Opening For Postdoc Organocatalysis in Microreactors : Wageningen

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Opening For Postdoc Organocatalysis in Microreactors : Wageningen

 We are looking for an enthusiastic and productive postdoctoral synthetic organic chemist with additional expertise in organocatalysis, microreactor-based chemistry and/or surface-bound organic chemistry. The project focusses on organocatalysis, and specifically on the development, immobilization and use of catalysts for a range of enantioselective organocatalytic reactions.
As a postdoctoral researcher, you will synthesize the catalysts, graft these onto an solid medium that can be embedded into the microreactor, characterize such modified substrates using a range of surface-sensitive techniques, and study and optimize the conversion of the reaction products.
This is a highly multidisciplinary project in which several universities and companies collaborate intensively.
 
Requirements
For this position we request the candidate to hold a PhD degree in (synthetic) organic chemistry. Hands-on experience with enantioselective reactions, microreactors and/or surface chemistry is desired. Also, you are a highly motivated and ambitious researcher with a proven track record of scientific excellence. We expect you to be able to perform independent research, have good communicational and social skills, be fluent in English and are eager to engage in collaborations with co-workers.
 
Terms of employment
We offer a temporary position with an average working time of 38 hours per week for the period of 1 year. Gross salary € 3830,- maximum per month depending on experience.
 
We not only offer a competitive salary but also good (study) leave and a pension of the ABP Pension Fund.
 
Contact information
For more information about this position, please contact. prof. Han Zuilhof, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, e-mail han.zuilhof@wur.nl.
For more information about the contractual aspects, please contact Mrs. N. de Vries, HR advisor, telephone number: +31 (0)317 485677.
 
Interested?
You can apply online at http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Jobs.htm until 26 August 2014.
 
About Wageningen UR
The Organic Chemistry group (www.orc.wur.nl) constitutes a large, multidisciplinary team involved in research and teaching in organic chemistry. Our research is focused on surface-related and bio-organic chemistry, which can be defined as: Study and development of organic reactions and reactivity of (bio-)organic molecules and structures at or relevant for surfaces. Themes are:
 
Surface-bound analytical chemistry
Synthesis of bio-active molecules (by organic synthesis and/or enzymes)
Interactive surfaces
The laboratory is well-equipped with a unique set of analytical instruments for bio-organic materials and surfaces, including NMR, AFM, XRD, XPS, scanning Auger, SEM, FTIR, SPR, UV, time-resolved absorption and fluorescence, mass spectrometers, chromatography facilities, etc. with the corresponding technical staff. In addition to this, the embedding within Wageningen University and Research Centre adds ample biological input into our focus on surface chemistry-based research.
The Organic Chemistry group plays an important role in the teaching of many students at Wageningen University, mainly first year students, but also second year and MSc students. Topics include introductory and advanced organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and spectroscopy, synthesis and reaction mechanisms, bionanotechnology, etc.
 
The Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group is part of Wageningen UR where fundamental and applied sciences complement each other. As an important international player, we carry out top-level research and work alongside authoritative partners within the international business world as well as the government on 'Healthy food in a biobased society'. We have a crucial role in innovations within the market. Entrepreneurship and professionalism are what define us. In short, we are an interesting, international employer of stature.
 
Wageningen University and Research centre
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don't do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on 'the quality of life', turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.
 
Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.
 
For further information about working at Wageningen UR, take a look at http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Jobs.htm.