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PhD Positions in Bioorganic Chemistry / Chemical Biology

Two PhD positions in bioorganic chemistry / chemical biology are available at the Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark. Application deadline: 31 May 2021. Starting date of the position will be 1 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Epigenetics most often refer to processes, such as enzymatic modifications of DNA and numerous posttranslational modifications of the associated histone proteins, that lead to the transfer of genetic information from generation to generation, without changes in the underlying sequence of DNA. To understand the enormous intricacy of the epigenetic language, it is necessary to deepen our knowledge, at the atomic level, of biomolecular recognition of posttranslational modifications of histones.

As a PhD student, you will work on the project aimed at providing the most comprehensive and complete understanding of biomolecular recognition and biocatalysis processes in epigenetics that play key roles in human health and disease. You will apply modern chemical biology approaches, ranging from synthesis and peptide synthesis to protein science and enzyme assays, in investigations of biologically important posttranslational modifications on histone proteins. You will also develop new chemical tools for investigations of posttranslational modifications that are important for normal functioning of the brain.

Specific Requirements
• MSc in chemistry
• Experience with organic chemistry
• Experience with peptide or protein research
• Strong motivation and interest in working at the interface between chemistry and biology
• Excellent skills in written and spoken English.

For further information please contact Associate Professor Jasmin Mecinovic, e-mail:

Application, salary etc.

Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

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

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:
• A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
• A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box "Application form")
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information
• Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades
• At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

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Deadline 2021-May-31

You can apply for the job at Faculty of Science by completing the application form