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    Universität Leipzig
    ChemistryPhysical chemistry
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    05/06/2020 23:00 - Europe/London
    Germany › Leipzig

Junior RESEARCH Group Leader (m/f/d)

in the area of Physical Chemistry of Reactive Intermediates (E15 with Tenure Track to W2)


provisionally limited for the duration of an externally funded project and for a maximum of six years.

The Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy seeks to fill the above mentioned position at the earliest opportunity. The Institute’s highly internationally visible research centres on the study of gas phase clusters, nanoparticles and interfaces, inter alia, using state-of-the-art mass spectrometric, laser spectrometric and theoretical approaches. The research profile of the Faculty focuses on Sustainable Chemistry, including topics such as Functional Materials and Systems, Biomolecular Systems, Catalysis and Molecular Design. Research within these focal points is oriented in a strongly interdisciplinary manner. It encompasses the participation of work groups from all institutes and collaborations with other faculties as well as non-university facilities like the Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM) and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).



  • Close collaboration with the working groups of the Faculty in research and teaching.
  • Participation and further development of recent and future collaborative research projects within the Faculty and the University. The candidate’s research fields should enhance and strengthen established activities at the Institute, and complement the research focus of the Faculty as well as the University’s research profile areas.
  • The holder of the position will contribute to teaching at the Faculty in BSc and MSc Chemistry courses, in particular in the fields of Physical Chemistry, Molecular Mass Spectrometry and Gas Phase Chemistry, both in German and English.
  • Active participation in the academic self-administration of the Faculty.


  • Proof of distinguished performance in a current area of Physical Chemistry; in particular, experience in the preparation and investigation of tailor-made functional materials and active substances from molecular fragment ions.
  • Research experience in the fields of preparative mass spectrometry and of functionalization and activation of inert compounds such as N2, CO2 or alkanes in the gas phase.
  • A PhD degree along with outstanding academic achievements and internationally visible research activity.
  • The applicant has successfully applied for a grant in an international, science-oriented and competitive programme such as the DFG’s Emmy Noether Programme, an ERC Starting Grant or a Freigeist Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation. The acquired external funding is available for the research applied for and for financing the position at Leipzig University.

No later than at the beginning of the penultimate year of employment, a tenure evaluation will be conducted under the Regulations on the Constitution, Procedure and Evaluation of Tenure Track Professorships at Leipzig University (TTO). The evaluation procedure is based on a binding, mutual evaluation agreement concluded at the start of employment, which sets out the development goals and expectations with regard to the job holder’s individual performance in the categories of research, teaching, knowledge transfer as well as academic and non-university commitment. After successful tenure evaluation and approval by the Saxon State Ministry of Science, Culture and Tourism, appointment to a permanent W2 professorship will take place pursuant to No. 4.3 of Leipzig University’s Quality Assurance Concept for Professorial Appointments Without Advertising the Position (QSK) in combination with the Regulations on the Constitution, Procedure and Evaluation of Tenure Track Professorships at Leipzig University (TTO).

Applications with the usual documents, enclosing a detailed CV, a list of publications and a certified copy of the certificate of the highest academic degree, and proof of the successfully acquired research grant, should be sent, preferably also in digital form as one PDF document, quoting the reference number 101/2020 to:

Leipzig University

Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy

Professor Roger Gläser

Johannisallee 29

04103 Leipzig



by no later than 05 June 2020.

Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability. Leipzig University is committed to gender equality.

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Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Linnéstr. 2

EURAXESS offer ID: 526577


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