Postdoc Position in the Field of Organic Chemistry and Artificial Enzyme

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 30 Apr 2023

The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy , SDU in Odense invites applications for a postdoc position in the field of organic chemistry and artificial enzyme in the Dr Changzhu Wu group . Wu group is working on enzyme catalysis, in which cutting-edge materials/molecules are designed to improve biocatalyst performance. The group applies interdisciplinary expertise in the field of enzyme catalysis, chemistry, polymer science, engineering, and microbiology to develop industrially relevant biocatalysts for applications.

This postdoc project is funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) in the framework of DFF Sapere Aude leader. The project intends to develop artificial enzymes by combining enzymes/proteins with polymer catalysts. Our group is specialized in polymer synthesis, molecular catalysis design, and protein modification.

We are a highly dynamic and international research group, actively engaging with on-site partners, e.g. Danish Institute for Advanced Study, Biomolecular Nanoscale Engineering Center, and SDU Protein Production and Purification Platform. We also work together with international groups in Germany and China for polymer design and enzyme catalysis.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, ambitious, and independent candidate with relevant background.

The ideal candidate has the following competences and skills:
•    A PhD degree in organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, or related disciplines with a strong background in organic synthesis or molecular catalysis design.
•    Good interpersonal and communication skills (English) for effective teamwork across disciplines.
•    Excellent publication record in the relevant field.
•    Preferably a background in polymer catalysis, organocatalysis, organometallic catalysis, supramolecular catalysis, protein-polymer conjugation, or similar.
•    Experience with asymmetric catalysis for organic synthesis.

Starting date: As soon as possible.
The position is for two years with the possibility to extend for one more year. Application deadline: 30 April 2023.

For further information please contact Dr Changzhu Wu, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, e-mail: .

The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy is one of four departments at the Faculty of Science, SDU and is located in Odense. The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy is a department focused on basic research. We are happy to move beyond traditional disciplines and work to develop new technologies and sciences across physics, chemistry, pharmacy, mathematics, computer science and biology. The department’s research thus contributes to new knowledge and solutions with applications in the areas of climate, environment, energy and health.

The department has a strong chemistry programme with leading international researchers within Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Green Chemistry and Computational Chemistry. In addition to the chemical research programme, the department has a strong research profile within Pharmaceutical Technology. The position is placed in the Chemistry and Pharmacy section .

Application, salary etc.
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary  and taxation .

The application must be in English and include the following:
• A curriculum vitae including information on previous employment.
• A full list of publications stating the scientific publications on which the applicant wishes to rely.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

To qualify you must have passed a PhD or equivalent. Applications will be assessed by an expert assessor/committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

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