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PhD scholarship: Lanthanide-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks

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Frist 7. maj 2021
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A 3-year PhD scholarship in metal-organic framework (MOF) chemistry funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark is available at the Department of Chemistry. The project will be under supervision of Associate Professor Kasper S. Pedersen and is starting as soon as possible.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The synthetic engineering of the inorganic and organic building blocks constituting all MOF-materials leads to almost endless possibilities for MOF properties tuning (e.g. electronic, magnetic, optical, etc.). The PhD project will focus on the design, synthesis, and characterization of new types of metal-organic network based on the lanthanide ions. This includes also the elucidation of structural and physical properties, and electronic structures. A significant fraction of the experiments will be performed at international large-scale facilities (synchrotron and neutron sources) in Europe and in the US. The project will have significant impact on the understanding of novel magnetic MOFs based on lanthanide ions, and the correlations between chemical and electronic structures and the ensuing MOF properties. Active dissemination of the obtained results, in scientific articles and through participation in international conferences, is an integral part of the job.

The candidate should have a Master’s degree (120 ECTS points; or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree) in chemistry with a focus on synthetic inorganic chemistry and the physical characterization of coordination compounds. Experience with lanthanide chemistry, crystallography, magnetometry, and spectroscopy (electron paramagnetic resonance, luminescence, inelastic neutron scattering) are considered a strong advantage. Most importantly, the candidate should be highly motivated, able to work independently and should be confident in both written and spoken English. The applicant should strive towards scientific excellence, be ambitious and hard working. Only applicants, who seek to be among the brightest in their field and do science at the highest international level, will be considered.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Assessment
The assessment of the candidates will be made by Associate Professor Kasper S. Pedersen.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 7 May 2021 (Danish time) .

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file . The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae (including name and contact information of Master’s degree supervisor)
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
  • You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

    All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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