In this project we aim at the synthesis of new chromophores and highly emissive chiral (or achiral) small molecules based on boron and other main group elements. The compounds should find application in bioimaging and OLEDs. The successful applicant will be involved in the synthesis of organoboron emitters, development of synthetic approaches to new classes of compounds and characterization of their optical, chiroptical and electrochemical properties. These studies will be supported by the DFT calculations and X-ray crystallography.

chirality, fluorescence, functional dyes, organoboron, synthesis

Entry requirements
A master’s degree or equivalent in Chemistry or related disciplines; a strong background in organic synthesis, a background in boron and materials chemistry would be an asset; experience in purification and analytical techniques; good writing and speaking skills in English; critical thinking.

Institut für Anorganische Chemie and Institute for Sustainable Chemistry & Catalysis with Boron/ Universität Würzburg/ Würzburg

Starting date

limited to 3 years

How to apply

Please apply via the HFA application portal.
The Hector Research Career Development Awardees will arrange interviews (via skype or if feasible in-person) with the most promising applicants. The final candidates will be invited for a personal presentation on July 8, 2021 in Bremen (Germany). The final decisions will be announced by August 2021.

Application Deadline
April 15th, 2021

For questions related to making your application, please contact Hector Fellow Academy Office: or

About Hector Fellow Academy

In the year 2013, one of the founders of the software company SAP Hans-Werner Hector established the Hector Fellow Academy with the objective to strengthen Germany as a worldwide renowned location for science and research, to initiate pioneering socio-political discourse and to contribute to the solution of global challenges. Members of the science academy are excellent researchers from the area of natural and engineering sciences, medicine, and psychology, who are appointed every year through the allocation of the Hector Science Award. The academy offers the Hector Fellows not only a platform to exchange with fellow scientists and to work on interdisciplinary research projects. It also set oneself to pass the knowledge and experience of the members to the next generation. To do so, the Hector Fellow Academy funds postdoctoral positions for alumni with an outstanding master’s degree and called the Hector Research Career Development Award to life.