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PhD Position on functional dyes (m/f/d), Institute of Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry

The Institute of Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry seeks to fill the position of a


PhD Position on functional dyes (m/f/d)


commencing on November 1st, 2021.


We invite highly motivated and creative applicants for a PhD position at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.  The project will run in the group of Prof. Dr. Kalina Peneva. Research activities will span in the field of organic chemistry, synthesis of chromophores, their photophysical characterization and application. The work will be at the interface of chemical synthesis, biomedical applications of molecular sensors and fluorescence imaging/nanoscopy.


Your responsibilities:

  • Synthesis and characterization of organic chromophores
  • Application of the prepared chromophores in biological systems together with biologist and physicists
  • Vivid interaction with other chemists, physicists, and biologists
  • Supervision of undergraduate students

·          Communication and teamwork in an international research environment


Your profile:

  • Master's degree in Chemistry (alternatively related fields e.g., Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Chemistry, Materials Science…)
  • Fundamental laboratory experience and knowledge in organic chemistry.
  • Ability to integrate in a team, work independently and have good organizational as well as communication skills.
  • Scientific curiosity with an open attitude to work interdisciplinary in the framework of international collaborations.
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and spoken


We offer:

  • A three-and-a-half-year PhD position in an international research group
  • An exciting and varied field of employment and an autonomous work at one of the largest employers in Thuringia
  • Excellent equipment and infrastructure
  • An interesting position at an international level
  • University health promotion and a wide range of university sports activities
  • Remuneration based on the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Sector of the Federal States (TV-L) at salary scale E13 - depending on the candidate's personal qualifications-, including a special annual payment in accordance with the collective agreement.

The advertised position is part-time (20 hours per week) at 50% and (initially) limited to for 3 and a half years, extension is possible.

Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.


Are you eager to work for us? Then submit your detailed written application including a letter of motivation (describing your main interests and your motivation to apply for this position), a curriculum vitae, the contact details of academic references, and MA/BA Diploma certificates. Applications should be sent to in a single PDF file. We prefer applications in electronic form. Hard copy applications can be sent, stating the vacancy ID 301/2021 by (30.09.2021) to:


Prof. Dr. Kalina Peneva
Institute of Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry
Lessingstr. 8
07743 Jena, Germany

or by email to:

Since all application documents will be duly destroyed after the recruitment process, we ask you to submit only copies of your documents.


For further information for applicants, please also refer to (in German)

Please also note the information on the collection of personal data at



Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institute of Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry
Lessingstr. 8
07743 - Jena


Prof. Dr. Kalina Peneva


Ausschreibung vom: 17.08.2021
Bewerbungsende: 30.09.2021
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