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PhD researcher on mapping the reactivity of borylated enols and exo-glycals

University faculty : Sciences
Department : Chemistry Department Laboratory of organic reactivity and catalysis (Group of Prof. Berionni - www.unamur.be/sciences/chimie/rco)
Grade : researcher
Contract : renewable fixed term contract
Category : scientific personnel
Allocation : External funds



In the framework of a research project financed by inter-Universities concerted research program, the organic chemistry division of the chemistry department announces the availability of a PhD position in the fields of organic and organometallic synthesis and reactivity.

Job description

This PhD research program will start by the synthesis of borylated alkenes and enol ethers and by the investigation of their reactivity with electrophiles (halogenation reagents, carbocations, Lewis acids). Then, the main objective of the PhD will be to synthesize and screen the reactivity of borylated endo- and exo-glycals to establish a first reactivity mapping of this wide family of natural enol ethers. Part of the PhD will be done in collaboration with the Prof. Vincent research group at the chemistry department (www.unamur.be/sciences/chimie/cbo) and with the group of Prof Robiette (UCLouvain, https://perso.uclouvain.be/raphael.robiette).

During the PhD program, the successful candidate will acquire the expertise to perform organic and organometallic synthesis, handle highly reactive species (Schlenk-line and glove-box techniques), and monitor reactions by fast spectroscopy (stopped-flow spectrophotometer).


The ideal candidate is a highly talented and motivated researcher who received his master in organic or organometallic chemistry less than two years ago. Very good knowledge and excellent experimental skills in preparative purification techniques and structural characterization of organic molecules (NMR, GC-MS, IR, UV-Vis) is expected. Excellent communication ability in English (written and oral). Good knowledge of French is mandatory. She/He should be autonomous, motivated for fundamental research, and with team spirit.

Additional information

The selected candidate will get a monthly fellowship of ~€1800 after tax. This is a PhD position funded for three years. The candidate will have to apply to a FRIA doctoral grant (www.frs-fnrs.be/en/financements/chercheur-doctorant) in order to get a full or part of a fellowship to cover his/her salary for the fourth year of PhD.


To apply please send a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a one-page report on your master research work, and the name and email address of three reference persons by e-mail before August 1st, 2021 to Prof. Guillaume Berionni (guillaume.berionni@unamur.be).