APPLY: PhD fellowship in Carbohydrate Chemistry

PhD fellowship in Carbohydrate Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen

APPLY: PhD fellowship in Carbohydrate Chemistry

Deadline: March 9, 2017


One PhD fellowship in Carbohydrate Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen

The position is in the Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme 3+5.

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering one 4+4 PhD scholarship in 2017 commencing in the period between 1st August 2017 and 1st September 2017. The research project will be conducted under the supervision of Associate Professor Christian Marcus Pedersen.


Project description

Towards the ideal Glycosylation: From mechanistic studies of the glycosylation reaction a new protocol for stereo specific catalytic glycosylation will be developed. The scope and limitations will be thoroughly studied and eventually tested in syntheses of more complex natural products. The project involves organic synthesis, NMR and other spectroscopic studies.


Principal supervisor

  1. Associate Professor Christian Marcus Pedersen
    Department of Chemistry
    University of Copenhagen



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Job description

The position is available for a 4-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months.
  • Teach in courses


Formal requirements

Applicants should hold a BA degree in chemistry with good results and have good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will be laid on statements from project supervisors and relevant work experience i.e. experience with carbohydrate chemistry, NMR-studies and catalysis.


Place and Terms of Employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.



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The positions are in the Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme 3+5

The position is primarily available for candidates who are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in chemistry or nanoscience. The duration of the integrated programme depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme please see:, “Study Structures”.


Scholarship and terms of employment for integrated MSc and PhD

PhD grant portions (Ph.D.SU klip)

In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme (up to three years), the student is entitled to so-called PhD grant portions. The grant portions are financed by the grant donor but not by the Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme Agency (as is the case for the ordinary study grant portions on the BSc and MSc programmes). They are called PhD grant portions because this kind of remuneration is regulated and described in the Executive Order on the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU‐bekendtgørelsen), and because the value of a PhD grant portion corresponds to the value of an ordinary Danish study grant portion. Students are awarded 48 PhD grant portions during the period of their MSc and PhD studies.


48 PhD grant portions at DKK 5,839 each, corresponding to DKK 280,272.


‘Duty work’

As a supplement to the PhD grant portions, the student may, in accordance with the collective agreement of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC), be offered ‘duty work’. In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme, students performing ‘duty work’ are paid by the hour. UCPH has decided to offer students on integrated MSc and PhD schemes 150 hours of ‘duty work’ per year during Part A of the programme (until two years of the combined programme of study remain). ‘Duty work’ during Part A if it has a duration of three years: 450 hours at a rate of DKK 202.64 (+ 12.5% holiday pay), corresponding to DKK 102,586.50.



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For further information about Part A please see:



Salary in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional


Associations (AC)

In the period after the completion of the MSc programme, the student is employed as a PhD scholar and is remunerated in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The scheme is arranged in such a way that students graduate from the MSc programme at a time when there are two years left of the integrated programme. For this reason, the salary must be paid for a period of two years in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The amounts specified include a supplement locally agreed upon as well as pension contributions: Salary as a PhD scholar: 24 months at a rate of DKK 28,955.15 (including pension contributions and supplement), corresponding to DKK 694,923.


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Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. 


Please include:

– Motivation letter including a description what it is that drives you to pursue a PhD degree

– Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project, and including full contact details for 2-4 referees who will support your application and who we may contact if relevant

– CV

– Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc/BA/MChem or equivalent)

– Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if relevant

– Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


The deadline for applications is 9 March 2017, 23:59 CET.

Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.


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You can read about the recruitment process at



For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Professor Christian Marcus Pedersen, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, e-mail:

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at





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