Department of Chemistry



Research Associate - University of Siegen in Germany

With about 20,000 students, around 2,000 staff members - of which about 1,200 are scientists - the University of Siegen in Germany is an innovative and interdisciplinary-oriented university. With a broad range of subjects from humanities and social sciences to economic sciences to natural and engineering sciences, it offers an excellent teaching and research environment with a large number of inter- and transdisciplinary research projects. The University of Siegen offers diverse possibilities to reconcile career and family. Therefore, it has been certified as a family-friendly university since 2006 and offers a Dual Career Service.


In the Faculty IV - School of Science and Technology - the University of Siegen offers in the Department of Chemistry - Biology in the field of »Physical and Theoretical Chemistry« no later than April 1st 2018 the position of a


Research associate

(Remuneration group E14 TV-L)

in full-time permanent position.

The teaching obligation is 8 hours per week (8 Semesterwochenstunden).


Within the field of »Physical and Theoretical Chemistry«, the future holder of the position will teach in the Bachelor’s course in Chemistry (in German) and in the international Master’s course in Chemistry (in English) as well as in related courses, e.g. Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, primarily in the field of theoretical chemistry and quantum mechanics. In research, the future applicant is expected to work independently and self-responsibly in the areas of, among others, applied theoretical chemistry, molecular modelling and simulation. Interdisciplinary problems, which are complementary to the experimental work of the research groups of the Department of Chemistry Biology and the School of Science and Technology, especially in the Center for Micro- and Nanochemistry ( - Center For Micro- and Nanochemistry and Engineering), should also be tackled.


Your tasks: The future employee should have special knowledge and interest in the following areas:


Teaching of Theoretical Chemistry and Quantum Mechanics,

Methods to calculate molecules or molecular / atomic solids or layers with 1000 and more atoms,

Scale-spanning modelling and simulation (e.g., of colloidal systems or polymers),

Interdisciplinary research and collaboration with experimentally oriented working groups, among other, in the area of Soft Matter and Interfaces.


You will give independent and self-responsible lectures and exercises in the mentioned areas, partly in English. In addition, you will be assisting students in research internships and with their thesis work. In addition to your tasks in teaching, independent and self-responsible preparation and execution of research projects is expected. In addition, the willingness to participate in academic self-administration is expected.


Your profile:


(A) a University degree, completed with a master‘s degree or diploma, or


(B) an equivalent degree from a University, technical college or equivalent University,


A very good PhD and a full-time occupation for at least one year after completion of the doctorate, which corresponds to the applicant’s pre-qualification and which has given him or her the ability to perform the duties of his or her duties in his or her career.


Strong research background (with publications in international journals),


Experience in writing grant applications.


You have a high level of self - motivation and enthusiasm for the interdisciplinary work of the working groups of the Department of Chemistry and Biology, the School of Science & Technology and the Centre for Micro- and Nanochemistry and Engineering. You are communicative and enjoy working in teams. You have very good English language skills both written and spoken and enjoy sharing content and imparting knowledge, which you have already demonstrated on the job elsewhere.


We offer:


The possibility of further qualification,

The possibility of (further) development of an independent research area,

Close cooperation with experimental working groups.


Further information:


The University of Siegen aims to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching. Corresponding qualified women are asked to apply. Applications of suitable disabled persons are welcome. We are looking forward for you to contact us and to welcome a new creative employee in our department. For further information or inquiries, please contact Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr (e-mail: Applications with the usual documents (curriculum vitae, testimonials, list of publications and presentation of the research and teaching activities to date) should be sent until 15.10.2017 to the University of Siegen, Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr, Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2, 57076 Siegen, Germany.


Please send your application with the typical documents (curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, ref- erences if applicable, etc.) until October 15th, 2017 with indication of the ad number 2017/Fak.IV/Chemie/WM/160 to Universität Siegen, Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr, Fakultät IV, Dep. Chemie-Biologie, 57068 Siegen.


Information about the University of Siegen can be obtained from our website



Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr


Chair in Physical Chemistry

Vice-Dean for Strategic Development, School of Science and Technology

Cluster Leader Chemical Biosciences


University of Siegen

Department of Chemistry & Biology

Physical Chemistry I

Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2


57076 Siegen, Germany


Tel. +49 (0) 271 740 2806

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