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Date: Mon Mar 4 10:15:52 2019
Subject: 19.03.04 PhD Position at KAUST

Subject: PhD position in Computational Homogeneous Catalysis

Employer: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.

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

Position offered: 
One PhD position in computational homogeneous catalysis is available at the King Abdullah 
University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia. The main focus will be on modeling reactions 
promoted by transition metal complexes, and on developing molecular descriptors to rationalize 
experimental behavior. 

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. 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 BSc degree in Physics, Chemistry, or a related field.
Good background in physical chemistry.
Some background on molecular modeling and quantum chemistry.
Some background in at least one programming language and shell scripting.

Full scholarship would be provided by KAUST, and it includes housing and health insurance. 

The KAUST is an emerging University located on the red sea shore, close to Jeddah, 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.
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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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