PhD student position in Organic Photochemistry
Sort on published: 2017-11-16
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The Department of Chemistry – Ångström has more than 300 active persons, consisting of employees (170 persons), guest researchers, and master students.
We are looking for a PhD student to join the group of Assoc. Prof. Henrik Ottosson, one of five research groups within the Synthetic Molecular Chemistry (SMC) unit at Chemistry – Ångström. The SMC unit is a newly started unit that carries out research at the interface between molecular inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry, and with physical chemistry as a significant component.
Research in the Ottosson group is devoted to organic photochemistry, with special focus on applications of aromaticity and antiaromaticity effects in electronically excited states as given by Baird’s rule (see Chem. Rev. 2014, 114, 5379). The group carries out both experimental and computational research, and has an extensive network of collaborations, primarily with other academic groups but recently also with industry. Research on Baird’s rule on excited state aromaticity and antiaromaticity has historically been of fundamental character, yet, the ambition of the Ottosson group is to use it as a tool for the development of new chemistry with various applications.
Project: The PhD student will work on a project aimed at developing photochemical coupling reactions, exploiting the excited state (anti)aromaticity concept. These photoreactions should be useful for the coupling of short hydrocarbons into longer ones, potentially useful as biocrudes for lubricant oils. Thus, the project bridges between fundamental and applied chemistry, and it will be carried out in close collaboration with researchers at Avantherm AB, a Stockholm based start-up company. Research will be extensively devoted to reaction optimization, and it may involve scales larger than regular laboratory scales.
Qualifications: At the appointed starting date the applicant must have an MSc degree or the equivalent in experimental organic chemistry, ideally on method development in organic photochemistry, radical chemistry or a related area. Large emphasis will be placed on personal qualities; we are looking for a person with good collaboration and communication skills, who is able to work efficiently and independently. Excellent knowledge in English, both written and oral, is a must. The PhD student should also be interested and feel comfortable in both academic and industrial settings.
Application: The application should be written in English and include: (i) Letter of motivation, with a short description of your research interests, and why you feel you are a good match for the project; (ii) CV including a description of relevant skills and experiences, as well as a list of potential publications; (iii) a copy of your degree diploma and a transcript of grades on courses taken during BSc and MSc studies; and (iv) names and contact information of three persons who can provide a letter of reference in support of your application, with a short description of how these individuals are professionally related to you.
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
Pay: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants
Starting: 2018-02-01 or as otherwise agreed
Working hours: 100 %
For further information please contact:
Associate Professor Henrik Ottosson,
phone: +46 18 471 7476, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2017-12-15,
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Placement: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
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Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/4143
Last application date: 2017-12-15