at)catalysis.de) directly.

Please note that application and travel costs cannot be reimbursed.