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Staff Scientist (m/f/d) in Theoretical Chemistry of the Heaviest Elements

We are building the international accelerator Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research FAIR, one of the largest research projects worldwide, next to the facility of GSI Helmholtzzentrum for Heavy Ion Research, whose existing accelerators serve as injectors. The FAIR GmbH, an international company owned by Germany and nine partner countries from Europe and Asia is responsible for the project realization. At FAIR, an unprecedented variety of experiments will be possible. Scientists from all over the world will be able to gain new insights into the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang to the present.


We hereby invite outstanding chemist (m/f/d) to apply to the following opening in the Superheavy Element Chemistry (SHE Chemistry) research department:

Staff Scientist (m/f/d) in Theoretical Chemistry of the Heaviest Elements

Posting-ID: 1220-19.123

The position will be filled as soon as possible.


The position

The successful candidate will conduct a research program on the theoretical chemistry of the heaviest elements. The position is embedded within the Superheavy Element Chemistry division with experimental chemists, physicists and engineers. The position holder will support the experimental program of the division to advance theoretical chemistry of the heaviest elements. Close collaboration with research groups in theoretical chemistry at nearby universities is supported by GSI/FAIR.



The successful candidate will have an established research record in relativistic quantum chemistry and theoretical chemistry, as generally in physical chemistry. Specifically, he or she will have knowledge of the state-of-the art quantum chemical relativistic methods (ab-initio; DFT) and experience in calculations of chemical properties of the heavy elements using packages ranging from atomic over molecular to periodic codes. Demonstrated experience in guiding early career scientists will be advantageous.


Your responsibilities

  • Theoretical research in the area of electronic structure of heavy and heaviest elements and their compounds
  • Developing adequate approaches and carrying out calculations to guide the experimental program of the SHE Chemistry division at GSI and its collaborating partner institutions
  • Assisting in the interpretation of experimental data obtained by the SHE Chemistry division and its collaborators
  • Establishing and strengthening the connections to academic groups working in theoretical chemistry at one of the surrounding universities


Terms of employment and salary are equivalent to that for public employees as specified in the collective agreement for public employees (TVöD Bund). The position will be either permanent or tenure-track depending on the qualifications of the candidate. Tenure-track contracts will have an initial duration of 5 years with the perspective of being turned into permanent employment, subject to outstanding scientific performance followed by a positive evaluation.


GSI supports the vocational development of women. Therefore women are especially encouraged to apply for the position.


Handicapped persons will be preferentially considered when equally qualified.


For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Christoph Düllmann, c.e.duellmann(at)gsi.de


Applications should include:

  • a Curriculum Vitae
  • a list of publications
  • the names of three referees willing to provide recommendation letters


Please send your full application documents by post or email as a pdf-file, with information of your earliest possible starting date and the Posting ID above to the following address by October, 18th, 2019 to


GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH


or by email to: bewerbung(at)gsi.de


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