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Date: Mon Mar 4 09:54:18 2019
Subject: 19.03.04 Postdoc Position in Computational Homogeneous Catalysis at the University of Salerno, Italy
Employer: University of Salerno, Italy

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

Position offered: 
One postdoc position in computational homogeneous catalysis is available at the University of Salerno, 
Italy, in the framework of a joint project between the University of Salerno, Italy, and the King Abdullah 
University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia. The applicant should have a good research 
expertise in modeling reactivity promoted by transition metals. The main focus will be on modeling 
polymerization reactions, possibly in connection with industries. 

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. Falivene, L.; Wiedemann, T.; Gottker-Schnetmann, I.; Caporaso, L.; Cavallo, L.; Mecking, S. "Control 
of Chain Walking by Weak Neighboring Group Interactions in Unsymmetrical Catalysts." J. Am. Chem. 
Soc. 2018, 140, 1305-1312. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b08975

2. Wimmer, F. P.; Caporaso, L.; Cavallo, L.; Mecking, S.; Falivene, L. "Mechanism of Insertion 
Polymerization of Allyl Ethers." Macromolecules 2018, 51, 4525-4531. 
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.8b00783

3. Tang, X. Y.; Hong, M.; Falivene, L.; Caporaso, L.; Cavallo, L.; Chen, E. Y. X. "The Quest for Converting 
Biorenewable Bifunctional alpha-Methylene-gamma-butyrolactone into Degradable and Recyclable 
Polyester: Controlling Vinyl-Addition/Ring-Opening/Cross-Linking Pathways" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 
2016, 138, 14326. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b07974.

4. 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.

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. 

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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