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PhD: Organometallic Chemistry & Catalysis

Experimental organometallic chemistry of early transition metals and mechanistic studies in multicomponent catalytic systems

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2840 per maand


The work of the ISE group focuses on the development of new computational methods to aid the design and synthesis of new base metal hydrogenation catalysts. The advertised PhD project will focus on experimental organometallic chemistry of early transition metals and mechanistic studies in multicomponent catalytic systems. The successful candidates will work closely with theoretical chemists and become a member of an interdisciplinary research team working on experimental and theoretical challenges of modern catalysis science and inorganic chemistry.


Successful applicants should hold a Master’s degree (or the equivalent) and have a background in organometallic, inorganic chemistry and catalysis. An interest in exploratory research and a high degree of independence are essential. Experience in synthetic organic chemistry is highly desirable. Communication skills are important, and applicants should have a high level of proficiency in written and spoken English. The successful candidate will be expected to cooperate closely with other members of the research team as well as with external collaborators from both industry and academia.


The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers child care and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit graduateschool.tudelft.nl/ for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Evgeny Pidko, phone: +31 (0)15-2781938, e-mail: e.a.pidko@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 1 March 2018 to Mrs. W.C.M. Stolwijk, w.c.m.stolwijk@tudelft.nl.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWCE18-003.

Additional information

Evgeny Pidko
+31 (0)15-2781938

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

Faculty Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,800 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics.

The mission of the Department of Chemical Engineering (ChemE) is to generate knowledge and educate people in the area of nanochemical engineering to improve the quality of life for a sustainable society, focusing on energy, water, health, and the environment.

The Inorganic Systems Engineering (ISE) group led by Dr. E.A. Pidko (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Evgeny_Pidko;https://www.tudelft.nl/en/faculty-of-applied-sciences/about-faculty/departments/chemical-engineering/people/evgeny-pidko/) was officially started at the ChemE Dept. in Sept. 2017. Our key interests are directed towards the creation of a mechanistic description of chemical processes in complex environments and translation of such fundamental knowledge into design rules for new technologies relevant to sustainable chemistry, functional materials, and catalysis. The cornerstone of our research ideology is the interdisciplinary approach based on a complementary use of advanced theory and experiments which are not limited by the boundaries of classical research disciplines.