PhD Fellowship in Organic Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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PhD fellowship in Organic Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Department of Chemistry invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in aluminium promoted regioselective deprotection of cyclodextrins. The project is is part of a research program directed at creating artificial enzymes and is financed by the Novo Nordisk foundation. We are looking for candidates in organic chemist with a background as chemists, chemical engineers or similar. Training in organic synthesis is required and experience with structural elucidation with NMR an advantage.

Brief Description about the PhD Fellowship in Organic Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Project Title: PhD Project in aluminium hydride promoted reactions of cyclodextrins
Application deadline: 01-05-2022
Employment start: 01-07-2022
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Chemistry

Start date is 1 August 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project Description

Cyclodextrins are inexpensive starch-derived molecules that can bind small lipophilic molecules. This gives cyclodextrins many areas of application in food and perfume industry, drug-livery and research. Being able to modify cyclodextrins selectively enhances their use and applications further because it can change their physical properties including which molecules they bind. However chemical modification of cyclodextrins is difficult due to their complex structure. A useful method of cyclodextrin modification is diisobutyl-aluminiumhydrid (DIBAL) promoted deprotection of perbenzylated cyclodextrins, which gives access to selective modifications on the primary side of the cyclodextrin – however no similarly efficient modification of the secondary side exist. The topic of this Phd project is find ways to modify both rims of the cyclodextrin selectively. Taking off in exiting discoveries in our lab the Phd student must carry out systematic investigated aimed at understanding and taming a complex reaction.


Our group and research- and what do we offer?

The phd project will be carried out in the research group of Professor Mikael Bols at the Department of Chemistry. In addition a 6 month research stay in Professor Matthieou Sollogoub’s group at the chemistry department of University of Sorbonne will be part of the project.

The group is a part of the department of chemistry at the 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 modern laboratories and access to state of the art equipment.

Principal supervisor is Professor Mikael BolsDepartment of chemistry, [email protected]Direct Phone: +45 28750160.

The PhD programme is a three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme). You must have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment 

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.

Responsibilities and tasks in the PhD Fellowship in Organic Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 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 chemistry
  • 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:

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. Your motivation for applying for the specific PhD project
  3. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  4. 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.
  5. Publication list (if possible)
  6. Reference letters (if available)


Application deadline:  1 May 2022, 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. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in week 23.

For Enquiries 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:

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

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