PhD fellow in organic synthesis of fluorescent dyes

Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen


Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in organic synthesis of fluorescent dyes commencing 15.10.2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The research group of Prof. Bo Wegge Laursen at Nano-Science Center and Department of Chemistry is seeking a creative PhD student with a strong background in organic synthesis, preferable experienced in synthesis of cationic dyes. The group focuses on design, synthesis and applications of novel fluorescent organic dyes and materials. We work on development of novel fluorescent assays and sensors utilizing fluorescent nanoparticles and organic dyes of the triangulenium and rhodamine families. We offer a creative, international and strongly interdisciplinary work environment.

 Project description
The project focus on development of new triangulenium dyes with potential as fluorescent probes for pH and other analytes in biological samples.     

 Principal supervisor is Professor Bo W. Laursen, Department of Chemistry, E-mail:, Direct Phone: +45 40433881.

 Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in chemistry with good results and good English skills. Previous experience with organic synthesis is a requirement. Experience with synthesis of cationic dyes and fluorescence spectroscopy is an advantage.

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.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). 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
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • 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 application is 15.08.2020 23:59 GMT +1

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.
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Professor Bo W. Laursen, Department of Chemistry, E-mail:, Direct Phone: +45 40433881.
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at 


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Application deadline: 15-08-2020
Employment start: 15-10-2020
Department/Location: Department of Chemistry

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