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PhD fellowship in Environmental and Biological Analytical Chemistry – UCPH, Denmark.

University of Copenhagen (UCPH)


The Analytical Chemistry research group, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD position in environmental and biological analytical chemistry with focus on non-target screening analysis of complex samples like plant leaves, wastewater, and bio-oils using comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography mass spectrometry – Denmark.

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Jan 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Analytical Chemistry research group
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Copenhagen K,

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Qualification Details

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Analytical Chemistry or equivalent with good results and good English skills.

Your qualifications: As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on:

  • Previous publications (if any) and scientific writing skills, incl a high motivation for litterature work and scientific writing
  • Relevant work/practical experience with:
  • Liquid chromatography, two-dimensional chromatography, (surface) ionisation techniques, mass spectrometry and including troubleshooting, method development, validation, quality control
  • Customization of analytical equipment
  • Suspect screening and non-target screening analysis
  • Plants, wastewater and/or bio-oils
  • Applied chromatographic and mass spectrometry data processing
  • Good collaborative skills, and the ability to work in project groups where collaborative efforts are needed to achieve the objectives
  • Teaching experience and motivation
  • Positive mind-set, a structured approach to research, and the ability to communicate and discuss aims, methodology, results and conclusions with supervisors and project partners, and modify these accordingly and in iterations.

Experience with project management is a plus, but not mandatory.

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in analytical chemistry, and in particular in liquid chromatography and multi-dimensional separations.
  • Good language skills

Responsibilities/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
  • Complete and pass the MSc education in accordance with the curriculum of the MSc programme(ONLY when you are attending the integrated MSc and PhD programme)
  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

Please include:

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. A project proposal for the PhD-period including suggested aims, technical aspects of comprehensive 2DLC and DESI, and suggested collaborative trials with The Matrix, Vandalf and a bio-oil research collaboration
  3. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  4. Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  5. Publication list (if possible)
  6. Reference letters (if available)

About the Project

The PhD project will focus primarily on development and application of comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography mass spectrometry platforms for plant leaves and associated microbes, wastewater and bio-oils, but also on specialized ionization techniques applicable to leaves surfaces i.e. desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The position may also involve establishing workflows for chromatographic and mass spectral signal processing of the resulting data, multivariate statistical analysis and/or compound identification using chemoinformatics. The PhD student will be part of larger research consortia and associated to research projects on plant-microbe interaction in the phyllo-sphere (The Matrix, a project under the Novo Nordisk Foundation Collaborative Crop Resilience Programme), linking the chemical fingerprint of wastewater to toxicity (Vandalf, an Innovation Fund Denmark Grand Solutions Project) and on detailed characterization of bio-oils in collaboration with industry partners.

Depending of your level of education, you can undertake the PhD programme as either:

Option A: A three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme), if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

Option B: An up to five year full-time study programme within the framework of the integrated MSc and PhD programme (the 3+5 scheme), if you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree – but you have an education equivalent to a Danish bachelors´s degree.

About the Group

The PhD-student will be a part of the Analytical Chemistry Group. The research focus of the group is on suspect and non-target screening in biological and environmental matrices. For this we use primarily chromatography-mass spectrometry platforms and advanced and customized signal processing. The group consists of app. 15 people and in addition to this continuously around 15 project students. The group conducts teaching at BSc-, MSc- and PhD-level in Analytical Chemistry, Sampling and Sample Preparation, Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry, Arctic Pollution Research and Big Data.

We offer the possibility for close interaction or collaboration with fellow PhD-students, and other students and scientific staff in a mixed international/Danish environment. Our research facility, Research Centre for Advanced Analytical Chemistry (RAACE) include modern laboratories and instrumentation: PLE, automated SPE, UHPLC, GC, SFC, 2DLC, 2DGC, ESI/APCI/APPI-QqTOFMS, -TOFMS and -QqQ, EI-TOF and -Q.

The group is a part of Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen.

About the Employer: University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Note or Other details

Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in second half of November 2021.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website:

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Contact details

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor, Nikoline Juul Nielsen, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, njn@plen.ku.dkDirect Phone: +45 35332344.

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