Automation and artificial intelligence have the power to revolutionize the way we carry out synthetic organic chemistry. Are you interested in helping us to contribute to this revolution and are you interested in flow chemistry, automation and machine learning? If the answer is yes, than we might have something for you. We are seeking postdoctoral researchers who are interested in interdisciplinary research and have a background in chemical engineering, machine learning or automated flow technology.

What are you going to do

You are expected:

  • to be active in the development of a reaction discovery platform for photocatalysis, publishing in high level international journals, presenting at leading conferences and supervising PhD students;
  • to be working at the interface between organic synthetic chemistry, machine learning and chemical engineering;
  • to be aiding in the attraction of external funding;
  • to be open to collaborations with other institutes and/or companies by presenting your work to these collaborators and to transfer the technology to the company.

What do we require

  • a PhD in chemical engineering or technical chemistry;
  • strong interest in machine learning and reaction automation;
  • the ability and willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team;
  • a strong desire to work with the newest technologies, e.g. flow chemistry or automation technology;
  • you are able to show leadership and are able to manage a small research team.

Our offer 

A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting on January 1, 2023 for the duration of 12 months. 

Based on a full-time contract (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from € 2,960 to € 4,670 (scale 10), depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract. This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable. The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer

  • a function in which initiative is strongly valued;
  • an enthusiastic team that welcomes new members;
  • an inspiring academic and international environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

About us

The Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is one of eight institutes of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Faculty of Science (FNWI). HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. This is done in close cooperation with the chemical, flavour & food, medical and high-tech industries. Research is organized into four themes: Analytical ChemistryComputational ChemistrySynthesis & Catalysis and Molecular Photonics.

The Flow Chemistry Group’s mission is to expand the available chemical space by embracing technology to the fullest extent. The aim of the Flow Chemistry group (a.k.a. the Noël Research Group) is to build bridges between chemical engineering and organic synthetic chemistry. Consequently, long-standing problems in synthetic chemistry can be overcome, which includes scalability, gas-liquid reactions, photochemistry, electrochemistry and the generation and use of hazardous reagents. This allows us to effectively expand the available chemical space by bringing overlooked or avoided reagents into play.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterized by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society. Here you can read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


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Job Application

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by November 15, 2022. You can apply online by using the link below. We will recruit until a suitable candidate is found and close the vacancy thereafter.

Applications in .pdf should include:
•    a motivation letter and CV, including a list of publications.

Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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