PhD fellow in Organic Chemistry


Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in organic synthesis commencing 1 December 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Description of the scientific environment

The research group headed by Assoc. Prof. Michael Pittelkow at the Department of Chemistry is looking for a smart, creative and independent PhD student to work on a project concerning the synthesis and characterization of conjugated helicene molecules. A strong background in organic synthesis chemistry is a prerequisite to be considered for the position.

In the research group we focus on a range of scientific questions. We are interested in both supramolecular chemistry and in aromatic chemistry. Almost all activities in the group are centered around organic synthesis, and we offer a strong interdisciplinary work environment. 

Project description
This project is funded by DFF and the goal of the project is to prepare long fully conjugated helicenes and apply these structures in nano-sized molecular machines (for previous synthetic work, see: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2019, 18419-18423). The work on molecular machines will be conducted in collaboration with Prof. Tal from the Weizmann institute and Prof. Hedegård from the Niels Bohr Institute. The project will also address the challenge of preparing the first fully conjugated chiral poly-helicene, and further synthetic work will address the antiaromatic nature of [8]circulenes (for previous work, see: Chem. Eur. J., 2020, 4935-4940 and Nature, 2019, 511-515).

Principal supervisor isAssoc. prof. Michael Pittelkow,Department of chemistry, E-mail: pittel@chem.ku.dkDirect Phone: 30545509.

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in chemistry (or similar) with good results and excellent English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) 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 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)

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 applications is Sunday 16 August 2020, 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


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


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