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Open positions

PhD Position (FWF funded)

posted 02.05.24

One PhD position is currently open at the Inorganic Chemistry Group (AG Schachner) of the University of Graz, Austria at earliest availability for at least 3 years. Funded by the FWF project „P 37178-N Catalytic reduction of nitrate and beyond with non-biological Oxidorhenium(V) complexes“ I am looking for one PhD candidate with high interest in inorganic synthesis, coordination chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. Appointments are possible immediately or at a mutually agreed time. This position is open to all early stage researchers, who hold a Master degree or its equivalent in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.

     Experience in inorganic synthesis (including inert atmosphere techniques), coordination chemistry and homogeneous catalysis are expected. Furthermore, independent research, a high level of commitment as well as a systematic and goal-oriented working style would be preferred. The candidates should have excellent communication skills in English (German is desirable, but not required). Participation in student education is expected.

     What is offered:

  • A multidisciplinary and dynamic research environment with access to state-of-the-art infrastructure at the University of Graz and NAWI Graz
  • Close, collegial and interactive supervision by a junior researcher
  • Opportunities to travel to international conferences and research partners
  • A friendly and stimulating work environment embedded in the Inorganic Chemistry group

The position is based on a 3-year contract (no teaching) with a monthly gross salary of currently 2.684,10 € (14 salaries/year), based on a 30 h/week (75%) workload.

Applicants should send a detailed CV and copies of relevant documents together with a motivation letter electronically (PDF) no later than Jun 30th 2024 to Assoc. Prof. Jörg A. Schachner, Institute of Chemistry/Inorganic Chemistry, University of Graz. E-mail: joerg.schachner(at)uni-graz.at

Research project:

     Overuse of artificial fertilizers leads to increasing levels of nitrate in potable water. In biology, a cascade of metalloenzymes reduces nitrate to N2, thereby closing the loop of the global nitrogen cycle. From a technical point of view however, nitrate removal is mainly based on physical methods, such as ion chromatography or reverse osmosis, creating a nitrate-rich sludge. A chemical reduction of nitrate, ideally to environmental benign N2, as observed in biology, would be highly desirable. Initial research by us and others showed that one of the few transition metals capable to catalytically reduce nitrate under mild conditions is Rhenium. Within this project oxidorhenium(V) complexes will be investigated to fully elucidate their potential and molecular mechanisms of this challenging reaction.

For further reading also see:

[1]  J. A. Schachner, F. Wiedemaier, N. Zwettler, L. M. Peschel, A. D. Boese, F. Belaj, N. C. Mösch-Zanetti, J. Catal. 2021, 397, 108-115. (link)

[2]  J. A. Schachner, B. Berner, F. Belaj, N. C. Mösch-Zanetti, Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 8106-8115. (link)

[3]  J. A. Schachner, B. Terfassa, L. M. Peschel, N. Zwettler, F. Belaj, P. Cias, G. Gescheidt, N. C. Mösch-Zanetti, Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 12918. (link)


Master- and Bachelor projects

Master and Bachelor projects can be started at any time on short notice.

The topics will be based on our on-going research projects. We also try to acknowledge special interests (Schlenk line, synthesis, catalysis etc.)

If You are interested or have further questions please contact any of our group members or directly Fr. Prof. Mösch-Zanetti


Head of group Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nadia C. Mösch-Zanetti Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 5286



Sára Pungor

Institut für Chemie

Institut für Chemie

Phone:+43 316 380 - 5285


Institute of Chemistry/Inorganic Chemistry Schubertstraße 1/III, 8010 Graz, Austria
Monika Tschapelnig MA Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 5285
Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 9835

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