Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 45 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Subject description

The synthesis, structure and properties of carbon compounds such as reactivity are the overarching themes of research in organic chemistry. This is reflected in the development of new methods and strategies for generating both molecular and supramolecular complexity, often in the context of medical, biological and physical applications, and the use of physical chemical methods to study the structure and properties of molecules and systems. The topic is focused on synthesis of complex organic compounds, method development, asymmetric synthesis, natural product chemistry, chemical biology, catalysis, molecular self-organization and recognition, nanochemistry and molecular photo dyes. This annoucement is towards the frontier of organic chemistry - against inorganic chemistry.

Work duties

Design, synthesis and characterization of iron-based metal complexes based on, among other things, N-heterocyclic carbene ligands. Both organic and inorganic synthesis will be developed for the purpose. In synthesis, modern synthesis methods will be used. Characterization will be done with advanced analysis methods such as nuclear magnetic spectroscopy, IR and UV. Studies of the physical properties of metal complexes will be pursued.

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

Admission requirements

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in organic chemistry if he or she has:

  • A minimum of 120 credits are to derive from chemistry courses, of which at least 30 credits from a second-cycle degree project in the chosen specialization or a closely related specialization.

The specific admission requirement can also be fulfilled through another equivalent program, which is assessed in each specific case.

Additional requirements:

  • Written and oral presentation in English.
  • Ability to work in a structured and independent manner and to be able to document their results well.
  • Solid experience of organic-inorganic-chemical synthesis work (both practical and theoretical).
  • Extensive knowledge in organic chemistry, coordination chemistry and organometallic chemistry (both practical and theoretical).
  • Knowledge in spectroscopy especially NMR / UV / IR.

Assessment criteria

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.
  2. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  3. Written and oral communication skills
  4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Other assessment criteria:

  • Experience of working in groups with different skills.
  • Knowledge of X-ray crystallography and -spectroscopy is a merit.
  • Knowledge of cyclic voltammetry is a merit.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

Terms of employment

Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2022-09-01, or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/2470
  • Kenneth Wärnmark, +46462228217
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 28.Jun.2022
Last application date 19.Jul.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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