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RWTH Aachen - ITMC; CAT Catalytic Center

CAT Cata­ly­tic Cen­ter is a col­la­bo­ra­tive rese­arch faci­lity of RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity and Cove­s­tro AG, where an inter­na­tio­nal and inter­di­sci­pli­nary team of around 30 dedi­ca­ted rese­ar­chers is working in a state of the art 400+ m2 rese­arch faci­lity. At CAT Cata­ly­tic Cen­ter rese­ar­chers work in a close coope­ra­tion tog­e­ther with aca­de­mia and indus­try to find inno­va­tive solu­ti­ons and deve­lop mole­cu­les to new pro­ducts. This coope­ra­tive rese­arch pro­vi­des both part­ners an ideal forum for gene­ra­ting ideas, being part of a joint deve­lop­ment and tur­ning them into future app­li­ca­ti­ons. App­lied cata­ly­sis and sustainable deve­lop­ment for poly­mers are some of the key rese­arch topics at CAT Cata­ly­tic Cen­ter. Our goal is to improve pro­ces­ses and create new pro­ducts and ther­eby save energy and reduce car­bon dioxide emis­si­ons. 

Postdoctoral position in applied polymer and organic chemistry at CAT Catalytic Center

Work­ing field:

We encou­rage highly moti­va­ted young sci­en­tists to apply for the open posi­tion. You will be part of an inter­na­tio­nal and inter­di­sci­pli­nary rese­arch team. With your exper­tise you will con­tri­bute to the deve­lop­ment of new pro­ces­ses based on alter­na­tive raw mate­ri­als for the pro­duc­tion of sustainable high per­for­mance poly­mers. Your tasks will fur­ther include the che­mi­cal deve­lop­ment and impro­ve­ment of cata­ly­tic sys­tems and their eva­lua­tion and tes­ting under indus­trial scale con­di­ti­ons.


App­li­cants must have a doc­to­rate/Ph.D. or equi­va­lent.
  • Highly moti­va­ted, open-min­ded and solu­tion-ori­en­ted orga­nic che­mist/poly­mer che­mist with a track record in app­lied homo­ge­ne­ous/organo cata­ly­sis and/or che­mi­cal pro­cess deve­lop­ment
  • PhD degree in che­mi­stry or che­mi­cal engi­nee­ring
  • Expe­ri­ence in orga­nic syn­the­sis
  • Hands-on expe­ri­ence in cata­ly­tic poly­mer syn­the­sis and/or ther­mo­plastic mate­ri­als is an advan­tage
  • Expe­ri­ence in pro­ject manage­ment and good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills
  • Flu­ent in writ­ten and spo­ken Eng­lish

What we of­fer:

The posi­tion is for 1 year and is to be fil­led as soon as pos­si­ble. This is a full-time posi­tion.

The salary cor­re­sponds to level EG 13 TV-L.

RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity is cer­ti­fied as a "Family-Fri­endly Uni­ver­sity". We wel­come app­li­ca­ti­ons from all sui­ta­bly qua­li­fied can­di­da­tes regard­less of gen­der. We par­ti­cu­larly wel­come and encou­rage app­li­ca­ti­ons from women, dis­ab­led per­sons and eth­nic mino­rity groups, reco­gni­zing they are under­re­p­re­sen­ted across RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity. The princi­ples of fair and open com­pe­ti­tion apply and appoint­ments will be made on merit. RWTH Aachen is an equal oppor­tu­nities employer. We the­re­fore ask you not to include a photo in your app­li­ca­tion. For infor­ma­tion on the collec­tion of per­so­nal data pur­suant to Arti­cles 13 and 14 of the Gene­ral Data Pro­tec­tion Regu­la­tion (GDPR), please visit:

How to ap­ply:

For further details, please contact
Veronica Grüntzig
Tel.: +49 (0) 2418028594
Fax: +49 (0) 2418022593

For further information, please visit our website at:

Please send your application by January 5, 2020 to
Annika Gramberger
ITMC, CAT Catalytic Center, RWTH Aachen University
Worringerweg 2
52074 Aachen

You can also send your application via email to Please note, however, that communication via unencrypted e-mail poses a threat to confidentiality as it is potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access by third parties.