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Research Assistant (m/f/d)


The Institute of Physical Chemistry (work group Prof. Dr. Doreen Mollenhauer), Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, within the LOEWE-project "Principles of surface-supported synthesis strategies - PriOSS"invites applications for part-time position to the extent of 50 % full-time equivalent as a


Research Assistant (m/f/d)

as of now.


The position is available for a limited period of 3 years at the next possible date. The salary of the position is determined by payment group E 13 according to the collective labor agreement of the State of Hesse (TV-H).



  • Perform quantum chemical calculations to model surface reactions on different length scales.
  • The reaction mechanisms of the surface reactions are elucidated and the binding nature is analysed
  • Density functional theory, wave function based and semiempirical methods as well as machine learning are used
  • Further, (ab initio) molecular dynamics simulations will be performed and a reactive force field for surface-assisted synthesis will be developed.
  • The results are to be documented, evaluated and subsequently published. There will be a close cooperation with experimental and theoretical working groups


Requirement profile:

  • You have successfully completed a scientific education at a University (diploma or master’s degree) in chemistry, physics or material science with very good study achievements in theoretical chemistry /quantum chemistry
  • We expect extensive knowledge in the field of theoretical chemistry / material modelling
  • Ideally, you have experience in the field of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and modelling surface reactions. The project involves intensive scientific exchange with scientists from experimental work groups
  • This requires a very good command of the English language, the willingness to participate in international cooperation’s, excellent communication skills and an interest in interdisciplinary issues


Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) aims to employ more women in academic research. We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply. JLU is regarded as a family-friendly university. Applicants with children are very welcome. Applications from disabled people of equal aptitude will be given preference.


You want to break new ground with us?

Apply via our online form by September 28th, 2021, indicating reference number 452/08. We look forward to receiving your application.