Postdoctoral Fellow in Catalytic Organic Chemistry

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 25 Feb 2023

Ref. No. SU FV-0626-23

at the Department of Organic Chemistry . Closing date: 25 February 2023

The Department of Organic Chemistry is a Department at the Faculty of Natural Science where the teaching focuses on organic chemistry involving both physical organic chemistry and synthetic organic chemistry. The main research areas are organic synthesis and catalysis.

This recruitment is connected to the Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability (WISE, WISE, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, is the largest-ever investment in materials science in Sweden and will encompass major efforts at Sweden’s foremost universities over the course of 10 years. The vision is a sustainable future through materials science.

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Project description
The project involves the development of new heterogeneous metal catalysts for organic synthesis where different forms of porous materials are employed as carriers for metals. The new metal catalysts will be studied for obtaining different organic transformations. The project is divided in two parts. In one part, studies will be made for the immobilization of metal catalysts to  microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) or mesocellular foam (MCF), and in another part these catalysts will be explored in selective organic reactions. Examples on reaction to be studied are metal-catalyzed oxidative carbocyclizations, metal-catalyzed reactions of propargylic derivatives, and cascade reactions catalyzed by metalloenzymatic hybrids.

Main responsibilities
The position involves research within the area of organic chemistry. The research will include synthesis of different types heterogeneous metal catalysts where nanometals are immobilized on a porous material (cellulose- or silica based material) and their use in organic synthetic transformations.

All early-stage researchers recruited into the WISE program will be a part of the WISE Graduate School , an ambitious nationwide program of seminars, courses, research visits, and other activities to promote a strong multi-disciplinary and international network between PhD students, postdocs, researchers, and industry.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.
In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. Experience organometallic chemistry and catalysis is important for carrying out the project.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date as soon as possible or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of the Department, Professor Kalman Szabo, telephone: +46 8 6747485,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/OFR), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, , and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position .

You are welcome to apply!

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