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PhD position in Theoretical Chemistry - Research Training Group "Complex Scenarios of Light Control", Frankfurt, Germany

Applications for a PhD position in Theoretical Chemistry are invited within the DFG-funded Research Training Group (RTG) "Complex Scenarios of Light Control (CLiC)" located at Goethe University Frankfurt.

CLiC is dedicated to educating PhD students in the synthetic realization, theoretical description, photochemical characterization and biomolecular application of photolabile protecting strategies for the control of chemical and biological processes with light.

The PhD position (remuneration scale E13 TV-G-U 65%) is available starting 1 November 2017, for a maximum of three years.

The PhD project is concerned with the simulation and optimization of the Vibrationally Promoted Electronic Resonance (VIPER) experiment pioneered by J. Bredenbeck and collaborators (L. J. G. W. van Wilderen, A. T. Messmer, J. Bredenbeck, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 126, 2705). First-principles investigations of vibrational-electronic (vibronic) couplings allow making predictions of mode-specific VIPER efficiencies (J. von Cosel et al.,

In the present PhD project, the potential of VIPER uncaging will be further explored by turning to two-photon VIPER activation, along with multi-quantum vibrational excitation, and vibrational energy transfer. In a collaborative effort with spectroscopy (J. Bredenbeck, Frankfurt), synthesis (A. Heckel, Frankfurt) and our external collaboration partner F. Santoro (Pisa), both known uncaging architectures and new platforms will be investigated. State-of-the-art electronic structure and quantum dynamical methods will be combined to understand the vibronic effects that drive VIPER spectroscopy. The project involves the development of a predictive simulation platform that also includes the full simulation of the two-dimensional 2D-IR-UV/Vis experiment.

Further detailed information can be found at

Requirements include:
- excellent M.Sc. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, or a comparable field
- excellent English skills both oral and written
- scientific background in one of the relevant research fields
- creativity, flexibility, and a high degree of scientific curiosity
- German language skills are helpful but not mandatory

Application procedure:
- via the application form that can be downloaded at the CLiC homepage:
- closing date: 15 September, 2017

Please send the required documents by e-mail to