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Postdoc and PhD student position in theoretical chemistry

University of Zurich. Zurich, 10.01.2018


The University of Zurich (UZH) is Switzerland's largest university with 26,000 enrolled students. Founded in the year 1833, UZH was Europe's first university to be established by a democratic political system; today, UZH is one of the foremost universities in the German-speaking world. As a member of the "League of European Research Universities" (LERU), the University of Zurich belongs to Europe's most prestigious research institutions. To date, the Nobel Prize has been conferred on twelve UZH scholars.

Postdoc and PhD student position in theoretical chemistry

A Postdoc and PhD student position are available in the Department of Chemistry at University of Zurich (Switzerland).

About the projects
Our group focuses on forefront computational methods and applications at the interface of chemistry, biology, physics, and materials science.

The research topic of the projects deals with development of novel approaches with application in the field of photocatalysis (in particular spectroscopy and design of catalysts for solar light-driven water splitting). The projects will possibly be carried out in collaboration with experimental groups, for instance of the university research priority program “Solar Light to Chemical Energy Conversion” ( Methods developed will encompass static and dynamic ab initio approaches. For further information, please contact Prof. Sandra Luber.

Candidate Requirements
The Postdoc / PhD student candidate must hold a PhD / MSc degree in chemistry, physics, or related, and have profound English skills. The successful candidates will be creative, ambitious, and highly motivated. Strong programming skills and experience in method development, in particular for electronic structure theory / ab initio molecular dynamics, are an advantage.

We offer a 1-year Postdoc (with possible extension) / PhD student (max. 4 years) contract, a competitive salary as well as an inspiring environment with cutting-edge resources, access to world-leading supercomputers, and high-profile interdisciplinary collaborations.

Interested applicants are encouraged to send their application documents (cover letter, CV, diploma, description of research experience and motivation, names of at least two academic references) as one pdf document per e-mail to Prof. Sandra Luber (email:

Start date: early 2018 or by agreement.


Bewerbungsschluss: 10.02.2018