PhD student in Chemistry

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Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Department of Chemistry – Ångström conducts research and education in the chemistry field. The department has more than 230 employees and has a turnover of 220 million SEK. At the department’s six programs, we conduct very successful research of a high international standard. We have a large number of externally funded research projects, often with international cooperation and we see continued good growth in our subject area. The department has education assignments in engineering programs and master’s programs. More information is available on our website.

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Development of photocatalytic reactionsThe projects deal with the preparation of photoactive metal complexes and their application in catalysing organic transformations. The project has organic, spectroscopic and coordination chemistry aspects; the systems will be characterized using traditional organic as well as electrochemical, photochemical and spectroscopic methods. The project will in part be conducted in collaboration with partners at Uppsala University. Representative recent publications are: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 21056 and Coord. Chem. Rev. 2018, 364, 1-9.

Duties Synthesis of ligands and their metal complexes. Chemical and spectroscopic characterisation of the complexes, evaluation of their photophysical and photochemical behaviour. Development of catalytic transformations, and optimization of the reactions. Writing of research reports and publications, presentation of the research results at departmental and group meetings, and national and international conferences. The position likely involves the supervision of undergraduate project workers.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Admission requirements A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Requirements To meet the requirements the candidate must have: 

  • Degree or equivalent as above in Chemistry or a related subject
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Experience in organic or inorganic synthesis.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

Additional qualifications Experience with the development of catalytic reactions and/or f-element chemistry and/or luminescence spectroscopy is valuable. 

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University’s rules and guidelines.

About the employmentThe employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 2023-09-01 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Eszter Borbas, +46-18-471-7340,

Please submit your application by June 15th 2023, UFV-PA 2023/2057.

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Placement: Department of Chemistry – Ångström Laboratory

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO Seko Universitetsklubben Saco-rådet

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2023/2057

Last application date: 2023-06-15