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PhD position available within Protein chemistry (PhD grant), Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


The Center for Evolutionary Chemical Biology (CECB), Department of Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen is offering a fully funded PhD scholarship starting August 1st 2015 or shortly thereafter.

CECB is headed by professor Morten Meldal. The center applies advanced organic synthesis in the development of biologically active compounds through evolutionary principles known from biology. Additional research projects involve functional characterization of novel GPCR ligands, the application of the well-known click reaction to study and control protein function, and the development and characterization of novel pharmaceutically important proteases and protease mimetics. For more information, please visit:


Project description

In this project, the candidate will contribute to the development of a new approach for the recombinant production of proteins that are difficult to express, using site-specific protein modification techniques. The focus of the project is to assess the feasibility and applicability of the in-house developed technology, which involves novel techniques for chemical protein ligation. The function of the produced proteins will be assessed, followed by optimization of the method parameters. The project is highly relevant for the industrial biotechnology area as well as the field of chemical biology. It will be conducted in an interdisciplinary environment consisting of biochemists and organic chemists, and in collaboration with an industrial partner.


The key challenges for PhD students at the Department of Chemistry are:

·         Research - the research project will take up most of your time

·         Writing results into articles and the PhD thesis

·         Teaching and dissemination

·         Participation in PhD courses

·         A project related secondment at a research institution abroad


Qualification requirements

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates:

·         A master's degree within chemistry/biochemistry, biotechnology or chemical biology

·         Professional qualifications relevant to synthesis, purification and characterization of proteins

·         Qualifications within bioorganic chemistry and recombinant DNA technology

·         Any previous publications

·         Relevant work experience

·         Other professional activities

·         Language and writing skills

·         Interpersonal skills 


The call is open to both Danish and international applicants. The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the final selection of the successful candidate will be made by the Head of the Center for Evolutionary Chemical Biology, based on the recommendations made by the evaluation committee appointed for the program.


Terms of employment

The position is for 3-years and is carried out in accordance with Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) on salaried scholarships.

The minimum starting salary is DKK 306,666 plus a pension contribution of DKK 43,464. Supplements can be added according to qualifications. Information about working conditions and taxes is available at and

A prerequisite for obtaining the position as a PhD scholar is that you must be enrolled as a PhD student at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. This is according to the rules in ‘Ministerial Order on the PhD Study Programme and on the PhD Degree no. 18 of 14 January 2008’.


Information about the PhD scholarship

The scholarship is awarded under the prerequisite that the applicant is found qualified and that the project is to be carried out in an internationally recognized and active academic environment. It is expected that the scholar follows recommendations and deadlines from the supervisor on writing reports and articles. The scholarship holder is obliged to carry out tasks related to lectures, exercises, laboratory exercises etc. as set by the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. The scholarship is awarded accordingly to the regulations in The Ministry of Science, Technology and Development, Executive order no. 284, April 25th 2008 regarding the appointment of academic staff at the University.



Further information can be obtained from Sanne Schoffelen (e-mail:, phone: +4551425197+4551425197) or Morten Meldal (e-mail:



The application must be submitted in the application form by clicking `APPLY ONLINE´ below. The application must include the following appendices (do not enclose other appendices than the here mentioned).


Appendix 1: A reasoned letter stating the applicant’s interest and perceived participation in the specific project.

Appendix 2: Brief Curriculum Vitae of the applicant incl. the applicant’s former work and scientific experience (max 3 pages).

Appendix 3: Documentation of the applicant's qualifications: degree certificate/ transcript of grades, any authored peer-reviewed publications.


If an applicant has not yet completed the degree prior to the deadline and can provide sufficient documentation that the degree will be obtained within two months of the deadline such an application will be considered on equal terms. Transcripts of the grades obtained must be submitted and the final contract.

If the application does not meet the instructions above, or you have enclosed further appendices, the application will be dismissed and therefore not taken into consideration.


The applications will be processed by an expert assessment committee appointed by the department. This is done according to The Ministry of Science, Technology and Development, Executive order no. 284, April 25th 2008 regarding the appointment of academic staff at the University. The applicants will be informed of the composition of the evaluation committee and will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her.


PhD students who are already enrolled and carrying out a PhD project cannot apply for this scholarship.

Deadline for applications is the June 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM CET

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

Further Information

Application Deadline : 28 June 2015

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