Multiple PhD Positions in Supramolecular Catalysis: PhD Position is available in homogeneous, bio-inspired supramolecular catalysis at the Faculty of Science – Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

Salary / Fellowship: €2,191 to €2,801 gross per month

Closing date: 1 December 2017

Vacancy number: 17-035

About the group: Homogeneous, Supramolecular and Bio-Inspired Catalysis ‘HomKat is headed by prof. Joost Reek and Prof. Bas de Bruin is part of the Sustainable Chemistry theme.


  1. Exploring various new concepts in catalysis
  2. Investigate catalytic processes in complex systems, aiming at emerging properties of the system, control over the catalytic process by inclusion of switchable catalysts
  3. Performing cascade reactions that cannot be carried out in sequential single step reactions.
  4. Explore new catalytic concepts on the borders with biology.
  5. Perform catalytic reaction in living cells, aiming at new products by synergy between Cells and artificial systems.

Requirements / qualifications:

  1. Candidates preferable have a background in synthesis and catalysis, with affinity for biology and/or physical chemical methods (e.g. NMR, ITC, UV-Vis, Fluorescence, GC, HPLC, kinetics) to evaluate the properties of novel catalyst systems.
  2. degree in chemistry with a substantial organic chemistry component is required.
  3. Applicants with experience/affinity in coordination chemistry and biochemistry have a clear advantage.
  4. The ability to collaborate and adapt in an international team is required
  5. Must possess good communication skills in oral and written English.
  6. Due to limitations in recruitment budget we will preferably consider candidates that are currently in Europe.

Further information

Prof. Joost Reek

Positions are available starting from 1 March 2017, and we will recruit until all positions have been filled.

Duration: Maximum period of four years (18 months plus a further 30 months after a positive evaluation) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis).

Fellowship: The gross monthly salary will range from €2,191 in the first year to €2,801 in the final year.

Application Procedure

  1. Applications for the position at the University of Amsterdam may only be submitted by sending your application to
  2. To process your application immediately, please quote vacancy number 17-035 and the position you are applying for in the subject-line.
  3. Applications must include a curriculum vitae (CV), a list of publications, a motivation letter, and the name(s) and contact details of one or 02 academic referees.
  4. All these should be grouped in one PDF attachment.
Quick Overview————-
Organization University of Amsterdam
Fellowship Level PhD
Country Netherlands
Subject areas Chemistry
Fellowship amount €2,191 – €2,801
Eligibility Masters
Deadline  1 Dec 2017



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