A PhD studentship in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant is available at the Department of Chemistry at The Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The project will be under the supervision of Associate Professor Luca Laraia and will start on October 1st 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will join a young and dynamic research team working at the interface of chemistry and biology.
Project Description and responsibilities
One of the main goals of our research group is the identification of selective modulators and tool compounds for cholesterol transport proteins to study their basic biology and translational potential. The PhD student will apply state-of-the-art organic synthesis techniques to synthesize natural product-inspired compounds as cholesterol transport protein ligands. These will be tested and validated using a range of biophysical, biochemical and cell-based assays. The project is in close collaboration with a protein biochemistry/structural biology post-doctoral researcher in the group.
The successful candidate should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points, or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree) in chemistry with prior experience in synthetic organic chemistry, including standard characterization methods. Experience with protein biochemistry and/or cell biology would be an advantage but is not required. However, a strong desire to learn new techniques in a multidisciplinary environment is crucial. Most importantly, the candidate should be highly motivated, able to work independently and should be confident in both written and spoken English. The applicant should be ambitious and strive towards scientific excellence.
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU’s rules for the PhD education.
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Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.
The position will start on 1 October 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.
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Further questions about the project should be directed to Luca Laraia, email: email@example.com or phone: +45 4525 2495.
You can read more about DTU Chemistry at www.kemi.dtu.dk/english.
If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.
Please submit your online application no later than 29 July 2022 (Danish time).
Apply online here: Positions at DTU Chemistry.
Applications will be assessed on a continuous basis, so please feel free to apply as soon as you are ready.To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English. The application must include:
- A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
- Curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, if any)
- Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale
- Contact details for at least two references
You may apply prior to obtaining your master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
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