Positions

We are always looking for motivated and enthusiastic chemists to join our dynamic group.

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If you are interested in taking preparative organic/main group/organometallic chemistry a step further, this could be the right place for you. Research projects have an emphasis on either synthetic chemistry or polymer/materials science.

Undergraduate Level
CHEM4000 positions available for 2019.
Summer student positions available for 2019.


Graduate Level (for general requirements, click here)
Accepting applications for 2019; However, only applicants with a chemistry background and a grade average >85% (A level; or a GPA >3.5) will be considered. Preference is given to students with research experience in synthetic chemistry and interested in obtaining a PhD degree. In addition, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for major scholarship support (see below for details).

Please note: Due to the high volume of requests, only qualified applicants will be contacted.


Post-Doctoral Level
Individuals are more than welcome to apply, but at this point, only candidates supplying their own funding (Fellowships, Awards) can be considered. Note: as Humboldtian, Thomas Baumgartner is eligible to host Feodor Lynen Fellows from Germany.

Please note: Due to the high volume of requests, only qualified applicants will be contacted.


What to expect:

As our field of research is interdisciplinary combining organic, inorganic, physical, and polymeric objectives and techniques, team members will obtain comprehensive synthetic skills as well as an understanding for materials design. You will be able to experience the full breadth of groundbreaking materials science from the conception of an idea all the way to the realization in practical applications, and in doing so acquiring a deep understanding of the various, most different aspects of the research at each stage.

Next to the required design of the synthetic strategies, the actual synthesis and isolation of the materials, team members will also be responsible for comprehensive characterization and data analysis that involves hands-on techniques to determine the identity (NMR spectroscopy) and properties (UV/vis & fluorescence spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and/or microscopies, such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), confocal fluorescence and polarized optical microscopy) of the new species. Most group members will also use Density-Functional Theory (DFT) calculations to support experimental findings and will ultimately be able to screen the utility of their most promising materials in practical device applications hands-on. 

The success of our research program furthermore strongly relies on collaborative efforts with other groups - locally and worldwide. Therefore, being able to communicate with other chemists as well as scientists of different areas of expertise would be an asset.

For those interested in joining our group, contact Thomas Baumgartner to discuss further details.


For potential funding opportunities, check out these links:

NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada)
Undergraduate: NSERC USRA
Graduate (MSc/PhD):  NSERC CGS MCGS D and PGS D, as well as Vanier CGS
Postdoctoral: NSERC PDF, and Banting PDF


York University 
Graduate: List of available scholarships
Postdoctoral: York Science Fellowship | List of other available fellowships




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