CRC 1333: Scientific Coworkers in Catalysis under Confinement (f/m/d)

Three Doctoral Researcher Positions

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Publication date:  Jun 21, 2022
Position-ID: 744
Faculty/ Facility: Chemistry 
Institute/ Facility: Chemistry : IPOC - Institute of Polymer Chemistry 
Research Association: CRC 1333: Molecular heterogeneous catalysis in confined geometries 
Teaching Obligation: No 
Application deadline: 06/30/2022
Anticipated Start Date:  07/15/2022   
About Us

The position is funded by the DFG (the German Research Foundation) through the Collaborative Research Center 1333 “Molecular Heterogeneous Catalysis in Confined Geometries“. The CRC 1333 is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Stuttgart with 16 individual research projects involving also external partners at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research and at the Universities of Paderborn, Marburg and Bochum.


More than 50 researchers from 19 groups collaborate to acquire the fundamental understanding of how confinement can synergistically support catalytic reactions within small mesopores. This involves the challenging tasks of analyzing and quantifying how specific pore properties influence e.g. reactivity and diffusivity and which are the underlying mechanisms. Finally, we aim to develop hybrid catalyst systems that enable more efficient chemical-catalytic production processes or even open completely new reaction pathways.


For this, we require the concerted effort of researchers from catalysis, materials sciences, analytical sciences and theory.

Your Tasks

Position 1: Continuous-flow microreactors and multidimensional on-line analytics for catalytic reaction kinetics studies under spatial confinement
Position 2: Tuning of C6/C8 selectivity of Cr-catalyzed oligomerization of ethylene by exploiting confinement effects
Position 3: Cooperative asymmetric dual / multiple activation catalysis under confinement

Your Profile

The position requires a University Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or in Materials Science. Specifically, we would like to encourage candidates with the following qualifications to apply:

  • Knowledge in synthetic organometallic chemistry
  • above-average academic achievements
  • very good oral and written English language skills
  • Identification with the multidisciplinary nature of the collaborative research center (catalysis, materials science, analytical chemistry, theory and simulation science) and the enthusiasm to learn beyond your individual research topic
  • Willingness to actively participate in CRC events and qualification measures


Please send your application including two references to the Institute of Polymer Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Prof. Dr. Michael R. Buchmeiser, Pfaffenwaldring 55, 70569 Stuttgart or to

Our Benefits

The collaborative research center CRC 1333 offers an interdisciplinary environment and a structured CRC 1333 graduate program with the possibility to attend and organize workshops, seminars and various conferences on an international level.
Additionally, researchers from all fields can acquire knowledge in modern research data management, enabling new insights from their research data.
The city of Stuttgart and its vicinity are well-known for providing an attractive, diverse, and open environment for work and life close to cultural highlights and recreational offers.

Employment and compensation information
Maximal Funding Period or Duration of Employment: 36 months  
Type of Funding: Position as Employee at the University of Stuttgart 
Compensation: EG TV-L 13 
Percentage of weekly working hours (usually 39.5h = 100%): 50% 
Employment at the cooperation partner: No 
Location: Stuttgart, Campus Vaihingen 
If Location other than Stuttgart or additional location(s):
Contact Details
Contact person: Dongren Wang 
Phone: +49 711 68564046 

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