Our group in the Institute for Chemical and Bioengeniering at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences of ETH Zürich has an open PhD position in the framework of an ERC project. We offer a challenging position in an institution consistently ranked among one of the top universities in the world, with outstanding infrastructure and an interdisciplinary surrounding.
PhD in Molecular Chemistry /Physical Chemistry - to conduct interdisciplinary research in Supramolecular Chemistry (100%)
The aim of the project is using microfluidic environments mimicking bio-inspired conditions (controlled reaction and diffusion of reagents) to control non-covalent synthesis: going from thermodynamic products to non-equilibrium states (kinetically trapped, metastable, or dissipative states). A fundamental challenge to bring supramolecular chemistry as well as material engineering to the next level is obtaining non-equilibrium molecular assemblies, and this is the focus of the proposed PhD project. The PhD student will carry out the design and synthesis of new molecular building blocks, the study of kinetically controlled and dissipative self-assembly in microfluidic environments, as well as the characterization of the generated supramolecular assemblies by a range of spectroscopy and microscopy techniques, and other physicochemical tools. In addition, the student will be expected to present the obtained results at international conferences and as publications in peer-journals.
The ideal candidate has a master degree in Chemistry, Materials Science or in a related area, with skills and expertise in organic synthesis and supramolecular chemistry (and/or physical organic chemistry), along with knowledge of basic spectroscopy (UV-Vis, CD, Fluorescence). Experience with kinetic modelling and/or programming (e.g. Matlab, Python) is welcome, but not required. The candidate must demonstrate a very good command of spoken and written English, and is expected to be highly motivated, enthusiastic and creative.