Do you want to be part of our group?

… as Doctoral student

Two Positions in the CataLight Project

There are currently 2 PhD (praedoc, 75%) positions as part of the CataLight project available:

TRR234-C3: Watching a Catalyst Function: Theoretical Insights into Water Oxidation on Mn-V Clusters Embedded in Soft Matter Matrices:

The project will simulate catalyst-photosensitizer assemblies for efficient water oxidation embedded in functionalized polymer matrices. The oxidation process will be initiated by electronic excitation of organic and metal-based photosensitizers covalently linked to a polymer matrix. Mechanistic insights are obtained by state-of-the-art stationary and dynamical calculations. The project will investigate the mechanism of photosensitizer excitation, study electron transfer between catalyst and photosensitizer, and photosensitizer and electron acceptor. The project investigates water binding at the catalytic site and the mechanisms which lead to water oxidation and O2 formation.

Short job description:

Within this project we aim at simulating and enable design of catalyst-photosensitizer assemblies embedded in functionalized polymer matrices able to promote efficient photoinduced water oxidation. To this aim, electronic structure methods, molecular dynamics and non-adiabatic techniques will be used and further developed as necessary.

Required skills:

  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in chemistry or a related discipline
  • Solid knowledge of theoretical chemistry, with emphasis on excited states and the simulation of complex systems with multiscale techniques
  • Ability to think and work independently
  • Excellent communication skills and willingness to work in close cooperation with the interdisciplinary research team of CataLight
  • Highly motivated and creative personalities
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English

If you are interested, send a motivation letter, a CV, and the contact of two persons who can write a recommendation letter to Prof. Dr. González.

One Position in the Light Controlled Reactivity of Metal Complexes program
A position for a PhD student is available to start immediately in the group of Leticia González within the newly established
Priority Program “Light controlled reactivity of metal complexes” funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Within this project, quantum chemical and ab initio molecular
dynamics (using the group code SHARC) of several transition metal complexes will be studied, in close
cooperation with experimental (inorganic and spectroscopic) partners as well as other theoreticians.

Candidates should have a university master degree in Chemistry, Physics or related discipline, a strong
background in Theoretical/Computational Chemistry and interest in inorganic chemistry. Abilities to
work in a team and be willing to collaborate with other PhD students of the Priority Program are
indispensable. You also need excellent English abilities.

If you are interested to work in a vibrant international group and in one of the most livable cities of the
world, please send your application to Prof. Dr. Leticia González, with a
motivation letter, a CV, a copy of transcript of records and the contact details of two references.

Applications will be received until position is filled.

The University of Vienna is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women are strongly

… as Bachelor student

If you are interested in doing some chemistry on the computer for your bachelor thesis, contact me for possible topics. Also see the informations for bachelor students in our teaching section.

… as Diplom or Master student

It is possible to join at any time! If you want to make your Diplomarbeit or Masterarbeit in our group, contact me for possible topics.

… as Postdoctoral students

No positions available at the time.

In any case…

If you do not find what you look for, still is worth to contact Prof. Dr. González and ask for other possibilities. There are many ways you can apply for your own scholarship…