Postdoc in Organometallic Catalysis for CO2 Valorization


Are you interested in becoming part of a research team that studies the development of an organometallic catalytic method for upgrading CO2 under game changing mild conditions? As member of the Martin Nielsen group at DTU Chemistry, you will be co-responsible for developing on our disruptive methodology for converting CO2 to industrial commodities under environmentally benign conditions. A Carlsberg Foundation Young Researcher Fellowship funds the position, which is for 2.5 years beginning January 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your main challenges will be to rationally design and synthesize novel organometallic complexes tailored towards hydrogenative CO2 transformations as well as to develop and optimize the catalytic procedures. In addition, you will be become integral for mentoring and/or co-supervising students of all levels. Finally, acquisition of teaching experience is supported.

At best, you have a background in experimental chemistry and a strong commitment to research. Likewise, it will be an advantage if you are experienced with catalysis and inorganic chemistry, with focus on transition metal coordination chemistry or organometallic catalysis.

You are highly motivated, eager to seek and to share knowledge, able to work independently in a dynamic group environment, and confident in planning and carrying out complicated tasks. Good communication skills in both written and spoken English are expected.

In addition, for the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to

  • Scientific production and research potential at an international level
  • Scientific experience basis, preferably including international experience
  • Innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas
  • Ability and willingness to work and thrive in a highly ambitious research group that aims to establish new research fields, and thus is prepared to take greater scientific risks than the general trend is in academia
  • Ability to communicate scientific results at both an academic level and in layman’s terms
  • Ability to navigate in and contribute to an inclusive, diverse and multi-cultural working environment

Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 2.5 years beginning March 1, 2021, or as soon as possible.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Martin Nielsen, tel.: +45 2465 1045, e-mail:, or Head or Organic and Inorganic Chemistry Section, Professor Jens Øllgaard Duus, e-mail:

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 7 January 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications and presentations
  • Research plan for a project you envision you could work on while staying in my lab (maximum 2p including graphics and references)
  • Up to 2 recommendation letters or academic referees contact details

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.