Department of Chemistry invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in the synthesis and studies of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons incorporating redox-active dithiafulvene units at the periphery. The project is part of the research project “Synthesis-Driven Development of New Two-Dimensional Materials – Redox-Active Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Sheets”, which is financed by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Start date is (expected to be) 1 October 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project

This project focuses on the development of synthetic protocols for the preparation of small nanosheets of graphene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), containing redox-active functional units at the periphery, such as heterocyclic dithiafulvenes. Such nanosheets are of potential interest for several applications such as conducting materials and redox sensors for bioapplications. The project is rooted in organic synthesis, but will involve also UV-Vis absorption studies, electrochemical studies (cyclic voltammetry and spectroelectrochemistry) and electrocrystallization experiments for obtaining conducting materials.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates within the field of organic synthesis. Moreover, the candidate must have some experience in performing electrochemical studies (determination of redox potentials, etc.).

Our group and research- and what do we offer?

The research group of Prof. Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen focuses on to design, synthesize, and study of functional macromolecules, in particular π-conjugated molecules. All activities are rooted in organic synthesis. The group is a part of Department of Chemistry, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen, and affiliated also to the Nano-Science Center. We are located in Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern synthesis laboratories.

Principal supervisor is Prof. Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen, Department of Chemistry, E-mail:, Direct Phone: +45 51700144

The PhD programme

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

To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. organic chemistry.

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.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks PhD programme

  • 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 organic synthesis
  • 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:

The deadline for applications is 8 July 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, if so, for which of the two models. 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 32 or 33.

For specific information 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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