PhD Position in Organic Chemistry

Uppsala University Department of Chemistry

PhD student in Chemistry with specialization Organic Chemistry

Published: 2021-06-03

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Department of Chemistry – BMC announces 1-2 PhD positions in Chemistry with specialization in Organic Chemistry

Department of Chemistry – BMC conducts research and education in analytical chemistry, biochemistry and organic chemistry. More than 100 people, including around 45 PhD students, work at the department. New employees and students are recruited from all over the world and English is the main working language. The department is located at the Biomedical Centre in Uppsala, which facilitates collaborations with research groups in biology, pharmacy, medicine and SciLifeLab and gives access to advanced infrastructure for experimental and theoretical studies. The international environment and good opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations enables PhD students at the department to participate in relevant research projects and prepare for an international research career.

Read more about the research at The Department of Chemistry – BMC at our website. 

Project description: 1-2 positions are available in the laboratories of Professor Jan Streuff at the Department of Chemistry - BMC. The Streuff Group is working in the fields of Homogeneous Catalysis and Organic Synthesis. The project will deal with the discovery of new reactivity and either focus on metallocene catalysis or on catalytic reductive bond formations and cleavages. PhD students are expected to actively engage in all aspects of the research, tasks will include the synthesis of reaction precursors, and catalysts, reaction optimization and application, analysis and interpretation of the results, full characterization of new products, precise documentation, as well as reporting the results on a regular basis and forward planning.

Duties: The main duties of PhD students are to devote themselves to their research studies, which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20 %).


  • To be eligible for doctoral education, a basic higher education equivalent to at least 240 ECTS credits, including at least 60 ECTS credits at second-cycle level, or essentially equivalent competences acquired in some other way, is required. More information about the general requirements can be found here. 
  • To be admitted to the doctoral education programme in Chemistry with specialization in organic chemistry, 90 ECTS credits in chemistry or courses relevant to the chemistry field, including 40 ECTS credits in organic chemistry at second-cycle level, or essentially equivalent competences acquired in some other way, are required. More information about the subject specific requirements can be found here. 
  • Very good English proficiency in speech and writing.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities such as good collaborative skills, motivation and independence, as well as how the applicant through his/her experience and competence is judged to have the abilities necessary to develop within and acquire the doctoral education.

Additional requirements: It is desired that you have a Master´s degree in Organic Chemistry or equivalent. Hands-on experience with NMR spectroscopic analysis and from working under inert gas atmosphere as well as a strong background in synthetic organic chemistry will be considered as advantage. Experience from research (for example BSc and MSc thesis projects, academic internships, company research…) will be seen as a strong merit. Ability of critical and analytical thinking are necessities and will therefore be valued at the selection of candidates.

PhD students at the department are typically engaged in teaching at BSc and MSc level. Prior experience from teaching/mentoring, also from non-academic contexts, and outreach can therefore be considered a merit.

It is important for us to keep our lab and instruments clean and organized. Accordingly, you must be very organized and systematic in your work, and ready to actively contribute to a pleasant and productive work environment.

Application procedure: The application is preferably written in English and shall include the following documents:

  1. Personal letter
  2. CV
  3. Attested copies of certificates of exams, degrees and grades.
  4. Contact information to at least two references (e-mail address and phone number).
  5. Copy of diploma thesis, publications or other relevant documents, if available.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 2021-11-01 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of position: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. The doctoral education programme normally consists of four years of full-time studies. The position may be combined with teaching or other departmental duties (maximum 20%), which extends the employment by the corresponding time. More information about the doctoral education programme can be found here.  

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Jan Streuff,

Please submit your application by July 19th 2021. UFV-PA 2021/2461.

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Placement: Department of Chemistry - BMC

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/2461

Last application date: 2021-07-19