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PhD Position in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Key words: Strained Molecules, Photochemistry, Energy Storage

Background and scope of the position. The storage of energy is going to play a central role in averting the current climate crisis. A possibility to cope with this challenge is to store energy within strained molecules, which, in turn, can be accessed by solar light-promoted photoreactions. Within this project, you will explore photochemical strategies for the synthesis of strained entities for potential energy storage. This will include the exploration of Molecular Solar Thermal (MOST) systems and the associated development of strain-release protocols to set free the stored energy. The project is funded by Mainz University. 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 method development and photochemistry. Reaction set-up, sample purification techniques and NMR analysis are required. Additional qualifications such as experience with calorimetry are a plus.

The position is available from Autumn 2024 and has a duration of 3-4 years.

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 (max. 1 page), 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 using the headline as the subject line in your email.

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