Postdoctoral position Stratingh Institute of Chemistry Groningen (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 35.000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global center of knowledge.

The mission of the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry is to perform excellent research and teaching in molecular and supramolecular chemistry. Core activities in the chemical sciences such as bioorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, molecular inorganic chemistry and molecular materials chemistry are embedded in the institute. The research programme is focused on synthesis, catalysis, functional materials, bio-organic chemistry/chemical biology and systems chemistry/complex molecular systems.

The Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC) is the Dutch national research centre which investigates chemical building blocks for novel sustainable energy and materials. It is a public-private organisation in which academic, industrial and governmental partners are cooperating intensively.

Job description

The aim of this postdoc position is to develop new sustainable building blocks for coatings based on renewable materials. Photo- or redox- mediated chemical synthesis will be used to produce building blocks that can replace current monomers in coatings formulations. In this project, we aim to demonstrate the use of bio-based feedstock, low-waste sustainable transformations using light or electricity, novel monomers and ‘step-in solution’ for some current coating formulations.
This project is supported by the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC-CBBC -, a large national consortium of academic and industrial partners. The postdoc will be required to interact with academic and industrial collaborators during regular update meetings.


Applicants must have obtained a PhD in organic chemistry or polymer chemistry or a related field. The candidate should also have experience in the following technical areas:

1) organic synthesis including polymer synthesis
2) polymer materials
3) mechanical and spectroscopic characterisation techniques.

Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent scientific research successfully are desirable. Strong written and verbal communication skills in English are also required. It is expected that the postdoc stays up-to-date with the recent developments in the field, develops research ideas, writes research papers and project reports/deliverables in a timely manner. Working together in a team of other PhD, MSc and BSc students who will work on different aspects of the same project is required. It is also the postdoc’s responsibility to maintain some of the lab instruments.

The postdoc will work in the group of synthetic organic chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Ben Feringa.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

The University of Groningen offers, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary from a minimum of € 3,353 (salary scale 10.4) up to a maximum of € 3,619 (salary scale 10.6) gross per month for a full-time position depending of relevant experience and training
• a gross holiday allowance of 8%
• a gross 8.3% year-end bonus
• a position for a period of 1 year.

The preferred starting date is as soon as possible after 1 August 2021

Job Application

Interested applicants are required to submit:

• a curriculum vitae (include a list of three references with contact information including phone number and email address); and
• a motivation letter (please specify your relevant experience that makes you suitable for this exact project).

You can submit your application until 8 April 11:59 / before 9 April 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Ben Feringa

Nicole Imholz

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221120

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