PhD in Computational Chemistry (Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry) Norway

The University of Troms – The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology, has a PhD position vacant for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD). The position is attached to the Department of Chemistry.

The appointment is for a period of four years. Further information about the position is available by contacting Dr. Kathrin H. Hopmann, Phone: +47 776 23109, E-mail: The position’s affiliation The position is organized under the Department of Chemistry and will be associated with the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (

The CTCC is a Norwegian Centre of Excellence, established by the Research Council of Norway in 2007. About 50 scientists, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students in the fields of theoretical and computational chemistry are currently active at the centre. The position involves research on enzymes and their modes of action. The candidate will use a broad spectrum of theoretical methods to investigate reaction mechanisms of different enzymes. There will be special focus on two research areas: a) enzymes that catalyze stereoselective reactions and can be applied in for example organic synthesis, b) enzymes that catalyze reactions relevant to biomass conversion. The insights obtained through analysis of different enzymes will be employed to design enzymes with altered activity and/or selectivity. The work of the candidate will take place in close collaboration with experimental groups in the field. It is expected that the candidate will be associated with relevant national PhD schools. The position can be filled as soon as possible and at the latest by 01.01.2016.

Qualification requirements: The successful applicant must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Computational or Theoretical Chemistry or equivalent. Candidates with a Master’s degree in Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry or equivalent but with a documented solid education in subjects relevant to theoretical/computational chemistry will also be considered. Candidates that are in the process of finishing their Master’s degree have until the day before the employment start to complete the final exam (at the latest by 31.12.2015). Good academic performances, and a genuine interest and motivation for performing research are essential to qualify for the position. Personal qualifications and suitability will be emphasized. The successful applicant must fulfill the requirements for admission to the faculty’s PhD programme, cf.

Regulation for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the University of Tromsø. In addition, he/she must be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, refer to the website about PhD regulations at UiT. The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.

The PhD Candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address: p_document_id=167946&p_dimension_id=88131&p_menu=28714

Working conditions The normal period of employment is four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year, distributed as 25 % of each year, shall be used for teaching or other duties for the university, cf. Guidelines for the research fellow’s duties. Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017.

A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fundwill be deducted. Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, etc. may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.

The University of Tromsø is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability. Advertisement text (115435).pdf – Generated from on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 7:07 AM Side 1 / 2 Assessment of candidates The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicant’s potential for conducting research at PhD level as shown by: Master’s thesis or equivalent Any other academic works Relevant research experience Academic performance In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD studies, and to any teaching qualifications. Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be sent to the University by the stipulated deadline.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified may be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position. Application The application consists of an application form and required documents. Both are sent electronically via this page ( By the application deadline, the following documents must be sent as electronic attachments to the application: Letter of application.

CV (containing a complete overview of education, professional training and work).

Certified copies of: Diploma and transcripts from your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

Diploma and transcripts from your Master’s degree or equivalent (Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system). Diploma supplement for completed degrees. Documentation of English language proficiency. Master’s thesis or equivalent and other works (published or unpublished) which the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment process. The applicants personal contribution to the submitted work needs to be indicated explicitly on a separate sheet. References (including contact details) and letters of recommendation. All documentation that is to be evaluated must be translated into English or a Scandinavian language. Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.

For candidates that are in the process of finishing their Master’s degree, the documents as listed above are to be submitted by the application deadline, with exception of documentation of completion of the final Master’s exam, which should be forwarded upon request. Applicants shall also refer to the supplementary regulations for appointment to postdoktor (postdoctoal Research Fellow), stipendiat (PhD) and vitenskapelige assistent (Research Assistant) positions at the UiT and to the Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for posts of postdoktor (Postdoctoral Fellow), stipendiat (PhD), vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) and spesialistkandidat (Resident) Questions concerning the organization of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. as well as questions about the PhD programme may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement. UiT’ s HR policy objectives emphasises diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background. UiT is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will make the necessary adaptations in order to facilitate for employees with reduced functional ability.

Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide to publish the applicant’s name.

The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication. In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence. Jobbnorge

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Deadline: 8/17/2015