Postdoc in Electrode Design towards Organic Synthesis/H2-Generation

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 16 Jun 2023

27 May 2023
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Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Uppsala University
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Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

16 Jun 2023 - 23:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

To be defined
Job Status

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To be defined
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Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

General Information

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry at Uppsala University is a strong and international research environment. The department has about 85 employees and here, doctoral students, teachers, researchers and administrators work closely together in a creative and open environment. More information about the department can be found at .

We are now seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with expertise in primarily organic synthesis and electrochemistry. This postdoc will be working in Assoc. Prof. Oscar Verho’s research group in the Olle Engkvist Foundation-supported project ”NovElectrode”. This project seeks to develop novel electrodes for the sustainable production of H2 and for the late-stage functionalization of valuable organic products, through the anchoring of molecular catalysts onto surface-modified carbon materials.

Responsibilities and Project Description

NovElectrode is a multidisciplinary research project that involves catalyst synthesis, electrode fabrication/characterization, as well as cell and methodology development. As a postdoctoral researcher in this project you will be part of a larger team that involves researchers both in Assoc. Prof. Verho’s research group at Uppsala University and in collaborators’ labs at the Department of Organic Chemistry at Stockholm University (Das and Åkermark Groups). To be able to contribute to this project, it is important that you have a thorough background in organic synthesis or organometallic chemistry, as well as prior research experience related to electrochemistry or electrode design. As a member of our team, you are expected to independently plan and execute experiments, analyze and document your results, as well as contribute to the writing of research manuscripts and reports. Exactly what tasks you will be assigned to in this project, will depend on your past research experience and skillset (possibilities exist to either be focused on H2 generation or the late-stage functionalization of organic compounds). You are also expected to present your results on meetings and seminar within the research team and at the host institution. This position will be dedicated 100% to research, which means that no teaching assignments will be a part of this position; however, responsibilities could come to include the supervision of undergraduate and PhD students that will be recruited for this project later.

Qualification Requirements

As the research program of this project is very broad, we are quite open when it comes to the research background of the candidate. However, as organic synthesis will be a central part of this project, specific attention will be given to candidates that have obtained a PhD degree or other equivalent degree in the area of Organic Chemistry or any other closely related chemistry discipline. Candidates with prior expertise in electrochemistry, electrode design or cell manufacturing will be prioritized, since the project will require good practical and theoretical knowledge regarding commonly used electrochemistry equipment and techniques. Furthermore, knowledge of common analytic methods for analyzing organic compounds and catalysts, such as NMR, LC-MS or GC will be considered meriting. Since the working languages of the research group is Swedish and English, the candidate needs to be fluent in at least one of these languages.

The application process

Your application should contain:

1) Cover letter summarizing your previous research background (1 – 2 pages)

2) CV (including research experiences, publication list and contact information to at least two references.

Candidates will be ranked by Assoc. Prof. Verho based on suitability to the project and their previous track/publication record. We seek to recruit the candidate that is the most qualified for the position and its responsibilities. Furthermore, we seek a candidate that can contribute to the advancement of the research project as well as the department. Applications should be sent by e-mail to , please mark the title of the email with “Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Electrode Design towards Organic Synthesis/H2-Generation”.

Deadline for submitting an application: 16th of June 2023 (23.59).

Following the submission deadline, frontier candidates will be invited for further interviews. More information regarding these interviews will be provided at a later stage.

About the position

The position is fully funded for 24 months, via a tax-free scholarship from the Olle Engkvist Foundation on 28,000 SEK/month. We are seeking to recruit the candidate as soon as possible, thus all applicants should have obtained there PhD by the submission deadline. Area of placement: Uppsala (Department of Medicinal Chemistry).

Information regarding this position can be given by: Assoc. Prof. Oscar Verho, , Department of Medicinal Chemistry.


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