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Roskilde University

Postdoc in Chemistry

The Department of Science and Environment (DSE), Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as a postdoc in Chemistry from March 1st, 2022, or soon thereafter. The position is for a period of two years.
 

Description of the project
The Peptoid Nanosheets project is funded by the VILLUM Foundation for the period 2022-2024 with Assoc. Professor Biljana Mojsoska as Principal Investigator. The aim of this research project is to further the understanding of the fundamental governing principles of peptoid nanosheet formation, in particular regarding investigation and development of functional nanosheets. Developments in this research area enable high impacts in the field of nanotechnology, especially for the synthesis of novel rigid structures with potential diverse biological properties. The post doc position will be part of the above project and anchored in a highly interdisciplinary work environment at the Chemistry group at the department.

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated postdoc candidate for interdisciplinary research activities building on competences within organic and surface chemistry. The postdoc will be working with the experimental methods available at the Chemistry section and the Center for Frustrated Molecular Interactions (FRUSTMI) with Assoc. Professor Biljana Mojsoska.

You will become part of a research group where we care for each other and collaborate actively on a daily basis. Roskilde University is located close to Copenhagen with good train connections (30 min. from CPH central station). Copenhagen is ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. We offer freedom with responsibility, flexible office hours, and an informal and curiosity driven research team.
 

The focus of the experimental work of the group is on:

  • Design and synthesis of long chains of peptide mimetics for nanosheet formation.
  • Assessment of novel nanomaterials using different techniques available at RUC and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories in Berkeley, California.  
  • Nanosheets effect on biological pathogens (e.g. bacteria, viruses etc.)
  • A close interaction and collaboration between theory and experiment, catalyzed by weekly 2-hour joint group meetings.

 

The presently available experimental methods include solid-phase peptide synthesis instruments, AKTA purification systems, high performance liquid-chromatography mass-spectrometry instrumentation, atomic force microscopy, confocal fluorescence microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, vial-rocker for nanosheet formation and diversity of bioactivity validation assays.
 

Responsibilities and tasks
Your main task will be to conduct research related to the field of organic and surface chemistry for synthesis and formation of novel nanomaterials as well as dissecting their biological potentials. In addition, a certain amount of

teaching is also required. You will be part of the scientific staff and are as such expected to participate in departmental and group-related activities.
 

Qualifications.
The following qualifications are required

  • A Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or a related field (Surface engineering, Synthetic Organic Chemistry or Surface Chemistry (Bio-nanomaterials))
  • Solid experimental experience with organic synthesis and surface chemistry with a focus on the following techniques:
    • Solid-phase peptide synthesis, experience with peptoid synthesis is appreciated,
    • Atomic force microscopy,
  • Excellent written and oral English language communication skills
  • Highly organized with strong attention to details and a focus on quality results
  • Strong record of peer-reviewed publications

 

Knowledge of the following techniques will be an advantage.

  • X-ray diffraction dissociation
  • FTIR
  • Zeta-potential

 

We are looking for an ambitious, curious, and open-minded person that can work effectively in a team environment. You are expected to possess good communication skills and to be a visible, involved participant in the department’s daily activities.
 

Assessment
In the formal assessment, regarding qualifications consideration will be given to:

  • quality and relevance of scientific work
  • documented degree to match with the technical and soft skills listed under “Qualifications” above
  • knowledge and enthusiasm about the research project (Cover letter),
  • ability to promote and utilize research results,
  • ability and willingness to contribute to the development of the department’s internal and external cooperation

 

About the department
Department of Science and Environment is one of four departments at Roskilde University. The Department conducts basic and applied research within mathematics, medical biology, physics, molecular biology, environmental sciences, and chemistry. Bachelor and Master programs are offered within these areas. Research and education within the fields takes place in a collaborative and interdisciplinary university environment also spanning collaboration with the other departments covering social sciences and humanities where relevant. The department is organised in four Sections comprising the research and education activities.

 

About the Chemistry section
The Chemistry group conducts basic and applied research and teaches a range of topics, from the fundamental to the specialized, based around these activities. Some prioritized research themes of the group include the construction and characterization of natural and medicinal compounds (natural products, peptides, bioactive compounds and biomacromolecules), enzymatic and chemical catalysis, metabolomics and proteomics, sustainable organic synthesis reaction pathways, and drug stability and delivery systems. The department’s chemistry and biology laboratories are situated in a new building, acquired in 2016, equipped with modern infra-structure and state-of-the-art instrumentation. This includes recently acquired NMR, mass spectrometry (LC- and GC-MS, including high resolution measurements and proteomics), and microscopy (new AFM and confocal) instruments, together with Intavis solid-phase peptide synthesizer (SPPS), calorimetry (ITC and DSC), chromatography (HPLC), and scattering (DLS, SAXS).

 

Questions
For further information, you are welcome to contact Associate Professor Biljana Mojsoska on tel. +45 46743645 or email (biljana@ruc.dk).

 

Terms of employment
The employment is full time (37 hours per week, formally). Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). You will refer to Head of Department, Susanne Sørensen.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.  
 

Application procedure 
After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and – later on – their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

Application 
To apply for the position go to www.ruc.dk/en/job/ 

Only applications in English are accepted. 

Applications must include:

  1. Cover letter Here you describe in which direction you would like to work and how your qualifications fit into this. A detailed project description may be provided but is not required.
  2. CV
  3. Documentation of education
  4. A complete list of publications
  5. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment
    If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here).
  6. If duties include teaching: Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)

 

Please submit your application no later than December 15th, 2021

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

Deadline: 2021-12-15 at 23:59
Unit: Institut for Naturvidenskab og Miljø
Email: susa@ruc.dk
Phone: 4674-2111

Read the job description at the university homepage or Apply.

Post expires on onsdag december 15th, 2021

PhD Scholarship: ’The development of scientific literacy in participant-directed collaborative problem-oriented project learning’

The Research Centre for Problem-oriented Project Learning at Roskilde University invites applications for a PhD project on the development of scientific literacy among university students in natural science who study in participant-directed collaborative problem-oriented project learning settings (PPL). The PhD scholarship is funded by the Department of Science and Environment and the Department of People and Technology. The position commences November 1, 2021, or soon thereafter. The position is 3 years fixed-term.

The PhD project is an independent study under a larger project frame that seeks to develop significant new knowledge on the development of scientific literacy in PPL. Specifically, the aim of the PhD project is to enhance our understanding of the affordances and barriers for the development of scientific literacy (problem solving, critical thinking and the development of evaluative judgement etc.) among university students in natural science in PPL settings.

The Doctoral School
You will be enrolled as a PhD student in the Doctoral School of People and Technology in the PhD program Learning, Working life and Social innovation, see https://ruc.dk/en/phd-programme-learning-working-life-and-social-innovation

You will be part of the Research Centre for Problem-oriented Project Learning, where you will be located and undertake your day-to-day activities, see https://ruc.dk/en/centre-research-problemoriented-project-learning

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD position is an educational position and the main tasks in the position are defined as follows in accordance with the Executive Order on the PhD program at universities and certain artistic educational institutions (PhD Executive Order), currently Executive Order no. 1039 of 27/08/2013: https://ufm.dk/en/legislation/prevailing-laws-and-regulations/education/files/engelsk-ph-d-bekendtgorelse.pdf

  • Implementation of an independent research project under supervision (the PhD project)
  • Completing PhD courses or other similar educational elements comprising the equivalent of approx. 30 ECTS credits.
  • Participation in active research environments, including stays at other, primarily foreign, research institutions, private research companies, etc.
  • Obtaining experience with teaching activities or other forms of knowledge dissemination related to the PhD project in question. 
  • Preparation of a PhD thesis based on the PhD project.

Qualifications
You must hold a Master’s Degree or equivalent within science education or other relevant field. You need to document qualifications within:

  • Science education
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods

Desirable qualifications include

  • Experience with or knowledge of inquiry based learning
     

In addition, we expect you to be able to work independently, that you are proactive and have good collaborative skills. We expect you to partake in the daily life and activities of the centre.

Assessment
In the assessment the panel will consider:

  • The relevance of the Master’s Degree or equivalent (see Danish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/transparency-tools/qualifications-frameworks/other-qualifications-frameworks/danish-qf-for-higher-education?set_language=en&cl=en).
  • Other academic qualifications as described
     

In addition, the panel will consider;

  • Educational background and other professional qualifications
  • Grades in the Master’s programme or equivalent
  • Quality and relevance of the project proposal (see below)
  • Qualifications and experiences related to being able to successfully complete a major project
     

You must submit a brief project proposal (max. 5 pages) where you present your ideas for a research project relevant to the general description of aims of the project stated above. It must include rationale, research questions and some ideas regarding design of the study/methods. This paper serves as a starting point for further designing the specific study in consultation with supervisors after appointment.

Further information
For further information about the position please contact director for RUC-PPL Prof. Eva Bendix Petersen on email evabp@ruc.dk or Head of PhD programme, Associate Professor Niels Warring on (+45) 4674-2918 or email warring@ruc.dk

Terms of employment
This is a full-time position, reporting to the Head of Department, Andreas de Neergaard.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.  

 

Application procedure 

After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and – later on – their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

 

Application 

To apply for the position go to www.ruc.dk/en/job/ 

 

Only applications in English are accepted. 

 

Applications must include: 

 

1. Cover letter 

2. CV 

3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent 

4. Your description of the PhD project 

5. Your time schedule of the PhD project 

6. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications. 

 

Please submit your application no later than October 4, 2021.

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 

 

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

 

 

Deadline: 0000-00-00 at 23:59
Unit: Institut for Mennesker og Teknologi

Read the job description at the university homepage or Apply.

Post expires on mandag november 30th, -0001