PhD project for scholarship within the field of Chemical Biology, University of Copenhagen

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PhD project for scholarship within the field of Chemical Biology

One scholarship for a PhD project is available in the group of professor Knud J. Jensen at the Section for Chemical Biology and Nanobioscience, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen.
It will be part of the Centre for Carbohydrate Recognition and Signalling (
The PhD-scholarships is scheduled to start as soon as possible, preferably October 1st 2012 or before.
The group of professor Knud J. Jensen at the Section for Chemical Biology and Nanobioscience works at the interface between synthetic chemistry, biology and biophysics, with a focus on understanding biological and chemical phenomena at the nano-scale.
The starting point for our research is most often provided by the design and chemical synthesis of molecules to address biological questions.
The scholarship will aim at elucidating the chemical communication between rhizobia and leguminous plants. The project will include isolation and characterization of lipochitin oligosaccharide signal molecules; their highly chemoselective modification to form glycoconjugates for bioimaging, glycan microarrays and Biacore studies; studying the binding interaction with nod factors receptors and other proteins.
The successful candidate will have a strong background in biology and synthetic organic chemistry. An interdisciplinary background will be appreciated.
He/she will join a team of 12 people with interdisciplinary background and is expected to acquire know-how in the various techniques used in the group required for the project.
The candidate will be involved in several national and international collaborations with academic and industrial partners and good communication skills will thus be appreciated.
Further information can be obtained via the email to Knud J. Jensen,
The application procedure
The application must be submitted in the application form by clicking `Apply online´ below.
The following appendices should be enclosed with the application form, in ONE combined pdf-file (do not enclose other appendices than the here mentioned).
Appendix 1: A reasoned letter stating the applicant´s planned role in the specific project.
Appendix 2: Brief Curriculum Vitae of the applicant incl. the applicant´s former work and scientific experience (max 3 pages).
Appendix 3: Documentation of the applicant´s qualifications: degree certificate/ transcript of grades
If the application does not meet the above mentioned instructions, or you have enclosed further appendices, the application will be dismissed and therefore not taken into consideration.
Deadline for applications is 13 September 2012 at 23:59 CET.
Applications which are received late will not be taken into consideration.
All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply for the position, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background. PhD students who are already enrolled and carrying out a PhD project cannot apply for this scholarship.
The applications will be processed by an expert assessment committee appointed by the department.
This is done according to "Ministeriet for Videnskab, Teknologi og
Udviklings bekendtgørelse nr. 284 af 25. april 2008 om ansættelse af videnskabeligt personale ved universiteter"284, April 25th 2008 regarding the appointment of academic staff at the University). The applicants will be informed of the composition of the evaluation committee. (The Ministry of Science, Technology and Development, Executive order no.
Terms of employment
The position is for 3-years and is carried out in accordance with Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) on salaried scholarships.
The minimum starting salary is DKK 300,175 plus a pension contribution of DKK 44,460. Supplements can be added according to qualifications.
Information about working conditions and taxes is available at and
A prerequisite for obtaining the position as a PhD scholar is that you must be enrolled as a PhD student at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
This is according to the rules in "Ministerial Order on the PhD Study Programme and on the PhD Degree no. 18 of 14 January 2008".
Successful candidates will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School of Science, University of Copenhagen.
Information about the PhD scholarship
The scholarships are awarded under the prerequisite that the applicant is found qualified and that the project is to be carried out in an internationally recognized and active academic environment.
It is expected that the Scholar follow recommendations and deadlines from the supervisor on writing reports and articles. The scholarship holder is obliged to carry out tasks related to lectures, exercises, laboratory exercises etc. as set by the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
The sholarships are awarded accordingly to the regulations in The Ministry of Science, Technology and Development, Executive order no. 284, April 25th 2008 regarding the appointment of academic staff at the University.
The University of Copenhagen is the oldest University in Denmark founded in 1479. With its approximately 37.000 students and staff of 7.500 people, and an annual turnover of DKK 5.3 billion, University of Copenhagen is the largest university in the North. University of Copenhagen is positioned as no. 14 in Europe and is the only Nordic university in the world top 100s.
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Deadline: 13-09-2012
Publisher: Faculty of Science
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