PhD Position in Organic Chemistry at Uppsala University

Uppsala University is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening PhD position in organic chemistry. Potential candidates should apply before March 10, 2019.

The chemistry research at BMC focuses on areas such as catalysis, molecular recognition, structure and dynamics of complex molecular systems, and correlations between the presence of chemical compounds and biomolecules with effects on various disease states. Research in organic chemistry at BMC is in particular focused on method development in organic synthesis and on design, synthesis and characterization of functional molecules with applications in biomedicine and materials science.

Oxygen deficiency, known as hypoxia, is a common feature of many cancer tumors since they usually outgrow their vascular supply. This project aims to design and synthesize luminescent heterocyclic compounds that specifically target hallmarks in cancer associated with hypoxia. The compounds will be characterized for their photophysical properties and further evaluated as potential therapeutics or as bioimaging agents for use in fluorescent microscopy.


To qualify for a PhD position, you must have at least 240 credits (hp), or an equivalent basic university education, with at least 90 credits in chemistry and 60 credits at the advanced level. For specialization in organic chemistry at least 90 higher education credits (or international equivalent) of courses relevant to the specialization is required. At least 40 higher education credits (or international equivalent) must be in organic chemistry at an advanced level (before 2007: CD-level).

To be employed as a PhD student, you must be accepted in the postgraduate program. Information concerning doctoral education, requirements and rules of admission can be found here and the study plan for postgraduate studies in organic chemistry can be found here.

We place great emphasis on your personal qualifications. You need to have a strong motivation for the research project and to be able to contribute with creative ideas. This project requires that you are able to work independently, but that you also have excellent collaborative skills as the project will occasionally require that you are able to collaborate with scientists from other universities. You also need good language skills in English in order to be able to interact, write and publish internationally. Levels corresponding to IELTS: overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5; TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575, internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90; Cambridge: CAE, CPE are acceptable.

Criteria for ranking

The ranking of applicants will be based on undergraduate grades, on the undergraduate education profile and on any additional experience of research in areas of relevance for the research project. Such additional experience should be documented and included in your application, e.g. through articles published in international peer-reviewed journals or by employment at companies or other institutions active in the field of research. High emphasis will also be put on personal qualifications required for the project.

In filling this position, we aim to recruit the person who, in a combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualifications, are judged most suitable to carry out and develop the project-in-hand and to contribute to a positive development of the department of chemistry. Interviews will be performed with the top candidates through visits to us or by electronic means.

Deadline: March 10, 2019
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