Department of Chemistry

PhD Student Position: Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Photochemistry
60 %

We are searching for an outstanding candidate for a PhD student position in physical chemistry to work with the Ambizione group leader Dr. Bogdan Dereka in collaboration with the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Peter Hamm. We are establishing a new group and aiming to study the fundamental chemical phenomena and reactivity at buried and electrified interfaces that are of immense interest in many fields of basic and applied science and technology.

Your responsibilities

The project will deal with the advancement of surface-sensitive ultrafast spectroscopy and photochemistry techniques, surface preparation and characterization, investigation of ultrafast photoinduced phenomena with time-resolved IR and multidimensional sprectroscopy methods.

Your profile

The candidate must hold a Master's degree in Chemistry/Physics/interdisciplinary Natural Sciences or a closely related field. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, ambitious and creative, and should have strong independent learning skills. Expertise in spectroscopy/ surface science/ electrochemistry is welcome. Strong communication and writing skills in English are required.

What we offer

You will be working in a vibrant and dynamic research group in a highly interdisciplinary inspiring environment at the intersection of spectroscopy, surface science, photo- and electrochemistry. We offer state-of-the-art ultrafast spectroscopy techniques in a brand-new research building with cutting-edge resources and scientific infrastructure and high-profile interdisciplinary collaborations with synthesis and theory groups all over the world. You will have an opportunity to contribute to national and international scholarly meetings. Salary starts from 47'040 CHF/year.

Place of work

University of Zurich (Irchel Campus)
Department of Chemistry
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich

Start of employment

Employment start in February or March 2022, upon agreement.
We encourage excellent candidates to apply regardless of their nationality, race, skin color, gender or any other personal identities.
Please submit your application as a single pdf file to Bogdan Dereka. The application materials should include: CV, motivation letter/statement of research interests and experience, academic transcripts, names of at least two references who will send letters of recommendation directly to Bogdan Dereka upon request.

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