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Research Associate for the Project “BioValCat” with PhD target § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

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Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications. They may also pursue doctoral studies outside of working duties.

The five-year project “BioValCat” (Enhanced Biomass Valorisation by Engineering of Polyoxometalate Catalysts), funded by the ERC Consolitator Grant 2022, aims to enable 100% carbon efficiency from complex biomass by developing innovative POM catalyst-solvent systems for aerobic and anaerobic applications and to develop this into an innovative and widely applicable process technology.

Recent research has shown that POM catalysts can completely suppress the undesired total oxidation to CO2 under oxidative conditions when methanol is used as a (co-)solvent. Manipulating molecular catalysts such as POMs in solution by tuning the solvent properties and gas atmospheres introduces a new paradigm in homogeneous-catalysed biomass valorisation technologies. The BioValCat project aims for developing this technology towards an industrial viable biomass valorisation process by laying the foundations for a scalable, safe and economic process for the oxidation of biomass to valuable carboxylic acid esters.

We are seeking a chemist with interest and experience in one of the following areas: multiphase catalysis, electrocatalysis, reaction mechanisms, kinetics, molecular catalysis. Tasks include conducting reaction kinetic studies, elucidating reaction mechanisms, investigating mass transport processes in multiphase systems, as well as developing and testing novel catalyst systems for catalytic conversion of biomass.


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A university degree in a relevant field.

This position is preferably suitable for employees with a completed university degree in Applied Chemistry, Molecular Science, Electrochemistry, or Technical Chemistry. Applications from graduates of universities of applied sciences are explicitly welcome. Candidates should have the ability to work independently and creatively, critically evaluate their own results, and collaborate within a broader research team. Good English language skills are required. We place great emphasis on interdisciplinarity and communication skills. Experience in working safely in chemical laboratories as well as prior knowledge in chemical reaction engineering or technical chemistry are desirable.

We offer

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Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
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Continuing education opportunities
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University pensions
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Attractive location
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Flexible working hours
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Work-life balance opportunities
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Health management

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Educational leave

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30 days of vacation per annum

Universität Hamburg—University of Excellence is one of the strongest research educational institutions in Germany. Our work in research, teaching, educational and knowledge exchange activities is fostering the next generation of responsible global citizens ready to tackle the global challenges facing us. Our guiding principle “Innovating and Cooperating for a Sustainable Future” drives collaboration with academic and nonacademic partner institutions in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and around the world. We would like to invite you to be part of our community to work with us in creating sustainable and digital change for a dynamic and pluralist society.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.


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