Open Positions

Open Post-Doctoral positions:

The Institute of Organic Chemistry (IOC) at KIT is currently seeking to recruit, starting as soon as possible, a

Post-Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d)
Synthetic Organic Chemist or Synthesis Expert

We are currently looking for an ambitious post-doctoral candidate with strong practical skills and profound experience in synthesizing organic compounds to join our research groups. The position is embedded into an interdisciplinary research project that aims at conceiving, synthesizing, and characterizing organic compounds with strong linear electro-optic effects and at transferring the technology to industrial applications in the field of photonics and high-speed communications. The special focus will be on compounds that offer strong hyperpolarizability at near-infrared telecommunication wavelengths along with enhanced photochemical and thermal stability.

You will work in an inspiring interdisciplinary environment, in close collaboration with theoreticians and device engineers. Your work will comprise effective planning and execution of synthesis processes, lab-scale purification, and analytical characterization of the synthesized materials, as well as pre-formulation tests. We provide an attractive and internationally recognized scientific environment with access to KIT’s excellent research facilities and a wide scope of advanced training options.

Candidates should have an excellent Master, Ph.D., or equivalent degree in chemistry, material science, or a related area and fulfill one or multiple of the following criteria:

  • Widely experienced in organic synthetic methods, e.g., condensation reactions, C-C coupling, aromatic, and heterocyclic chemistry
  • Strong passion for organic synthesis, with an emphasis on chromophores and related materials
  • High level of creativity concerning designing efficient synthetic pathways towards target molecules
  • Good level of understanding of molecular properties (polarity, absorption, chemical stability, hyperpolarizability)
  • Good level of applying analytical methods (NMR, UV-Vis, chromatography) 

We expect excellent writing and oral communication skills along with the ability to work independently within an ambitious international team.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and degree certificate(s) copies.

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore, we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job. If qualified, severely disabled persons will be preferred.

Please apply electronically via braeseYdv2∂kit edu until October 16th, 2021. For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan Bräse, stefan braeseFyw6∂kit edu.


Open Hiwi positions:

If you are interested in an in-depth knowledge of organic synthesis, the Bräse group always offers opportunities to support the work of the PhD students in different areas as a HiWi. You can directly contact the PhD students in the different topics or leave your interest with Prof. Bräse. We are always looking for interested students who would like to get more impressions from organic synthesis besides the internships.

PhD theses:

We offer comprehensive supervision and support in an international and interdisciplinary team. The candidate benefits from a large scientific network, a collegial atmosphere between the different institutes at KIT, and close cooperation with industry. The candidate's personal and professional development is explicitly supported (conferences, workshops, stays abroad, etc.).

Current open PhD positions:

    No open positions

In addition to the open positions, there is always the possibility to inquire and discuss topics directly with Prof. Bräse. An overview of the research areas can be found here.


Open positions (IT):

We are currently searching an experienced RoR-programmer to join our cheminformatics team in Karlsruhe.

You should have very good skills in Ruby on Rails/Java Script/HTML. Position and project are planned to start as soon as possible (3 year contract is possible).

Please send your application to nicole.jung∂ or stefan.braese∂

At the Institute of Organic Chemistry, an exciting range of tasks awaits those interested in the IT world! On the one hand, a desktop environment is provided that supports daily PC work and is to be regularly maintained and updated. In addition, there is the opportunity to delve deeper into the world of science and freely implement your own ideas about data provision, which relates to data processing from numerous analytical devices. A virtual infrastructure of the SCC supports the operation of special devices and the generation and management of measurement data, which is to be expanded and further developed.

The applicant should have the following experience or a quick grasp of:

  • Windows Server and Windows Deployment Service
  • Windows 7/8 Client Operating System
  • VMware ESX or similar virtualization environments
  • Network topologies
  • Windows XP and Legacy Software

Ideally, they are also familiar with the following areas:

  • Linux
  • Web Development (tomcat, Java, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript)