Postdoc Sustainable Catalysis (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a research university, currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists. The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University, offering first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines.

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 research program of the Feringa group is focused on synthetic and physical organic chemistry. Inspired by Nature's principles of molecular assembly, recognition, transport, motion and catalysis, the goal is to exploit the full potential of synthetic chemistry to create new structures and functions. A major part of the research is directed towards dynamic molecular systems. The focus is on molecular nanoscience, novel responsive materials and photo-pharma exploring biohybrid systems, self-assembly, molecular switches and motors. A second part of the program deals with the development (and application in chemical biology) of novel stereoselective synthesis methods and asymmetric catalysis. Chirality is a leading theme and over the years a unique and broad expertise in fundamental aspects of stereochemistry has been acquired including chiroptical phenomena, chiral amplification and origin of chirality.

Job description

For a collaborative project with an industrial partner, we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the field sustainable catalysis and carbohydrate conversion. The research will be performed under the guidance of prof. Ben Feringa, in the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry. The research is part of the joint academic-industrial program of the national center for sustainable chemistry ARC-CBBC. The subject is confidential but will be discussed during the application process.


We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

• a PhD degree in chemistry or a related field
• knowledge and skills in synthetic organic chemistry, catalysis and/or green chemistry
• a relevant publication record demonstrating your ability to publish international academic publications, preferably in top tier peer-reviewed journals
• a clear interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research
• the ability to manage the collaboration with the industrial partner
• the ability to communicate verbally and in written form in English
• ability to work independently and manage joint research activities
• experience working in industry is a plus.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary based on qualifications and experience of starting at € 3,111 gross per month (salary scale 10.2)
• excellent secondary terms of employment
• a fulltime position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus
• 232 holiday hours per calendar year for full time employment
• participation in a pension scheme for employees
• a personal budget of € 1,000 per year for additional training and career activities.
• a temporary appointment for a specified period of 12 months.

Starting date is flexible

Job Application

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, you’re requested to upload the following documents:

• a motivation letter stating your motivation to apply for the position and your key qualities relevant for this position
• an up-to-date curriculum vitae, including a publication record
• contact information of two academic references.

You can submit your application until 30 November 11:59pm / before 1 December 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 and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you 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:

Dr Nicole Imholz

Prof. Ben Feringa

Dr. Anouk Lubbe

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221633

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