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PhD position: revolutionary molecular semiconductors for solar cells

Design, synthesis, and characterization of a paradigm shifting class of molecular semiconductors, primarily for organic and hybrid photovoltaics applications. This research project under the guidance of Prof. dr. Kees Hummelen is part of the research program of the national FOM Focus Group ‘Next generation organic photovoltaics’ at the University of Groningen. Hence, the work will be done in close collaboration with the groups of Dr. R.M. Havenith (theoretical chemistry), Prof. Dr. R.C. Chiechi (materials chemistry), Prof. Dr. M. A. Loi (spectroscopy and device physics), and Dr. L.J.A. Koster (PV theory & modeling, device physics). Information regarding the Hummelen group can be found at:

Job discription          
Four years PhD position.

Stratingh Institute for Chemistry & Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen.

The applicant should bear an MSc title in organic chemistry. Experience in organic materials, photovoltaics, or organic electronics is appreciated.

Conditions of employment  
This is a FOM PhD position. For more information about FOM:

When fulfilling a PhD position at the FOM Foundation, you will get the status of junior scientist. You will have an employee status and can participate in all the employee benefits FOM offers. You will get a contract for four years. Your salary will be up to a maximum of 2,718 euro gross per month.The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8 percent and an end-of-year bonus of 8.33 percent. You are supposed to have a thesis finished at the end of your four year term with FOM. A training programme is part of the agreement. You and your supervisor will make up a plan for the additional education and supervising that you specifically need. This plan also defines which teaching activities you will be responsible (up to a maximum of ten percent of your time). The conditions of employment of the FOM Foundation are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more exclusive information is available at the FOM website under Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English).        
General information about working at FOM can be found in the English part of the FOM website under Personnel . The 'FOM job interview code' applies to this position.

For more specific information about this position please contact Prof.dr. J. C. (Kees) Hummelen.  

You can respond to this vacancy by e-mailing to:    
Please send your cv and recommendation letters.


PhD position in Catalysis and Green Chemistry (Homogeneous catalysis & Renewable resources)

Two fully-funded 4-year PhD position is available in the Green Chemistry and Catalysis group of Dr. Katalin Barta (

One of the positions in the broader sense deals with the development of sustainable, atom-economic transformations in homogeneous catalysis and involves methodology development as well as catalyst and ligand design.

The other project focuses on the development of novel catalysts and methods for the conversion of renewable starting materials to useful chemical building blocks.

For both projects international collaborations are possible.

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or its equivalent in chemistry and have good knowledge of the English language (written and spoken). The project requires good laboratory skills - strong basics in organic or inorganic chemistry are of advantage.

The applications should include:


-Motivation letter

-Transcripts of marks and copy of diploma (if available)

-Contact details of 2 academic references

Please send your application material to Dr. Katalin Barta (email:


Post-doc position in Catalysis and Green Chemistry

An ERC funded post-doctoral position is available for outstanding and highly motivated candidates in the Green Chemistry and Catalysis group of Dr. Katalin Barta (

The research line aims at the development of novel homogeneous catalysts for sustainable transformations. The candidate has the possibility to join projects related to the conversion of renewables such as cellulose derived platform chemicals and lignin conversion and collaborate internationally.

The ideal candidate has a strong background in one of the following areas: organometallic chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, organic chemistry.

The applications should include:


-Motivation letter

-Copy of the PhD diploma or estimated time of graduation

-Contact details of 3 academic references

Please send your application material to Dr. Katalin Barta (email:


PhD position in Biocatalysis / Biochemistry / Biotechnology

A fully-funded 4-year PhD position is available in the Biomolecular Chemistry group headed by Prof. Gerard Roelfes ( ).

The project concerns the design and evolution of artificial metalloenzymes, which are enzymes containing unnatural metal cofactors, and their application in biocatalysis, with the ultimate goal of integrating these artificial metalloenzymes in cells.

The ideal PhD candidate has a Masters or equivalent degree in biochemistry or biotechnology, has experience with molecular biology, protein expression and purification and enzyme catalysis and has a strong interest in interdisciplinary research. Good proficiency of the English language is required. The monthly gross salary is 2042 euro per month in the first year, increasing to 2612 euro in the final year.

For information and applications please contact Prof. Gerard (email: Applications should include a CV, a motivation letter, and contact details for two professional referees.

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