NCN BEETHOVEN: post-doctoral position available

Electric Field-Responsive Framework Materials from Aromatic Building Blocks

Principal Investigators:
Dirk Volkmer, Institute of Physics, University of Augsburg, Germany
Marcin Stępień, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Wrocław, Poland

The project aims at developing ferroelectric stimulus-responsive materials for applications in different fields of (nano-) technology, including technically extremely challenging processes, such as mechanical nanoactuators comprising giant and ultrafast switching responses, as well as 2D/3D ultra-high density information storage materials. Several chemically distinct classes of materials will be explored, containing Kuratowski-type subunits,[1,2] as well saddle-shaped and hinge-like aromatics. Research will be carried out by a consortium of two research teams, recognized for their complementary expertise in the fields of solid-state chemistry (Prof. Volkmer)[1–3] and aromatic materials (Prof. Stępień).[4,5] The project is funded under a BEETHOVEN grant, a joint initiative of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the National Science Center of Poland (NCN).

Lead papers

[1] S. Biswas, M. Grzywa, H. P. Nayek, S. Dehnen, I. Senkovska, S. Kaskel, D. Volkmer, Dalton Trans. 2009, 0, 6487–6495.

[2] S. Biswas, M. Tonigold, M. Speldrich, P. Kögerler, M. Weil, D. Volkmer, Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 7424–7434.

[3] A. Knebel, B. Geppert, K. Volgmann, D. I. Kolokolov, A. G. Stepanov, J. Twiefel, P. Heitjans, D. Volkmer, J. Caro, Science 2017, 358, 347–351.

[4] H. Zhylitskaya, J. Cybińska, P. Chmielewski, T. Lis, M. Stępień, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 11390–11398.

[5] M. Żyła-Karwowska, H. Zhylitskaya, J. Cybińska, T. Lis, P. J. Chmielewski, M. Stępień, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 14658–14662.

Post-doctoral Position at the University of Wrocław

Up to 36 months, gross salary 120 000 PLN / year. Requirements:

1.       Multistep organic synthesis, including microscale work, and inert-atmosphere procedures.

2.       Design and planning of complex synthetic sequences

3.       Aromatic/functional dye chemistry

4.       Spectroscopic methods, with particular emphasis on NMR spectroscopy

5.       Fluency in English (German/Polish desirable)

6.       Record of providing supervision to graduate/undergraduate students

7.       Knowledge of the current project-related literature

Please apply online at
Deadline: 2020-01-02 23:59
For job opportunities at Augsburg, please contact Prof. Volkmer.

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