Organic chemistry phd positions (Sweden)

This is about our lives and natural resources, about energy, materials recycling and materials development. With our focus on sustainable development we work with research and education of the highest quality for smarter materials and smarter processes, for improved health and a better environment.

We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research divisions and one administrative unit. We are situated at campus Johanneberg.

Our department is characterized by inspiring world-leading research, in an environment of personal development and creation of new knowledge.

Information about the research

To supply and support the ever-increasing and still aging population pose challenging demands on society for efficient production of material and health care products.  Thus, transforming raw materials into add-on value products in an efficient and atom economical manner is of pivotal importance. Efficiency in organic synthesis is largely determined by the selectivity and atom economy of a reaction. The objective for our lab is to use small organic molecules as catalyst for the generation of high molecular complexity by environmentally benign design. A recent discovery showed that dialkyl imidazoliums (also known as ionic liquids) could be used as potent and selective catalysts for range of reactions. Mechanistic investigations suggest a new type of activation mechanism for these types of reactions, thus opening up new possibilities for benign reaction design. Your project is to evaluate and develop this new and exciting chemistry.

Major responsibilities

The work performed as a PhD student should result in a written and defended doctoral thesis and comply with the objectives of Chalmers for a doctoral degree.
Apart from the scientific objective the PhD student is expected to:

  1. take part in group responsibilities such as, group meetings, literature presentations and floor duty
  2. take PhD student courses (60 credits is mandatory to obtain a PhD)
  3. write a licentiate thesis
  4. present research at scientific meetings
  5. take part in teaching activities such as course lab duty
  6. Position summary: Full-time temporary employment with a competitive monthly salary and full social benefits, limited to a maximum of four years plus teaching and other departmental duties.

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have:

a master’s level degree in chemistry.

At least on course on advanced level in organic chemistry

Degree work in/or related to organic chemistry preferably in synthetic methodology development.

Knowledge with basic analytical and structural determination techniques such as, GC, HPLC, IR, MS and NMR

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20150123 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

Application: (Please name the document: APPLICATION, Family name, reference number)
− CV

Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.

Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter/Qualifications: (Please name the document as: QUALIFICATIONS, family name, ref. number) 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself present your qualifications and describe your future research plans.
− Previous research fields and main research results.
− Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

− Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
− Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: May 31, 2015

For questions, please contact:
Henrik Sundén
+46 31-772 3024
Jerker Mårtensson
+46 31-772 3071

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