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PhD Research Position in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Key words: Strained Molecules, Photochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Geometrical Isomerization

Background and scope of the position. Strained molecular entities offer great possibilities to lock the geometrical shape of a molecule. Within this project, you will explore new possibilities to forge strained rings with precise control of the outcoming geometry using a photochemical trigger. Once a successful system is identified, it will be implemented in lipid molecules to impact the structure and function of membranes.

The project is part of the Collaborative Research Centre 1552 “Defects and Defect Engineering in Soft Matter” funded by the German research foundation (DFG). You will be part of the newly established research and training program including groups from the Johannes-Gutenberg University, as well as the Frauenhofer and Max Planck Institutes. Hiring will be in accord to the German Salary Scheme with full benefits.

What we have to offer. Join our team to do cutting-edge research within the excellent infrastructure of Mainz University. We are a young and dynamic group offering a cooperative and supportive environment to develop as a researcher.

More information about our group can be found at

What we expect from you. We are looking for a creative, self-motivated, and ambitious candidate, who is willing to face scientific challenges and push forward the boundaries of knowledge.

You must hold a M.Sc. in Chemistry having a strong background in synthesis. Reaction set-up, sample purification techniques and NMR analysis are required. Additional qualifications such as photochemistry are a plus.

The position is available from October 2023 and has a duration of 3 years. Application deadline is August 15, 2023.

Please send your full application as a single pdf file containing

  • Cover letter, including a section where you say why you want to join the group

  • Short research summary, in particular concerning your Master Thesis

  • CV including list of publications (if applicable)

  • Two contacts for refence letters

  • Transcript of records of your Master and Bachelor program

to Prof. Dr. Johannes Wahl wahl at

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