PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

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15 May 1 Jul Amsterdam

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Job description

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

The Fernández-Ibáñez group is currently offering a PhD position on an exciting research programme, which was funded by the NWO (M1 grant) ‘Reversing the conventional site-selectivity in C-H activation processes’.

The Synthetic Organic Chemistry group is part of the Sustainable Chemistry theme, which is a Research Priority Area (RPA) of the University of Amsterdam. The RPAs represent the excellence of UvA in terms of research and worldwide recognition.

What are you going to do?
You are expected to do original and fundamental research on the field of Pd-catalyzed C-H functionalization.

You will:
  • Develop new sustainable methodologies for the synthesis of existing as well as new molecules;
  • Understanding the reaction mechanism of Pd-catalyzed C-H functionalzaition processes;
  • Present your results in seminars, international workshops and conferences;
  • Write articles for peer-reviewed scientific journals;
  • Perform teaching duties related with Organic Chemistry;
  • Supervise projects for Bachelor and Master students.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


  • A recent MSc. degree in a relevant subject related to organic chemistry. If you plan to finish your Masters before September 2023, you can still apply. The starting date of your PhD contract will be slightly after the date that you obtain your Master;
  • Excellent lab skills and background in organic synthesis are essential;
  • Skills and experience in catalysis and organometallic chemistry will be beneficial;
  • Being able to work both independently and as a team member;
  • Good time management skills and take charge of your PhD project;
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Conditions of employment

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week, preferably starting on September 1, 2023 for the duration of four years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended to a total duration of four years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and Masters students.

Based on a full-time contract (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from € 2,541.- in the first year to € 3,247.- (scale P) in the last year. 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.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer
  • A function in which initiative is strongly valued;
  • An enthusiastic team that welcomes new members;
  • An inspiring academic and international environment in the heart of Amsterdam.


Faculty of Science

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 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.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterized by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society. Here you can read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • 11610


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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