PhD fellow in Chemical Biology and Nanobioscience

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Bioorthogonal self-assembly of peptides commencing 1 May 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
 
Description of the scientific environment  
Our research is at the interface between synthetic chemistry, biology, physics, and biomedicine. The starting point for our research is chemical synthesis, peptide chemistry, carbohydrate chemistry, organic chemistry on proteins, or chemistry on nanoparticles and surfaces. We are developing new, general chemical tools that enable us to contribute to medicinal chemistry and chemical biology.  
http://nano.ku.dk/english/research/nanobioorganic-chemistry/  
 
Project description  
The projects will be carried out at the Department of Chemistry and will be part of the Biomolecular Nano-scale Engineering Center.  
The projects will aim at developing new nano-structures using (1) peptide-oligonucleotide conjugates and (2) peptide-carbohydrate conjugates. Next, the ability of the conjugates to assemble into higher order structures by their inherent orthogonal self-assembling segments will be studied. A strong background in organic chemistry, peptide and protein chemistry, and nanobioscience or biophysics is required. A good understanding of molecular self-assembly will be an advantage.  
 
Principal supervisor is Professor Knud J. Jensen, Department of Chemistry, kjj@chem.ku.dk  Direct Phone: +45 21516721.  
 
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, molecular life science, or nanobioscence, with good results and good 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 312.879 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.219). 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, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project  
• CV  
• Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)  
• Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any  
• Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),  
• Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees  
 
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 25 February 2018, 23:59 GMT +1. 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 process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/  
 
Questions  
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Professor Knud J. Jensen, Department of Chemistry, E-mail kjj@chem.ku.dk  Direct Phone: +45 2151 6721].  
 
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at http://www.science.ku.dk/phd.  
 
 
 


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