PhD in Supramolecular ChemistryPhD - Individual Supervisor

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  • Mainz


  • 15 Oct 2023

    Application Deadline

  • 01 Nov 2023

    Starting Date


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Time Span

01 Nov 2023 for 3 years

Application Deadline

15 Oct 2023



Type of Position

PhD - Individual Supervisor

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PhD topic: Spatiotemporal Programming in Supramolecular Polymerization

KEY WORDS: Supramolecular Chemistry, Non-equilibrium, Super-resolution Microscopy, Chemical Reaction Networks

BACKGROUND AND SCOPE OF THE POSITION. Engineering out-of-equilibrium supramolecular polymerization for non-equilibrium spatiotemporal control over structural organization and functional state.

In this project, we want to synthesize monomers and artificial chemical reaction networks (CRNs) to program an out-of-equilibrium supramolecular polymerization. Thereafter, using reaction-diffusion strategy, a spatiotemporal control is sought over its structural self-organization and functional state. The scope of the project deals with synthesis of organic molecules, characterization of supramolecular polymers through spectroscopy, and fluorescence/super-resolution microscopy.

Dhiman has pioneered chemical reaction networks, self-assembly, transient supramolecular polymerization that sparked this emerging field of coacervation that are proposed as early compartments in the origin of life. You will be hired according to the German Salary Scheme with full benefits.

TEAM. Dhiman is a young achiever, and her lab is in early stages of establishment. Join our team to do cutting-edge research and gain international visibility. With an advantage of small team, get continuous supervision and support. We provide you with an inspiring and collaborative department with ample opportunities to develop. Brand new, cutting-edge synthetic and analytical infrastructure and facilities are available due to generous support from the University of Mainz. Jun. Prof. Dhiman (h-index 13, age 29) is a Junior faculty in Max Planck Graduate Center, Mainz and had been a Marie Curie Fellow and Women Interactive Material Awardee.

More information on the group can be found here:

EXPECTED CANDIDATE PROFILES. As an ideal candidate you are creative, highly self-motivated, ambitious, and communicative to excel in scientific challenges. You hold an M.Sc. in Chemistry and have a background in physical organic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, and your performance in your M.Sc. should be clearly above average. Additional qualifications in microscopy are a plus. We are willing to train you in complementary skills.


1.       How to program self-assembly:

· 'Adenosine-Phosphate-Fueled, Temporally Programmed Supramolecular Polymers with Multiple Transient States', S. Dhiman, A. Jain, M. Kumar, SJ George, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017 , 139 , 16568-16575.

· 'Chemical fuel-driven living and transient supramolecular polymerization', A. Jain, S. Dhiman, A. Dhayani, PK Vemula, SJ George, Nat. Commun., 2019 , 10 , 450.

· 'Temporally Controlled Supramolecular Polymerization', S. Dhiman, SJ George, Bull. Chem. Soc. of Jpn., 2018 , 91 , 687-699.

2. Spatiotemporal growth in supramolecular polymers:

'Dilution-Induced Gel-Sol-Gel-Sol Transitions by Competitive Supramolecular Pathways in Water', L. Su, J. Mosuqera, MFJ Mabesoone, SMC Schoenmakers, C. Muller, MEJ Vleugels, S. Dhiman, S. Wijkers, ARA Palmans, EW Meijer, Science 2022, 377 , 213-218.


The position is available immediately and has a duration of 3 years.

Application Deadline is 15th October 2023.


Please send your full application as a single PDF file containing

• Letter of motivation including a summary of your past research experience, in particular a meaningful summary of your master thesis; transcript of records of your Master and B.Sc. program.

• Detail in your letter why you believe you are the right person and what you expect from us

• Curriculum vitae and list of publications (if applicable)

• Two contacts for reference letters

To , subject line ' PhD position P0923'

Jun. Prof. Dr. Shikha Dhiman, University of Mainz, Germany

Required Documents

Required Documents
  • Letter of Motivation
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Research Proposal
  • List of Publication
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