Open Positions

PhD position - ID 100587

Applications are open for one PhD position in the group of Prof. Dr. Martin Suhm within the German Research Foundation (DFG)-funded Research Training Group 2455 “BENCh – Benchmark Experiments in Numerical quantum Chemistry”. The application window will be open till 31.08.2019.

The position is remunerated with 65% E 13 TV-L (corresponding to 25.87 hours per week) with a limited contract of 3 years. The earliest starting date will be 01.11.2019.



The group of Prof. Dr. Martin Suhm at the Faculty of Chemistry at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen welcomes applications for a

Ph.D. position (all genders welcome)

in the German Research Foundation (DFG)-funded Research Training Group 2455 “BENCh – Benchmark Experiments for Numerical Quantum Chemistry”. The application window will be open until 31.08.2019. The position is remunerated with 65% E 13 TV-L (corresponding to 25.87 hours per week) with a limited contract of 3 years. The earliest starting date will be 01.11.2019.

Your profile
- You hold (or are in the process of concluding) a Master’s degree in Chemistry or Physics;
- You are proficient in English;
- You are willing to travel and to collaborate with theory and experiment partners;
- You are experienced in vibrational spectroscopy;
- You are familiar with the concept of supersonic jet techniques.

The Suhm group focuses on the experimental characterization of molecules and molecular aggregates at low temperatures by unique slit jet Raman and FTIR spectrometers, with the goal to benchmark numerical methods for their electronic structure and nuclear motion. In the proposed project, environmental effects in supersonic jets including stepwise solvation and excitation will be probed for selected prototype systems to rigorously test theoretical approaches for noncovalent interactions and dynamics.

The BENCh Research Training Group (BENCh RTG) consists of a high-level research programme aiming to provide landmark experiments for quantum chemical methods benchmarking. The students under the program will benefit from a wide variety of lab techniques in order to conceive and execute challenging experiments. For more information consult the official homepage http://bench.uni-goettingen.de.
The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Your application must include:
- curriculum vitae including information on posters, presentations, awards (and publications, if applicable);
- motivation letter for the specific advertised project;
- certificates of studies (if a degree is not yet completed you may also provide a document listing your current grades);
- certificates of language proficiency if non-native speaker of English (e.g., TOEFL);
- two references (name and contact information of two senior researchers);
- please refer to “Bench Project I” in the application and combine all attachments in only one pdf document.

The documents are to be submitted by electronic form (single PDF file) until August 31, 2019 using the online submission portal of the Georg-August University Göttingen: https://lotus2.gwdg.de/uni/uzdv/perso/knr_100587.nsf.

If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail: msuhm@gwdg.de.

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Postdoctoral research fellow

Applications are open for one postdoctoral research fellow (2 years, 100% E13 TV-L) in the Graduate School "BENCh- Benchmark Experiments for Numerical Quantum Chemistry", funded by the German Research Foundation.

All applications should include: curriculum vitae with a publications list, short description of planned research, certificates of studies, certificates of language proficiency if non-native speaker of english (e.g., TOEFL) and two references (name and contact information of two senior researchers). If you have any questions please feel free to contact the RTG office.


The BENCh Research Training Group (BENCh RTG) consists of a high-level research programme aiming to provide landmark experiments for quantum chemical methods benchmarking. The topics will span from gas phase spectrometry, molecular beam techniques, synthesis to X-ray diffraction. A strong connection between theoretical chemistry and experiment builds the core for the projects. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to develop a research plan under the general topic of theory development and modelling in close connection with one or more of the research projects funded in the initiative. The latter should be a stepping stone for third-party funding applications and establishment of an independent research group in accordance with the Faculty’s career development plan. Candidates should have a strong profile in theoretical chemistry, preferably with 1-3 years of postdoctoral training. For more information consult the official homepage http://bench.uni-goettingen.de. Detailed descriptions of the BENCh RTG projects are also available on the homepage.

Your application must include:
• curriculum vitae with a publications list
• short description of planned research
• certificates of studies
• certificates of language proficiency if non-native speaker of english (e.g., TOEFL)
• two references (name and contact information of two senior researchers)

If you are interested in the position or if you have any questions please feel free to contact us via bench@uni-goettingen.de.