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Date: Wed Apr 12 22:29:31 2017
Subject: 17.04.12 Postdoc in Organometallic Mechanism Modeling, KAIST-IBS, Daejeon, Korea
Several postdoctoral positions are available in the research group of Prof. Mu-Hyun Baik 
in the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization, Institute for Basic Science (IBS)
 that operates in the Department of Chemistry, KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of 
Science and Technology in Daejeon, Korea (

The successful candidate is expected to investigate the catalytic reaction mechanisms 
of organic transformations involving C-H, C-C, C-N, C-O and C-Halogen bond cleavages 
and bond formations. This work will be carried out in a tightly integrated team consisting 
of both experimental and computational researchers within the IBS-center. In addition to 
traditional mechanism discovery work that aims to explain experimental observations, 
the main focus of the work will be on rationally developing new reactions in the computer 
that will be tested immediately in the wet lab, so that novel chemical reactions can be 
discovered in an iterative optimization workflow between theory and experiment. 
Following publications are representative for the work envisioned: 
Science 2016, 351, 1424
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 14020
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 976

Whereas a PhD in computational chemistry with a heavy emphasis on organometallic 
mechanisms is considered ideal, all other candidates with potentially valuable skills 
and experiences will be considered.

Being one of the most ambitious initiatives ( for developing a 
world-class, elite research infrastructure in Korean history, the IBS provides an unique 
research environment that includes state-of-the-art equipment, long-term funding 
security, freedom of research and highly integrated, multidisciplinary team-work that 
is goal driven.  

Interested candidates should email the following material to Prof. Mu-Hyun Baik 
(1) a CV including the full list of publications, (2) a brief cover letter. 
There is no need for recommendation letters at this time, as those will be requested 
at a later time.

Funding for several years has already been secured and these positions can be 
filled immediately. The initial contract will be for one year, renewable upon mutual 
agreement. Salaries and benefits are competitive and will be adjusted to reflect on 
the level of prior experience and expertise according to Korean labor laws.

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