Coordination Chemistry Inspires Molecular Catalysis (CCIMC): 15 PhD positions 1411 views

Coordination Chemistry Inspires Molecular Catalysis (CCIMC) is Marie Sklodowska-Curie Initial Training Network of the European Joint Doctorate (MSCA-ITN-EJD) project, running from March 1st 2020 until February 29th 2024 (4 years).

About the project and positions:
  • The CCIMC project brings together an academic/industrial consortium with complementary skills consisting of 9 beneficiaries and 10 partner organisations from 7 countries.
  • CCIMC will enrol 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) who will receive scientific training in experimental and theoretical aspects of coordination chemistry and molecular catalysis as well as a wide set of transferable skills (chemical risks, scientific misconduct, IPR, knowledge transfer, ethics, time management, outreach communication, and more).
  • 15 post-graduate student positions are available starting October 2020, to obtain a double-degree from two different Universities in two different Countries.
  • Fundamental research in coordination chemistry is of crucial importance for the development of innovative molecular catalysis.
  • This EJD focuses on providing the skills needed for the future implementation of innovative catalysis through today’s cutting-edge fundamental exploration of coordination chemistry, which is guided by industrial interests and target applications.


  • Applicant must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree
  • Applicant must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the host country for more than 12 months in the preceding 3 years
  • Applicant must hold Master’s degree in Chemistry, plus a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (minimum 2:1 or equivalent grade)
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language will need to meet or exceed the requirements for Chemistry PhD entry.
  • Broad knowledge and experience of Chemistry and of synthetic and analytical techniques and understanding of relevant health and safety practices
  • Ability to undertake academic research, organise own research activities to agreed deadlines and quality standards
  • Excellent IT and oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide support to staff and students and work as part of a team and independently using own initiative
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for travel and studying overseas for long periods of time and in a variety of organisations
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for organometallic chemistry and catalysis

How to apply:

  • Apply online

Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Projects

ESR1. Olefin metathesis catalysts with high Z-selectivity. Co-directors: Vincent César (LCC), Karol Grela (UW). Secondment host: TEC.

ESR2. Design of efficient catalytic tools for a direct access to chiral amines. Co-directors: Cyril Godard (URV), Martine Urrutigoity (LCC). Secondment host: ITC.

ESR3. s-Block Metal-Mediated Hydroelementation. Co-directors: Agustí Lledós (UAB), Matthias Westerhausen (FSU). Secondment host: ITC.

ESR4. Development of supported catalysts for continuous flow asymmetric hydrogenation. Co-directors: Vasile Pârvulescu (UoB), Jérôme Durand and Karine Philippot (LCC). Secondment host: TEC.

ESR5. Metal-mediated C-F bond activation and C-F bond formation. Co-directors: Antoine Simonneau (LCC), John Slattery and Jason Lynam (UoY). Secondment host: ITC.

ESR6. Activation of carbon dioxide with highly Lewis acidic compounds. Co-directors: Matthias Westerhausen (FSU), Sébastien Bontemps (LCC). Secondment host: IFPEN.

ESR7. Photo-switchable phosphines for in situ modification of catalysts. Co-directors: Evamarie Hey-Hawkins (ULEI), Rosa Maria Sebastián (UAB). Secondment host: ESF.

ESR8. Polar substrates asymmetric hydrogenation and associated processes: role of the base. Co-directors: Simon Duckett, Jason Lynam and John Slattery (UoY), Rinaldo Poli (LCC). Secondment host: TEC.

ESR9. Biphasic catalysis with metal nanoparticles inside polymeric nanoreactors. Co-directors: Anders Riisager (DTU), Eric Manoury and Karine Philippot (LCC). Secondment host: IFPEN.

ESR10. Immobilization of NHC’s ligands in Janus Dendrimers. Catalysis in green solvents. Co-directors: Karol Grela (UW), Rosa Maria Sebastián (UAB). Secondment host: HIBSA.

ESR11. Selective hydrogenation of amides with supported transition metal nanoparticles. Co-directors: Anders Riisager (DTU), Karine Philippot (UAB). Secondment host: IFPEN.

ESR12. Carboranylphosphines meet dendrimers: Electron-deficient scaffolds for ligand design and applications in catalysis. Co-directors: Anne-Marie Caminade (LCC), Evamarie Hey-Hawkins (ULEI). Secondment host: BASF.

ESR13. Specifically functionalized dendrimers for catalysis in special media. Co-directors: Rosa Maria Sebastián (UAB), Anne-Marie Caminade (LCC). Secondment host: HIBSA.

ESR14. Reactivity and catalytic chemistry of Ge/Si-H bonds at metal centres. Co-directors: Mary Grellier (LCC), Jason Lynam and John Slattery (UoY). Secondment host: JM.

ESR15. CO2 Transformations catalysed by N-Heterocylic Carbene (NHC) systems. Co-directors: Olivier Baslé and Sébastien Bontemps (LCC), Agustí Lledós (UAB). Secondment host: SOLV.  This project has received funding from the European Union’

—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant
Country France, UK, Spain, Romania, Poland, Germany, Denmark
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas Chemistry
Fellowship amount As per MSCA rules
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline Varies

Company Information
  • Total Jobs 109 Jobs
  • Address Europe
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