PhD Project Syngenta-C-H activation for Homogeneous Catalysis

PhD Project Title: C-H activation for Homogeneous Catalysis
Industrial Supervisors: Dr. Tomas Smejkal, Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Dr. Claudio Battilocchio, Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Academic supervisor: Prof. Joanna Wencel-Delord, University of Strasbourg
A PhD position (36 months) is available at Syngenta Stein Research Centre (Switzerland) in the frame of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network European Training Networks (ITN-ETN) C-H Activation for Industrial Renewal (CHAIR), funded by the European Commission (Grant agreement no: 860762). The researcher who will take part in the above project will be enrolled at University of Strasbourg in the Doctoral School of Chemical Science granting a PhD degree at the end of three years.

PhD Project description:
The project will be focused on using C-H activation as a key step towards the next generation of robust, homogenous catalysts.[1] Novel catalytic methodologies will be developed using innovative (asymmetric) C-H activation strategies, including “transient Directing Group approach”. The state-of-the-art equipment and software platform for parallel reaction screening, pressure-reaction screening, in-situ reaction monitoring (PAT) and continuous flow chemistry will be utilized within this project. Applications towards the library synthesis of biologically active compounds are anticipated. The candidate will be able to leverage Syngenta AI platform for Chemical Synthesis.

[1] Science 368, 1098–1102 (2020)

Eligibility and salary:

The position is open to candidates of any nationality, as long as they fulfill the requirements set for the ESRs funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions:

  1. Candidates who have previously obtained a Ph.D. degree, or have more than 4 years of research activity from the date when they have obtained a University diploma giving access to doctoral studies, are not eligible.
  2. Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date.

The salary of the ESRs will be paid according to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action rules and Syngenta guidelines.

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