14 doctoral researchers (f/m/d) for the DFG-funded Research Training Group 2721: “Hydrogen Isotopes 1,2,3H”

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The DFG-funded Research Training Group (RTG) 2721 is a consortium at Leipzig University, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf / Research Site Leipzig (HZDR/RSL) and the Leibniz Institute for Surface Engineering (IOM). It spans the fields of analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and theoretical chemistry, chemical technology and physics. The RTG’s central goal is training tomorrow’s workforce in emerging technologies that exploit the unique properties of the hydrogen isotopes, 1,2,3H, in order to contribute to revolutionising drug design strategies, converting radioactive waste into precious materials, and, in the long run, a CO2-emission-free energy supply for the planet.

RTG 2721 seeks to fill 11 positions at Leipzig University (LU) and 3 positions at HZDR starting 1 October 2024:

  • P1: Hydrogen adsorption on isolated clusters and nanoparticles (LU)
  • P2: Design of nanostructured materials for tritium capture (HZDR)
  • P3: Molecular framework materials with strongly attractive adsorption sites (LU)
  • P4: Modified zeolites for adsorptive separation of dihydrogen isotopes (LU)
  • P5: Characterization of adsorbants in porous materials by hyperfine spectroscopy (LU)
  • P6: Novel materials for DHI separation generated by soft-landing (LU)
  • P7: Investigation of hydrogen isotope penetration through thin membranes (LU)
  • P8: Fundamental understanding of hydrogen diffusion and sieving (HZDR)
  • P9: Photocatalytic deuteration & tritiation in batch and flow (LU)
  • P10: Electrochemical xH-labelling in microheterogeneously structured solutions (LU)
  • P11: A lab-on-a-chip platform for detection of T-species at microscale (LU)
  • P12: Benchmarking microfluidic T detection methods (HZDR)
  • P13: Isotopic fractionation in hydrogen-bonded clusters (LU)
  • P14: Quantifying hydrogen isotope effects on chemical bonding (LU)

Information on the specifics and requirements of each position can be found on the RTG’s website: https://www.uni-leipzig.de/123h/job-announcements.

¹·²·³H Recruiting Symposium

18–20 June, the RTG wants to bring together applicants and current members in the ¹·²·³H Recruiting Symposium. To apply for participation, please have a look at our website https://uni-leipzig.de/123h/rs and send us your application including the documents specified there by 30 April.

About the positions

  • Fixed term from 1 October 2024 until 30 September 2027
  • 67 % of a full-time position
  • Planned remuneration: salary group E13 TV-L (Leipzig University) / E13 TVöD (HZDR)
  • Salary conditions, travel/mobility allowances, and benefits are subject to the attractive DFG guidelines for doctoral researchers in the RTG 2721 call.


  • Conducting research and writing a doctoral thesis in a group associated with the RTG
  • Writing and publishing scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • Presentation of one’s own research at conferences and workshops
  • Regular participation in, active contribution to and organisation of activities as part of the structured qualification programme


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, materials science or related areas with excellent grades
  • Advanced written and fluent verbal communication skills in the English language
  • Strong interest in contributing to the diverse 1,2,3H research community in an interdisciplinary, multinational research environment
  • Identification with the RTG’s core values, namely excellence in research and qualification as well as scientific integrity

What we offer 

  • Cutting-edge doctoral research projects within the area of hydrogen isotope research
  • A modern and international working environment within one of Germany’s most vibrant and fastest-growing cities
  • An extended research stay at one of the international partner institutions
  • A dedicated supervision concept, including a supervision agreement, a personal development plan, and a research data management plan, as part of a dual mentoring strategy
  • Target-oriented, individual training and career advancement strategies
  • Flexible working hours and a family friendly environment

For more details, visit https://www.uni-leipzig.de/123h/job-announcements or contact our scientific coordinator: 123H@uni-leipzig.de

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