Research Assistant/Associate (f/m/d)

PhD Thesis in Organic Chemistry



Meike Niggemann


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Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet für Organische Chemie

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Topic description

Electrophilic nitrogen reagents have become increasingly popular in many areas of chemistry. In these, a N-X bond (X: O, S, halogen, etc.) realizes the Umpolung of the nitrogen's natural nucleophilic character. As a straightforward access to these reagents, we recently realized a boron mediated partial reduction of commercially available nitro compounds. This strategy is beneficial in several ways: The synthesis of the electrophilic nitrogen reagent is unnecessary, and nitro compounds are directly transformed into a functionalized amine without the detour to the amine.

Where you will be

With more than 100 doctoral students/postdocs from over 20 different countries, the Institute of Organic Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University provides a vibrant and international working atmosphere. This includes a regular seminar program with top international speakers. In the Niggemann group we work together to solve every ones problems, welcome and respect even foolish ideas, and talk to our boss much more often than in bigger groups. We are fully equipped for all kinds of organic chemistry including a glove-box, HPLC systems (also preparative) and have unrestricted access to the institute’s analytic facilities and the university’s compute cluster which is one of the biggest in Europe.  

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Who you are

You should have a university degree (Master or equivalent) in chemistry with a focus on synthetic organic chemistry or organometallic catalysis. A genuine enthusiasm for organic chemistry and method development as well as mechanistic analysis should be accompanied by an excellent work ethic and the ability to work independently in small teams. A sound knowledge of both, written and spoken English is mandatory as it is the institute’s working language, German is optional.

Your Duties and Responsibilities

What you will achieve during your PhD

Research:  While developing further applications of nitro compounds as electrophilic amination reagents you will design new reactions and catalytic cycles, directly go ahead and test your design concepts in the lab and eventually optimize and explore successful transformations. To fully understand your new reactions you will accompany all stages of method development with in-depth mechanistic analysis from time resolved NMR analysis to DFT-based computational analysis. To show your new reactions to the world, you will learn how to compose academic scientific manuscripts for publications and present your work at conferences.

Mentoring/Teaching: You will develop your leadership skills during the supervision of undergraduate students, and the mentoring of bachelor/master students.

What We Offer

The successful candidate will be employed under a regular employment contract.
The position is to be filled at the earliest possible date and offered for a fixed term of 3 years.
The fixed-term employment is possible as it constitutes one of the fixed-term options of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (German Act on Fixed-term Scientific Contracts).
This is a part-time position (50 % of the standard weekly hours for full-time employees).
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position.
The salary is based on the German public service salary scale (TV-L).
The position corresponds to a pay grade of EG 13 TV-L.

About us

RWTH is a certified family-friendly University. We support our employees in maintaining a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advising, and prevention services, for example university sports. Employees who are covered by collective bargaining agreements and civil servants have access to an extensive range of further training courses and the opportunity to purchase a job ticket.
RWTH is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly from groups that are underrepresented at the University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or age. RWTH is strongly committed to encouraging women in their careers. Female applicants are given preference if they are equally suitable, competent, and professionally qualified, unless a fellow candidate is favored for a specific reason.
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Application deadline:31/07/2022
Mailing Address:RWTH Aachen University
Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet für Organische Chemie
Prof.Dr. Meike Niggemann
Landoltweg 1
52074 Aachen
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