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Postdoc position, Bioinorganic Chemistry and Spectroscopy, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen

Project: ”Harnessing the Energy of the Sun for Biomass Conversion”

Biological Chemistry Group, Department of Chemistry at University of Copenhagen is offering a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship within the field of bioinorganic chemistry and spectroscopy to study light-driven reactions of lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases. The project commences 1 April 2017 and the position is open as soon as possible thereafter.



In the project we want to explore and characterize the light driven enzymatic mechanism of LPMO. We intend to oxidize cellulose by controlling the light absorption, excitation energy and long range electron transfer using biochemical, bioinorganic and biophysical methods. Understanding of ROS formation and enzyme kinetics will be part of the project. Knowledge of time resolved spectroscopy will be an advantage.


Research environment

The Biological Chemistry group at the University of Copenhagen brings together researchers from the areas of bioinorganic chemistry, biophysics and biochemistry in a strong cross-disciplinary environment. The current project is carried out in collaboration with excellent national and international groups providing a strong foundation for science of international excellence. The position is part of a Novo Nordisk Foundation Synergy program project and it is expected that there will be extensive collaboration with other postdocs and researchers on the project working across three departments: Department of Chemistry, Department Geoscience and Natural Resources and Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. 


Qualification requirements

The candidate must have a PhD within bioinorganic chemistry, biophysical chemistry, biochemistry or similar experience. 

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

· A strong background in experimental bioinorganic chemistry

· A strong background in spectroscopy

Experience with enzyme assays as well as with basic analytic tools like HPLC and MS. The candidate must be fluent in English and the candidate should
be able to perform team-oriented as well as independent work.

Job description

We seek a postdoc for a full-time position. The position is available for a 2-year period and your key tasks as post doc are:

·         to independently design and execute experiments and manage data analysis.

·         to record experimental results in a professional manner.

·         to draft and submit research articles as the primary author to peer-review journals.

·         to disseminate the research results in conferences etc.

·         to execute “Good Laboratory Practice”  and ensure safety.

·         to contribute to the maintenance of shared instruments.

·         to participate in Departmental and Section activities.



Principal supervisor is Professor Morten J. Bjerrum, Department of Chemistry, email:


Terms of employment

The position is time limited to 24 months

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. The starting salary is currently up to DKK 408,730 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 69,893). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


Application procedure

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

Please include

· Cover Letter. Please state your motivation and describe how your background contributes to the project. Please also include full contact details (name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees (Maximum 1 page).

· CV (maximum 2 pages).

· Complete publication list

· Diploma and transcripts for BSc, MSc and PhD degrees.

· Research plan - description of current research plans

· Separate pdf of 3 particularly relevant papers in your publication list

Applications received after the deadline or with insufficient documentation or otherwise not complying with above requirements will not be considered.

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 April 2017 at 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered. The successful candidate should begin 1 May 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

You can read more about the recruitment process at


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Morten J. Bjerrum


Ansøgningsfrist: 09-04-2017
Ansættelsesform: Tidsbegrænset periode
Ansættelsesdato: 01-05-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Chemistry

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