Postdoc in Organic Chemistry


Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a postdoc fellowship in organic synthesis commencing 1 October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is available for two years.

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 postdoc 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) and in the preparation of chiral OLEDs.

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, and the work concerning OLEDs will be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Brock-Nannestad at the Department of Chemistry. 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).

The postdoc’s duties will include research within organic chemistry as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Assoc. prof. Michael Pittelkow,Department of chemistry, E-mail: pittel@chem.ku.dkDirect Phone: 30545509

The position is open from 1 October 2020or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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 up to DKK 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

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.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews will be held in late September –  early October 2020.


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