211-1190/22-2H PhD fellowship in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biomass Conversion

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 01 Sep 2022

PhD fellowship in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biomass Conversion
PhD Project in Carbohydrate Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of SCIENCE
University of Copenhagen

Department of Chemistry invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in carbohydrate chemistry and biomss conversion. The project is part of the research project “From Waste to Value: Green Chemicals from Biomass”, which is financed by Independent Research Fund Denmark

Start date is (expected to be) 1st January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project
The candidate will undertake an independent research project within carbohydrate chemistry and biomass converison. Conversion of abundant biomass, like carbohydrates, in a selective and high yielding way is a tremendous task. In this project we will develop methods for transforming the most common biomolecule, glucose, into furane derivatives with industrial relevance.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates within the field of synthetic organic chemistry, with a strong interest in carbohydrates in in particular biomass conversion and monosaccharide chemistry. Applicants must have a background with experience in synthetic organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and a strong interest in synthesis.

Our group and research- and what do we offer?
We are a leading research group in the field of carbohydrate chemistry working within organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry.

The group is a part of Department of Chemistry, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen.

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include laboratories and all relevant equipement for characterisation.

Principal supervisor isAssoc. Prof.Christian Marcus Pedersen, Department of Chemistry, cmp@chem.ku.dk, Direct Phone: 35320190.

The PhD programme
Qualifications needed for the regular programme

To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. organic chemistry. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database .

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks in both PhD programmes

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in organic synthesis
  • Good language skills


Application and Assessment Procedure
Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  • Publication list (if possible)
  • Reference letters (if available)
  • Application deadline:
    The deadline for applications is 1st September, 23:59 GMT +2.

    We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

    The further process
    After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

    The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

    Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in week 38-39.

    For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

    General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/ .

    The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 

    Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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