Two PhD Studentship Positions in Main Group Chemistry and Organic Photochemistry at Uppsala University in Sweden

Two PhD Studentship Positions in Main Group Chemistry and Organic Photochemistry at Uppsala University in Sweden

Two PhD Studentship Positions in Main Group Chemistry and Organic Photochemistry are currently open for application from interested and qualified candidates at Uppsala University in Sweden. 


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Brief Description

Placement: Department of Chemistry – Ångström Laboratory

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben [email protected]
ST/TCO [email protected]
Saco-rådet [email protected]

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/1763

Last application date: 2022-06-10




We are looking for a Ph.D. student at Andreas Orthaber’s research group and one at Stefano Crespi’s research group, two of the six research labs in the unit for Synthetic Molecular Chemistry (SMC) at the Department of Chemistry – Ångström. At the SMC, highly interdisciplinary research is conducted at the border between molecular inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry, with a wide range of physical chemistry.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which include participating in research projects and third cycle courses. Teaching on undergraduate and Master levels may be agreed upon, up to 20% of full time.

For the position in Main Group Chemistry, the Ph.D project will focus on the investigation of heavier main group analogs of organic quinoidal structures, with a particular focus on group 15 derivatives. The studies include opto-electronic, coupled redox reactivity, and reactivity studies in small molecule and E-H bond activations. The multidisciplinary project covers aspects from organic synthesis, physico-chemical studies and theoretical investigations of these quinoidal/aromatic biradicaloid systems, with a strong focus of the Ph.D project on the synthesis and handling of highly reactive main group compounds.

For the position in Organic Photochemistry, the Ph.D. project will focus on the study of substituent effects on the photochemistry of aromatic molecules to develop novel photoreactions and photoactuators (e.g. molecular switches and motors) based on aromatic structures. The project will involve a multidisciplinary approach that will be focused on organic synthesis and corroborated with the exploration of the reaction mechanisms by means of computational chemistry and spectroscopy. The research will be conducted in collaboration with other research groups within and outside the department.



A person meets the general admission requirements if they:

  • have been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or has acquired essentially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad
  • have very good oral and written proficiency in English
  • have proven experience in experimental (in)organic chemistry
  • have developed problem-solving analytical skills

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.


Additional qualifications

For the position in Main Group Chemistry, the candidate’s previous experience in main group chemistry will be considered an advantage. The candidate will be able to develop the project within the team, thus working both independently and as part of a team are important qualities. An interest in fundamental research will be highly valued.

For the position in Organic Photochemistry, the candidate’s previous experience with physical organic chemistry, photochemistry, and computational tools to describe both ground and excited-state processes will be considered an advantage. The focus will be on the personal attitude and engagement of the candidate: strong motivation and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team are important qualities that will be evaluated.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University’s rules and guidelines.



About the employment

The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

The application should be written in English. The applicant with the appropriate qualifications submits:

  • a letter with a description of the research interests and the reasons why they are suitable for the position;
  • CV containing a brief description of experience, expertise and publication list;
  • a copy of the certificates attesting their qualification and grades;
  • names and contact details of two to three reference persons with a description of how they relate to the applicant.

For further information about the position in Main Group Chemistry, please contact: Andreas Orthaber [email protected].

For further information about the position in Organic Photochemistry, please contact: Stefano Crespi [email protected].

Please submit your application by 10 June 2022, UFV-PA 2022/1763.

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