PhD student position - in silico design of catalysts

veröffentlicht am: 12.10.2017

Institut, Seminar, Klinik / Institute, Department, Clinic

Department of Chemistry / Prof. Sandra Luber

Abteilungsbeschreibung / Description of UZH unit

Our group focuses on forefront computational methods and applications at the interface of chemistry, biology, physics, and materials science.

Aufgabenbereich / Responsibilities

The project deals with novel, accurate approaches for in-depth investigation and in silico design of catalysts for artificial solar-light driven water splitting. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with experimental groups and is embedded in the university research priority program “Solar Light to Chemical Energy Conversion” ( Methods used will include density functional theory and wavefunction-based approaches combined with ab initio molecular dynamics and enhanced sampling methods.

Anforderungen / Qualifications

The candidate must hold a Master’s degree in chemistry, physics, or related, and have profound English skills. The successful candidate will be creative, ambitious, and highly motivated. Strong programming skills and good knowledge about electronic structure theory, molecular dynamics and (transition metal-based) catalysis are an advantage.

Wir bieten / We offer

We offer an inspiring environment with cutting-edge resources and high-profile interdisciplinary collaborations.

Stellenantritt / This position opens on

As soon as possible or by agreement. The employment is limited to 4 years and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation

Auskunft erteilt / More information

For further information, please contact Prof. Sandra Luber by email or by phone 044 635 44 64.


Bewerbungen / Application

Interested applicants are encouraged to send their application documents (cover letter, CV, diploma, description of research experience and motivation, names of at least two academic references) as one pdf document per e-mail to Prof. Sandra Luber (email:

Prof. Dr. Sandra Luber
Department of Chemistry
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zürich