Fully Funded PhD Positions in Inorganic Chemistry at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

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Fully Funded PhD Positions in Inorganic Chemistry at ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Fully funded PhD Positions in Inorganic Chemistry at ETH Zurich, Switzerland are available at the Functional Coordination Chemistry Laboratory (Bezdek Group).


Our newly established group applies the tools and approaches of inorganic/organometallic chemistry to synthesize molecules and materials with stimuli-responsive (sensory) and catalytic function. The targeted chemistry spans transition metal/main group complexes, metallopolymers and carbon nanomaterials.

About the Fully Funded PhD Positions in Inorganic Chemistry at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

The PhD positions are fully funded for four years (extendable) with a competitive salary according to ETH standards. The targeted starting date is September 1, 2022 but is flexible and can be adjusted upon mutual agreement.

Project Description

The foci of the PhD projects are to:

  • Design and execute new synthetic routes to coordination complexes, organometallics, metallopolymers and carbon allotrope-inorganic hybrids.
  • Gain insight into the electronic structures, magnetic/thermochemical properties of newly synthesized materials using a suite of spectroscopic techniques (NMR, EPR, IR, Raman, XPS, Mössbauer, MCD), crystallography (single-crystal, powder) and electrochemistry.
  • Apply the materials as catalysts and as active sensing elements for the degradation and detection of environmental pollutant gases. Target analytes of particular interest are those relevant to sustainable agriculture.


Throughout the course of the projects, students will gain proficiency in synthesizing and characterizing organic/inorganic molecules and polymers, in addition to acquiring hands-on experience in sensor device fabrication and testing. Consequently, students will bring multiple areas of expertise to bear in order to solve problems and will receive a highly multidisciplinary education.

Eligibility Criteria

  • We are looking for someone with a M.Sc. degree or equivalent in chemistry, materials science or related area and a background in synthetic chemistry. Any previous experience in air- and moisture-free manipulations (ie. Schlenk technique, glovebox operations) and in the characterization of metal complexes is an advantage but not essential.
  • we are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic scientists who thrive in collaborative working environments, who enjoy taking on challenges, learning new skills, critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Fluent communication skills in English (oral and written) are essential, as is a willingness to work as part of a highly interactive, international, and diverse team.

Supporting Documents

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Motivation letter (1-page) providing information on relevant skills and experience, and reasons for applying for the position
  • CV, including qualifications, past academic and professional experience
  • Names and contact details of two referees


Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences can be found online. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Máté Bezdek ([email protected]).

How to apply

Interested and qualified applicants should follow the link here to apply


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