Department of Chemistry

Open PhD position in computational chemistry 80 %

Start of employment by agreement, temporary

A 4-year PhD student position is available in the Luber group at the Department of Chemistry at University of Zurich (Switzerland).

Our group focuses on forefront computational methods at the interface of chemistry, biology, physics, and materials science. For more details, see our group's website

Your responsibilities

The PhD project will deal with development and application of novel, accurate approaches for the study of functional catalytic compounds. A possible direction of the project is the development of advanced dynamic approaches for detailed and realistic study of reaction mechanisms and reaction networks considering in a sophisticated manner environmental effects (also under catalytic conditions). This can include the development of advanced enhanced sampling and machine learning approaches.

Our group has broad experience in modelling of reactions using DFT-MD, catalysis (such as water splitting), spectroscopy, excited states, and development of various other methodologies (e.g. in the CP2K package).

The project(s) may be carried out in close collaboration with experimental or other computational groups, for instance within the NCCR catalysis.

Your profile

The candidate must hold an excellent Master's degree in chemistry, interdisciplinary natural sciences, physics, or related, and have profound English and autonomous learning ability skills. The successful candidate will be highly creative, ambitious, and motivated. Strong programming skills and very good knowledge about electronic structure theory, (ab initio) molecular dynamics, catalysis, and machine learning are an advantage.

What we offer

Work-Life Balance
  • Flexible working models (such as part-time positions, mobile working, job-sharing)
  • Childcare at the kihz foundation of UZH and ETH

Learning and Development
  • Wide range of continuing education courses of UZH and the Canton of Zurich
  • Language Center run jointly with ETH Zurich

  • Food and drinks at reduced prices in the UZH cafeterias
  • Lunch-Check-card with UZH contribution

  • Special conditions on the Academic Sports Association ASVZ
  • Free seasonal flu vaccinations
  • Rest and relaxation at the quiet room in the university tower

  • Private traffic: Carsharing, rent a vehicle, parking space
  • Digitalization: Hardware, software, mobile phone subscriptions
  • Special conditions on hotel reservations

Conditions of Employment
  • Policies of the UZH
  • Most UZH staff are employed according to public law

International Services
  • Support for people from outside Switzerland

  • Campuses Zurich City, Zurich Irchel, Oerlikon and Schlieren
  • Sites Zurich West, Old Botanical Garden, Botanical Garden and Lengg



Information on your application

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their application documents (cover letter, CV, diplomas, description of research experience and motivation, names of at least two academic references) as one pdf document. The pdf can also include a one-page statement discussing one or two publications of the group with respect to what the applicant finds particularly interesting and what could be possible future improvements of the research described in the publication(s).

Applications arriving before June 30th will be considered preferentially, later applications will be examined until the position is filled.

Further information

Questions about the job

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