Up to 2 PhD positions in theoretical and computational chemistry/ PHD

Updated: 17 days ago
Deadline: 01 Oct 2021

PhD fellow in Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering up to 2 PhD scholarships in Chemistry commencing 01.01.2022 or at a mutually agreed date thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The position is available in the Physical Chemistry or Nano Chemistry Section. The Physical Chemistry section carries out fundamental experimental and theoretical research in gas-phase chemistry, the chemistry at interfaces, and condensed phase, often inspired by environmental issues or by problems in atmospheric chemistry and protein folding. The approach is both experimental and theoretical and concerns the properties of atmospheric aerosols, the properties and reactions of new molecules, radicals, dimers and clusters in the gas phase and isotope effects of chemical reactions. The Nano Chemistry SectionCatalysis for sustainable energy conversion carriers out fundamental experimental and theoretical research in Nano particles, Molecular electronics, Graphene and graphene oxide materials, and Fluorescent dyes and nano particles for use in fluorescence sensing and imaging: including single molecule spectroscopy, and synthesis of fluorescent dyes and labels.

Project description
Jensen: use of quantum chemistry methods and machine learning for prediction of outcomes for organic reactions.

Solomon: use of transport theory to predict and understand how to control the phase of a wave function transmitted through a molecule with a view to molecular quantum gates. Note that the preferred start date for this project is in 2022.

Principal supervisors are
Professor Jan H. Jensen,Department of Chemistry, jhjensen@chem.ku.dk
Professor Gemma C. Solomon, Department of Chemistry, gsolomon@chem.ku.dk

The PhD programme 

Depending of your level of education, you can undertake the PhD programme as either:

Option A: A three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme), if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

Option B: An up to five year full-time study programme within the framework of the integrated MSc and PhD programme (the 3+5 scheme), if you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree – but you have an education equivalent to a Danish bachelors´s degree.

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Option A: Getting into a position on the regular 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. in Chemistry, Physics or Nano-science. 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.

The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Salary range starts at DKK 27,588.59 per month incl. PhD supplement (1 April 2021 level).

Option B: Getting into a position on the integrated MSc and PhD programme

Qualifications needed for the integrated MSc and PhD programme

If you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree, you might be qualified for the integrated MSc and PhD programme, if you have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish bachelor´s degree. Here you can find out, if that is relevant for you: General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database .  

Terms of the integrated programme
To be eligible for the integrated scholarship, you are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in Chemistry.

Students on the integrated programme will enroll as PhD students simultaneously with completing their enrollment in this MSc degree programme.

The duration of the integrated programme is up to five years, and depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme, please see: www.science.ku.dk/phd , “Study Structures”.

Until the MSc degree is obtained, (when exactly two years of the full 3+5 programme remains), the grant will be paid partly in the form of 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: “SU-klip”) plus salary for work (teaching, supervision etc.) totalling a workload of at least 150 working hours per year.
A PhD grant portion is DKK 6,243.
Salary is DKK 221.34 per working hour (+ 12.5% holiday pay).(1 April 2021 level)

When you have obtainedtheMSc degree, you will transfer to the salary-earning part of the scholarship for a period of two years. At that point, the terms of employment and payment will be according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure. Salary range starts at DKK 27,568.13 per month incl. PhD supplement.

Responsibilities and tasks in both PhD programmes

  • Complete and pass the MSc education in accordance with the curriculum of the MSc programme

 (ONLY when you are attending the integrated MSc and PhD programme)

  • 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
  • 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)
  • Your motivation for applying for the specific PhD project
  • Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Original diplomas for Bachelor of Sci ence 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)
  • The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

    The deadline for application is 1 October 2021, 23:59 GMT +2.

    After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

    The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

    Questions
    For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisors Professor Jan H. Jensen,Department of Chemistry, jhjensen@chem.ku.dk
    Professor Gemma C. Solomon, Department of Chemistry, gsolomon@chem.ku.dk

    General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd .


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