43,000 students and 8,000 employees in teaching, research and administration, all working together to shape perspectives for the future – that is the University of Münster. Embedded in the vibrant atmosphere of Münster with its high standard of living, the University’s diverse research profile and attractive study programmes draw students and researchers throughout Germany and from around the world.

The Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a

Doctoral Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in, salary level TV-L E 13, 50%)

commencing on 1 November 2024. We are offering a part-time position (50%) on a fixed-term basis for three years.

Full-time employees are required to teach four hours per week during the semester.

Your tasks:

  • Enantioselective photocatalysis and synthesis of new structural motifs for applications in medicinal chemistry and agrochemistry
  • Spectroscopic investigations of new reaction processes
  • Careful characterisation of the conformational and physicochemical properties of the new catalysts and products
  • Development of photocatalysis methods and mechanistic investigations

This position is tied to working towards a doctoral qualification.

Our expectations:

  • A degree in chemistry (master’s or equivalent) is required.
  • Experience in multistep synthesis, photocatalysis and organometallic chemistry is also required. -
  • The ability to fully characterise small organic molecules using standard techniques (e.g. NMR and mass spectrometry) is also essential.
  • A good command of written and spoken English is essential.
  • German language skills are not required, but a desire to learn would be advantageous.
  • A solid foundation in physical organic chemistry and an interest in reaction mechanisms would be advantageous.

Advantages for you:

  • Appreciation, commitment, openness and respect – values that are important to us.
  • Our broad range of diverse work-time models offers great flexibility – also when working from home.
  • If you have family members or young children in your care, our Family Service Office offers concrete support to help you balance your private and professional responsibilities.
  • As an educational institution, we are deeply committed to offering professional training and continuing education opportunities tailored to your individual needs.
  • From A – Z, Aikido to Zumba, our sport and health programmes ensure a healthy work-life balance.
  • As a university employee, you are entitled to numerous benefits afforded to public servants, e.g. an attractive company pension scheme (VBL), an annual end-of-year bonus and a position that is shielded from economic fluctuations

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions.

We actively encourage applications by women. Women with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered unless these are outweighed by reasons which necessitate the selection of another candidate.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof Ryan Gilmour (+49 251 83 33721 /

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 2024-07-19. at

University of Münster

Institute of Organic Chemistry

Prof Ryan Gilmour

Corrensstr. 36/40

48149 Münster


You can also send your application electronically in PDF format to

Please note that we cannot consider any other file formats

Reference number: 2024_06_42

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