Current Opening

A fully funded PhD position is currently available in our research group at the University of Bern with a starting date of January-June 2023. We are looking for a candidate with significant research experience in organic chemistry, who is creative, capable to work independently, and a good team player. Excellent communication and organization skills are also requested.

We offer a supportive, motivating, friendly, and collaborative research environment with state-of-the-art research infrastructure both in the group and at the department of chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences, while being in the capital of Switzerland. A broad array of exciting research projects in the fields of photochemistry, electrochemical synthesis and ball milling solid-state chemistry are available in our group. In addition, our research interest includes catalysis, mechanistic studies, gas chemistry, methods development with further applications in material science and medicinal chemistry, and much more.

If you are interested in this position, you can send your application directly to, which should include a motivation letter with a short statement of future research interest, CV, contacts of referees (at least 2 contacts) and short summary of previous research work (2 pages with chemical details) until December 15th latest. We encourage you to apply early as the decision to fill the vacancy can be taken at any time in the process. For more information about the group and the position, please contact Dmitry or his group members directly.

Postdoctoral Positions

In case you have recently completed or have recently submitted a Ph.D. and would like to join our group, we would be pleased to help you with your fellowship application. For postdoctoral fellowships, the following funding is possible Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships SPF (Spark), Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships. Please be aware of the deadlines for submitting your applications and contact Prof. Dmitry Katayev in advance.

Ph.D. Positions

Ph.D. candidates should apply directly to Prof. Dmitry Katayev. The complete application file should include a motivation letter, CV, transcript of the grades, a list of referees (at least 2 contacts), and a short summary of previous research work. Excellent applicants will also receive support for individual fellowships (Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships), (CSC Scholarships), etc.

Bachelor and Master Projects

If you are a student from the University of Bern and willing to perform a research project in our group, you can directly contact Prof. Dmitry Katayev by email and provide your CV. You will receive an independent project in one of the major research fields of the group (catalysis, photochemistry, electrochemical synthesis, reagent development, asymmetric synthesis) while working in close cooperation with a Ph.D. student. Please look at our recent publications to familiarize yourself with our research.