PhD Studentship - Organic and Organometallic Chemistry
Project: Novel Transition Metal-Catalyzed Methods for Organic Synthesis
Applications are invited for a Ph.D. studentship available to start in January 2021 (Spring 2021) at the Department of Chemistry at Rutgers University, Newark, USA working on Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Ligand Design & Transition Metal Catalysis under the supervision of Prof. Michal Szostak.
The student will receive extensive training in organic synthesis and organometallic chemistry in new laboratories housed in the Olson Hall. The student will gain expertise in small and large-scale synthesis, inert gas techniques (Schlenk, glove box), design, optimization and validation of reaction conditions, analysis techniques (NMR, GC, GC-MS, LC-MS, HPLC), mechanistic, kinetic studies, X-ray crystallography. Students in the Szostak group regularly publish research papers in top organic chemistry journals (Angew. Chem., J. Am. Chem. Soc., ACS Catal., Nat. Commun.). On average, each student publishes >2 papers/year (check http://szostakgroup.com/publications).
Send your CV, together with a covering letter and contact details of three academic referees to Prof. Szostak at email@example.comGRE and TOEFL scores are required for application. (GRE can be taken after the initial application). Candidates with high TOEEL (initial score around 90) will receive preference. IELTS scores (6.0 or higher) can be used instead of TOEFL. Applications from candidates with Masters degree in organic synthesis and organometallic chemistry are preferred. Please, send your application as soon as possible for full consideration. Candidates who have already published research papers will receive preference.
The studentship covers fees and an annual stipend. All projects are in the hot-topic areas (N–C activation, C–O activation, C–H activation, ligand design, cooperative catalysis, NHC–transition metal catalysis). For some background information on recent work by Prof. Szostak see:
-J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 14473 (the first graphene-catalyzed alkylation).
-Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 14518. (the first Heck reaction of amides).
-Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 9865. (the first Pd-catalyzed biaryl Suzuki coupling of amides).
-J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019, 141, 11161. (N-C and O-C activation in unactivated amides/esters).
-Chem. Rev., 2020, 120, 1981. (the first account of NHC ligands in C-H activation).
The Chemistry Department at The State University of New Jersey, features state-of-the-art facilities and equipment (http://chemistry.rutgers.edu/), and is located in a vibrant Newark campus at the heart of metropolitan New York area (15 min to Manhattan and Newark airport). The Szostak labs are located in a brand-new LSC-II building (Nov 2017, https://www.newark.rutgers.edu/tags/lsc-ii).