Postdoc in Organic Synthesis of Fluorescent Dyes

Background
 In the research group of Prof. Bo Wegge Laursen at Nano-Science Center and Department of Chemistry a major research topic is the design and synthesis of new fluorescent dyes. Our research projects both aims at development of new dyes to improve our fundamental understanding of the relationship between molecular structure and fluorescent properties as well as to develop dyes for specific applications such as improved cell imaging and antibody diagnostic assays. Much of our synthesis activities ae centered on cationic dyes of the triangulenium and rhodamine families. In the group we are a mixture of organic synthetic chemists and spectroscopists and we collaborate with a wide range of groups using our fluorescent dye.  
 
Job description
We seek an experienced synthetic chemist with a great passion for research and the organic laboratory. You will have your own projects aiming at synthesizing new triangulenium dyes with enhanced brightness and sensor functions, but will also act as manager of the organic synthesis laboratory and supervisor for students.  
The position is for 2 years with possible extension. The employment is planned to start 1 April 2018 or upon agreement with the chosen candidate.  
 
Qualification
The candidate should have demonstrated excellent scientific productivity, evidenced by high-quality research publications, be able to conduct independent and creative research, and show good inter-personal and communication skills.  
 

  • The candidates are required to have a PhD degree or equivalent in chemistry with focus on organic synthesis.  
  • Documented hands-on experience in designing synthetic routes and solving challenging synthetic problems.  
  • Excellent scientific track-record, including at least one publication as first author in a high-quality, peer reviewed international journal.  
  • The candidate must be fluent in English and have good communication skills, both oral and written.  
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, motivation, flexibility and confidence.  
  • The ideal candidate has several of the following qualifications:  
    • Experience with synthesis and purification of organic fluorescent dyes  
    • Hands-on experience with NMR, MS and HPLC  
    • Experience as laboratory manager  
    • Experience with supervision of students in organic synthesis projects  
    • Experience with UV-Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy is an advantage  
 
Further information on the Department is linked at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/  
 
Inquiries about the position can be made to Bo Wegge Laursen, bwl@nano.ku.dk    
 
The position is open from 1st of April 2018 or 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 419.760 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 71.760). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.  
 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
 
Please include  
- Curriculum vita  
- 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 1 March 2018 23:59 GMT +1.  
 
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 http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/  
 
Interviews will be held medio March  
 


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