PhD- and Post Doc-Positions

Company:Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Location:Germany / Jena

Discipline:Light-driven Molecular Catalysts in Hierarchically Structured Materials – Synthesis and Mechanistic Studies

Employment Type:PhD- and Post Doc-Positions


All projects are funded by the German Science Foundation or the Austrian FWF via the program

Light-driven Molecular Catalysts in Hierarchically Structured Materials
– Synthesis and Mechanistic Studies

The Collaborative Research Center/Transregio 234 – CataLight – addresses fundamental challenges in the design of photoactive materials for solar energy conversion. Inspired by the design principles of natural photosynthesis, will provide fundamental insights into the performance of molecular photocatalysts embedded in functional and hierarchically structured soft matter materials. To this end, synthetic strategies are developed to tune the reactivity of molecular light-absorbers and catalysts as well as soft matter polymeric matrices. All components are optimized to create materials with synergies between molecular components and soft matter matrices for light-driven catalysis. Experimental and theoretical analyses across multiple length- and timescales will be used to rationalize photochemical reactivity and to understand new effects arising from embedding molecular components within a suitable matrix. The gained knowledge will be used to achieve novel material properties, e.g. materials capable of self-regulation and active repair, both, on a molecular and material level. CataLight will lead to new paradigms, which break down the current boundaries between the realms of molecule-based reactivity and bottom-up material design. This will result in fundamentally new, knowledge-guided concepts for light-driven productive chemistry in hybrid materials – opening new research opportunities for chemistry, biology and materials science.

Projects are carried out either at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany), Ulm University (Germany), the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany), the University of Vienna (Austria), the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research Mainz (MPI-P, Germany) and the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology Jena (Leibniz-IPHT, Germany).

Salaries are competitive (in Germany: TV-L + allowance depending on the candidate's profile, in Austria: praedoc), participation at the Integrated Research Training Group (iRTG). Equal opportunities are a cornerstone of our staff policy.


Candidates with an MSc or equivalent degree in Chemistry, Physics, Material Science or a related discipline, with an overall grade of at least “good”, are strongly encouraged to apply. The candidate should be fluent in English, be able to integrate in a team, work independently and have good organizational as well as communication skills. Scientific curiosity with an open attitude to work interdisciplinary in the framework of international collaborations is also expected in such large-scale projects.


Further information about actual projects can be found on

If you think you fit the job, please send your full application together with a letter of motivation and a minimum of 1 reference letter to specifying Ref. TRR234-PN (PN is the project number) in the subject line. Please only apply to not more than 3 open positions. Suitable candidates will be invited to an assessment workshop (in person or online) held in July.

Application Deadline: 5th of August 2022

Spokesperson of the CRC/Transregio at the at the Coordinating University

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Dietzek-Ivanšić
Institute of Physical Chemistry
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Helmholtzweg 4
D-07743 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 948360
Fax: +49 3641 948302

Co-Spokesperson of the CRC/Transregio at Ulm University

Prof. Dr. Sven Rau
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry I
Ulm University
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
D-89081 Ulm
Phone: +49 731 5023900
Fax: +49 731 5023039

Management of the CRC/Transregio at the Coordinating University

Dr. Martin Schulz
Institute of Physical Chemistry
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Helmholtzweg 4
D-07743 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 948396
Fax: +49 3641 948302

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