PhD scholarship in Chemistry – DTU Chemistry

22. november 2022


  • Udsendt dato
    22. november 2022
  • Udløbsdato
    12. december 2022

Job beskrivelse

If you are ambitious and seeking to contribute to laying the foundation for a sustainable future through understanding of chemical and biochemical conversion of bio-sourced substrates, a possibility is right here for you.

A 3-year PhD scholarship is available at the Department of Chemistry, DTU from March 1, 2023 or soon thereafter. The scholarship is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and will be carried out under the supervision of Associate Professor Sebastian Meier in an international environment at DTU Chemistry.

We are interested in the discovery and characterization of dynamic processes in biochemical and chemical systems of relevance to sustainability. We use NMR spectroscopy for serendipitous discoveries and unbiased characterizations of molecules, their conversion, and their interactions in complex systems.

Responsibilities and qualifications

In this project, NMR methods that were developed for medical purposes will be compounded to detect solvent effects on catalyst-substrate interactions, the ensuing conversion pathways, and on their branch points.

Your work will strengthen the ambitions to accelerate the detection of sustainable chemical or biochemical approaches through the development of advanced analytics using state of the art high-field and hyperpolarized NMR spectroscopy.

The aim is to facilitate new processes through rational selection of suitable solvents, based upon their underlying effects on the (bio)chemistry and speed of the transformations.

You will work with nearby colleagues, and with academic partners at the Imperial College in London.

The interdisciplinary nature of the project makes it a prerequisite that you have a broad interest in the application of physical methods for the study of (bio)chemical function.

Your primary tasks will include to:

  • develop, evolve, and apply simple NMR methods for the discovery of reactions and pathway chemistry
  • apply the methods to the discovery of solvation effects and catalyst functions
  • deduce rational design rules for solvent selection in new processes
  • contribute to teaching and supervising BSc and MSc student projects

You must have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.

You should have a degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, or biophysics. Basic experience with experimental organic chemistry, biotechnology, NMR, statistical metabolomics methods, or data base programming would be an advantage.
You must be able to work independently, but also participate in collaborations, strive toward scientific excellence, be highly motivated, ambitious, and hard-working. Good communication skills in written and spoken English are required.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU’s rules for the PhD education


The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professors Sebastian Meier (DTU Chemistry) and Pernille Rose Jensen (DTU Health Technology).

We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Starting date is 1.3.2023 or 1.4.2023 (or according to mutual agreement). The position is a full-time position.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Sebastian Meier, tel.: +45 61 77 92 72, e-mail: [email protected]

You can read more about the Department of Chemistry at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark
. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar
” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 12 December 2022 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file
containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link Apply online, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file
. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Technology for people

DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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