registration number: fb15-0037-wmz-2022


Entry date:
as soon as possible


Application deadline:


E 13 TV-H


3 years


Volume of employment:
part-time (50 %)

The Philipps University, founded in 1527, offers multiple award-winning teaching for around 22,000 students and tackles the important issues of our time with excellent research across a broad spectrum of science.

The Department of Chemistry, research group of Dr. Frank Tambornino is currently accepting applications for a

Research Assistant (Doctoral Researcher)

The position is offered for a period of 3 years, if no former times of qualification must be considered. The starting date is as soon as possible. The position is part-time (50 % of regular working hours) with salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state Hesse, Germany (TV-H E 13, 50 %).

The position is in the research group of Dr. Tambornino, whose research topics are located between inorganic molecular and solid state chemistry with focus on pseudohalogen compounds. The project is mainly related to molecular chemistry and includes the synthesis of small and reactive molecules based on carbonyl/oxalyl chloride and (thio, seleno-)cyanate. Isolation and subsequent structural characterisation and elucidation of reactivity profiles are in the foreground. Our objective is to synthesize novel and highly reactive molecular building blocks. Here, the full spectrum of inorganic synthetic and analytical methodology is applied.


  • carrying out the described project as a member of the research team of the Tamornino group
  • Scientific services in research and teaching
  • teaching both within the group and in departmental lab courses

The position is limited to a time period deemed adequate for the completion of a doctoral degree. As part of the assigned duties, there will be ample opportunity to conduct the independent scientific research necessary for the completion of a doctorate. The limitation complies to § 2, 1 WissZeitVG.


  • university degree in chemistry or biochemistry (MSc or equivalent), preferably with a focus on inorganic or organometallic chemistry
  • very good knowledge in inorganic synthesis methodology (inert-gas techniques, handling of sensitive substances)
  • good knowledge in common analytical methods (X-ray diffraction, IR/Raman/NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry)
  • excellent English skills, both written and spoken
  • safe handling of hazardous materials, independent evaluation of reactions and preparation of operating guidelines
  • preferrably good German skills and motivation to teach in German
  • above average academic qualification
  • desire to work in a rapidly developing, young, multidisciplinary team

Disposition to own scientific qualification is expected.

We offer you:

  • diverse, fair, and stimulating work environment in a young and dynamic team
  • research projects in highly topical inorganic synthetical chemistry
  • development opportunities of personal ideas and concepts
  • excellent supervision and wide-ranging training opportunities (e.g. Marburg Research Academy)
  • research location at a modern university in the heart of Germany

We actively support the professional development of junior researchers, e.g. by the offers of Marburg Research Academy (MARA), the International Office, the Higher Education Didactics Office and the Human Resources Development Office.

Contact for more Information

Dr. Frank Tambornino

+49 6421-28-25394


We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. As a certified family-friendly university, we support our employees in balancing family and career. Applicants with a disability as discribed in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications.

Please send your electronic application documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, proposal of two potential reviewers, copies of certificates of academic degrees) mentioning registration number above as a single PDF file to before 27.11.2022.

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