Two PhD Fellowships in Lanthanide Solution Chemistry 2018, Denmark


August 01, 2018


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Two PhD Fellowships in Lanthanide Solution Chemistry

The positions are available as a 3 year PhD fellowship or in the Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme.  
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen is offering one or two PhD scholarships in 2018 commencing in the period from 01.09.2018 – 31.08.2021. The positions are open to candidates with a curiosity-driven approach to chemistry. The candidates should be motivated and ready to take control of their own individual research project, which will be conducted in a dynamic, innovative, and multidisciplinary research group under the supervision of Associate Professor Thomas Just Sørensen. The fellowships are supported by the Villum Foundation.  

Description of the scientific environment  

The positions are in the group of Thomas Just Sørensen, Nano-Science Center & Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen. More information on the group can be found at  

Project description  

Fellowships within preparatory chemistry, each candidate should clearly indicate if they consider themselves experts within the field of organic synthesis or coordination chemistry. The main project is designing new ligands for lanthanide ions. The candidate will work on making newly tailored ligands for trivalent lanthanide ions with specific applications in mind. The candidate may work primarily with organic ligand synthesis, or primarily on studying the complexation process. All experimental work relies on coordination chemistry and various forms of spectroscopy.  

Principal supervisor  

Associate Professor Thomas Just Sørensen  
Department of Chemistry  
University of Copenhagen  

Job description  

The position is available for a 3/4/5-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:  
  • To manage and carry through your research project  
  • Attend courses  
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research  
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, most likely in Oxford, Boston, Tallahassee, Durham and Berkeley
  • Work for the department  

Formal requirements  

Applicants should hold a BA or an MSc degree in chemistry with good results and have good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on statements from project supervisors and relevant work experience.  

Terms of employment  

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. 
The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 317.459 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.852). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.  

Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme  

The position is also available for candidates who are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in Chemistry. The duration of the integrated programme depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme please see, “Study Structures”.  

Scholarship and terms of employment for integrated MSc and PhD  

PhD grant portions (Ph.D.‐SU klip)  
In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme (up to three years), the student is entitled to so-called PhD grant portions. The grant portions are financed by the grant donor but not by the Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme Agency (as is the case for the ordinary study grant portions on the BSc and MSc programmes). They are called PhD grant portions because this kind of remuneration is regulated and described in the Executive Order on the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU‐bekendtgørelsen) and because the value of a PhD grant portion corresponds to the value of an ordinary Danish study grant portion. Students are awarded 48 PhD grant portions during the period of their MSc and PhD studies. 48 PhD grant portions at DKK 5,839 each, corresponding to DKK 280,272.  

'Duty work' 

As a supplement to the PhD grant portions, the student may, in accordance with the collective agreement of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC), be offered 'duty work'. In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme, students performing 'duty work' are paid by the hour. UCPH has decided to offer students on integrated MSc and PhD schemes 150 hours of 'duty work' per year during Part A of the programme (until two years of the combined programme of study remain). 'Duty work' during Part A if it has a duration of three years: 450 hours at a rate of DKK 202.64 (+ 12.5% holiday pay), corresponding to DKK 102,586.50. For further information about Part A please see    

Salary in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional  

Associations (AC)  

In the period after the completion of the MSc programme, the student is employed as a PhD scholar and is remunerated in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The scheme is arranged in such a way that students graduate from the MSc programme at a time when there are two years left of the integrated programme. For this reason, the salary must be paid for a period of two years in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The amounts specified include a supplement locally agreed upon as well as pension contributions: Salary as a PhD scholar: 24 months at a rate of DKK 28,955.15 (including pension contributions and supplement), corresponding to DKK 694,923.  

Application Procedure  

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically.
Please include 
  • Motivation letter including a description what it is that drives you to pursue a PhD degree  
  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project, and including full contact details for 2-4 referees who will support your application and who we may contact if relevant  
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc/BA/MChem/MSc or equivalent)  
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if relevant
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)  
The University wishes the staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.  
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 processat  
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Publish Date
May 30, 2018
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