PhD position in Organic Chemistry
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The department of Chemistry – BMC is located within Uppsala University Biomedical Center. We conduct teaching and outstanding research in areas of Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. Research education is given within these subjects.
The chemistry research at BMC focuses on areas such as catalysis, molecular recognition, structure and dynamics of complex molecular systems, and correlations between the presence of chemical compounds and biomolecules with effects on various disease states. Research in organic chemistry at BMC is in particular focused on method development in organic synthesis and on design, synthesis and characterization of functional molecules with applications in biomedicine and materials science.
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We are looking for a graduate student in Chemistry with specialization in Organic Chemistry
Description of project:
Oxygen deficiency, known as hypoxia, is a common feature of many cancer tumors since they usually outgrow their vascular supply. This project aims to design and synthesize luminescent heterocyclic compounds that specifically target hallmarks in cancer associated with hypoxia. The compounds will be characterized for their photophysical properties and further evaluated as potential therapeutics or as bioimaging agents for use in fluorescent microscopy.
The PhD position is for four years, extendable to a maximum of five years by including department duties at a level of at most 20%, typically teaching. The time for employment can be prolonged if special reasons exist.
Nature of duties
As a PhD student in our team you will perform graduate studies within the subject and is expected to carry out advanced research in organic chemistry and to broaden your perspective and knowledge of organic chemistry by taking relevant graduate courses.
Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and regulations.
PhD students with employment in our department are normally expected to teach and participate in general departmental work, such as instrument maintenance, to a level corresponding to a maximum of 20% of the employment time.
You can read more about how it is to be a postgraduate student with us here.
To qualify for a PhD position, you must have at least 240 credits (hp), or an equivalent basic university education, with at least 90 credits in chemistry and 60 credits at the advanced level. For specialization in organic chemistry at least 90 higher education credits (or international equivalent) of courses relevant to the specialization is required. At least 40 higher education credits (or international equivalent) must be in organic chemistry at an advanced level (before 2007: CD-level).
It is desired that you have a science Master´s degree in organic chemistry or medicinal chemistry, or similar experience. Strong knowledge in synthetic organic chemistry is required.
To be employed as a PhD student, you must be accepted in the postgraduate program. Information concerning doctoral education, requirements and rules of admission can be found here and the study plan for postgraduate studies in organic chemistry can be found here.
We place great emphasis on your personal qualifications. You need to have a strong motivation for the research project and to be able to contribute with creative ideas. This project requires that you are able to work independently, but that you also have excellent collaborative skills as the project will occasionally require that you are able to collaborate with scientists from other universities. You also need good language skills in English in order to be able to interact, write and publish internationally. Levels corresponding to IELTS: overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5; TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575, internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90; Cambridge: CAE, CPE are acceptable.
It is important for us to keep our lab and instruments clean and organized. Accordingly, you must be very organized in your work and ready to contribute actively to a pleasant and productive work environment.
Criteria for ranking
The ranking of applicants will be based on undergraduate grades, on the undergraduate education profile and on any additional experience of research in areas of relevance for the research project. Such additional experience should be documented and included in your application, e.g. through articles published in international peer-reviewed journals or by employment at companies or other institutions active in the field of research. High emphasis will also be put on personal qualifications required for the project.
In filling this position, we aim to recruit the person who, in a combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualifications, are judged most suitable to carry out and develop the project-in-hand and to contribute to a positive development of the department of chemistry. Interviews will be performed with the top candidates through visits to us or by electronic means.
Your application must include a personal letter with a short description of yourself and the reasons why you are interested in the position. You must also include a CV, authorized copies of degrees and diplomas, copies of your bachelor or master thesis and other documents, such as publications, that you want to provide. Names and contact details of at least two scientists that have offered to act as references for you must also be included, with a clear indication of their relationship to you.
Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 .
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting date: According to agreement, temporary position four years with up to 20% prolongation.
Type of position: Full time position.
For further information about the position please contact
Christine Dyrager (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: + 46184713812).
Please submit your application by 10th of March 2019, UFV-PA 2019/377.
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Placement: Department of Chemistry - BMC
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/377
Last application date: 2019-03-10