The Chair of Theoretical Chemistry II of the Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry is looking for  

Doctoral students (m,f,x) for 3 years, 19,915 hours per week, TVL E13

The research group of Prof. Jörg Behler at the Research Center Chemical Sciences and Sustainability offers as soon as possible part-time positions for doctoral students.

Applications are invited for PhD positions (3 years, payment according to public service’s salary agreement: TVL E13, 50%), which are available immediately or upon mutual agreement. We are a leading group in the development of machine learning potentials and their application to various topics in chemistry and materials science. The projects will involve the development and implementation of advanced methods to represent high-dimensional potential energy surfaces employing neural networks. Moreover, atomistic simulations of various systems like complex materials, interfaces or chemistry in solution will be performed.

extent: part-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline:

Your tasks:

  •  The newly established Research Center Chemical Sciences and Sustainability offers an exciting interdisciplinary research environment with state-of-the-art equipment and excellent working conditions. There are several openings for which consideration of candidates will begin immediately and end when suitable candidates have been found.

Your profile:

  • You have a very good Master/Diploma Degree in chemistry, physics, materials science or a related field and very good communication skills in English (equal to B2 or better, oral and writing). The ideal candidate will have some knowledge about electronic structure calculations (preferably density functional theory), atomistic simulation techniques like molecular dynamics or Monte Carlo, and programming skills in Python and/or Fortran. Experience in machine learning is desirable but not essential.

Our offerings:

  • Challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility
  • Team-oriented cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • a modern equipped workplace
  • a friendly and collegial environment
  • Fair and flexible working hours

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

The following link will take you to the German text of the invitation to tender.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Prof. Jörg Behler, Phone: +49234 32 26485

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see:

ANR: 1260 until 31.12.2024

Candidates should send a detailed resume together with the usual material (CV, certificates and transcripts, names of academic references) as a single pdf file via e-mail to

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