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Subject: 16.05.21 Postdoc Position at KAUST (Prof. Cavallo), Homogeneous Computational Catalysis
Subject: Postdoc position in Computational Homogeneous Catalysis

Employer: KAUST - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

From: Prof. Luigi Cavallo, KAUST Catalysis Center, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Position offered: 
One postdoc position in computational homogeneous catalysis is available at
the KAUST Catalysis Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, 
Saudi Arabia ( The position is offered in the group of 
Prof. Luigi Cavallo (   
The applicant should have a good research expertise in modeling reactivity 
promoted by transition metals. Main focus will be on polymerization reactions,
CO2 reactivity, C-H activation. 

The ability and interest to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems, 
and the ability to deliver proof-of-concept results are essential. 
Highly motivated individuals with a strong desire to work in applied research, 
who are comfortable working in strict collaboration with colleagues and/or 
industries, and are willing to be directly responsible for their projects, 
are encouraged to apply. To have an idea of the working activity, 
check the papers below:

1. Chen, J.; Falivene, L.; Caporaso, L.; Cavallo, L.; Chen, E. Y.-X. 
Selective Reduction of CO2 to CH4 by Tandem Hydrosilylation with Mixed Al/B Catalysts 
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 5321. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b01497.

2. Falivene, L.; Cavallo, L.; Talarico, G. 
"Buried Volume Analysis for Propene Polymerization Catalysis Promoted by Group 4 Metals: A Tool for Molecular Mass Prediction" 
ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 6815. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.5b01363.

3. D'Elia, V.; Dong, H.; Rossini, A. J.; Widdifield, C. M.; Vummaleti, S. V. C.; Minenkov, Y.; Poater, A.; Abou-Hamad, E.; Pelletier, J. D. A.; Cavallo, L.; Emsley, L.; Basset, J.-M. 
Cooperative Effect of Monopodal Silica-Supported Niobium Complex Pairs Enhancing Catalytic Cyclic Carbonate Production. 
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 7728. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b02872. 

4. Vummaleti, S. V. C.; Nelson, D. J.; Poater, A.; Gomez-Suarez, A.; Cordes, D. B.; Slawin, A. M. Z.; Nolan, S. P.; Cavallo, L. 
What Can NMR Spectroscopy of Selenoureas and Phosphinidenes Teach Us About the -Accepting Abilities of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes ? 
Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 1895. DOI: 10.1039/C4SC03264K.

5. Manzini, S.; Poater, A.; Nelson, J. D.; Cavallo, L.; Slawin, A. M. Z.; Nolan, L. 
Insights into the Decomposition of Olefin Metathesis Precatalysts. 
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 8995. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201403770.

Only applicants with the following qualifications will be considered.
A recent Ph.D. degree in Physics, Chemistry, or a related field.
Working experience with QM codes such as G09, ADF, Turbomole, Orca, NWChem.
Proficiency in at least one programming language and shell scripting.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Good judgment, independency at work, clear sense of purpose, and accountability.
Appointment, salary and benefits:
The initial appointment is for one year renewable upon mutual agreement up to three years. 
Salary is highly competitive, no tax paid to Saudi Arabia. Benefits include 
free fully furnished housing, free high standard medical and dental insurance. 
The KAUST is located on the red sea shore, close to Jeddah in the Kingdom of 
Saudi Arabia. Campus life at the KAUST is vibrant, with impressive recreational 
facilities that include excellent gym, climbing wall, martial arts and yoga classes, 
squash, racquet and tennis courts, basket and volley ball arena, beach volley, 
open air pools, private beach, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurf and dinghy sailing.
Useful websites:

Applications should include a CV and contact information of at least two references and should be submitted by email to Prof. Luigi Cavallo at luigi.cavallo|at|

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