Postdoctoral position in automation of chemical processes and machine learning

Postdoctoral position in automation of chemical processes and machine learning

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1 Mar 31 Mar Amsterdam

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Job description

Are you exceptionally interested in the combination automation of organic chemistry with cutting-edge machine learning algorithms? Do you like to work in a team of young researchers? We are seeking a postdoctoral candidate who is interested in interdisciplinary research and likes technological advances in organic synthesis.

What are you going to do?

As postdoctoral researcher in automation of chemical processes and machine learning you:

  • are expected to be active in chemical engineering and have an interest in machine learning and digitization of chemistry. You should also be interested in developing automated solutions for Flow Chemistry;
  • will be publishing in high level international journals, presenting at leading conferences and supervising PhD students;
  • will be aiding in the attraction of external funding;
  • are open to collaborations with other institutes and/or companies by presenting your work to these collaborators and to transfer the technology to the company.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


What do we require?

  • a PhD in chemical engineering or related fields;
  • a strong scientific expertise in machine learning;
  • the ability and willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team;
  • a strong desire to work with the newest technologies, e.g. flow chemistry or automation technology;
  • you are able to show leadership and are able to manage a small research team.

Conditions of employment

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 May 2021. for the duration of six months. An extension for 1,5 years subsequently follows if we assess your performance positive.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,790 to €4,402 (scale 10) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week. This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.


University of Amsterdam

With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.  

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


Faculty of Science - Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is one of eight institutes of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Faculty of Science. HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. This is done in close cooperation with the chemical, flavour & food, medical and high-tech industries. Research is organized into four themes: Synthesis & Catalysis, Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry and Molecular Photonics.

Research in the Noël Research Group encompasses the development of new catalytic strategies and technologies for chemical synthesis. We strive to develop new technological tools which are of interest to the organic chemistry community and can overcome challenges in synthetic organic chemistry. The aim of the Noël group is to build bridges between chemical engineering and organic synthetic chemistry. Consequently, long-standing problems in synthetic chemistry can be overcome, which includes scalability, gas-liquid reactions, photochemistry, electrochemistry and the generation and use of hazardous reagents. This allows us to effectively expand the available chemical space by bringing overlooked or avoided reagents into play.


  • Postdoc
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2790—€4402 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 21-133


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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