PhD Candidate Molecular Iron Catalysts for The Water Oxidation Reaction

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in environmental sciences at Leiden University. The initial contract for this position is three years. Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis.

Fundamental understanding regarding the water oxidation reaction is of key importance for our future chemical society. In the Hetterscheid group, we study the mechanism of electrochemical water oxidation mediated by molecular iron catalysts by a plethora of in situ spectroscopy and characterisation techniques coupled to electrochemistry to firmly establish which species are present at the electrode interface during the catalytic reaction. This allows us to convincingly connect the observed kinetics that were obtained under well-defined reaction conditions to the actual structure of the true active species, which is indispensable for drawing reliable conclusions concerning the catalytic mechanism. We are looking for a PhD student to further strengthen this area of research.

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to contribute to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor's and twelve master's programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden's Bio Science Park, one of Europe's biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. The chemistry and life science research in the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is organised around two major research areas: 'Chemical Biology' and 'Energy & Sustainability'. The institute's research themes illustrate the central position of chemistry between biology, medicine and physics. The various research topics carried out within these themes are ideal for executing interdisciplinary research. For more information, see

We offer a position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary rangefrom 2,266 to 2,897 gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science.Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school. More at

LeidenUniversityis strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Dennis Hetterscheid, email If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact secretary Mrs. Jos Dijkzeul, email telephone +31 71 527 4251.

To apply for this vacancy please send no later than 31 October 2018 an email to the secretary of the Catalysis and Surface Chemistry group, Mrs. Jos Dijkzeul at Please ensure that you join to your application the vacancy number and the following additional documents:


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