PhD student in Chemistry

Uppsala University

Application deadline

September 22, 2023

PhD student in Chemistry

Uppsala University, Department of Chemistry – BMC

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Department of Chemistry – BMC conducts research and education in analytical chemistry, biochemistry and organic chemistry. More than 100 people, including around 45 PhD students, work at the department. New employees and students are recruited from all over the world and English is the main working language. The department is located at the Biomedical Centre in Uppsala, which facilitates collaborations with research groups in biology, pharmacy, medicine and SciLifeLab and gives access to advanced infrastructure for experimental and theoretical studies. The international environment and good opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations enables PhD students at the department to participate in relevant research projects and prepare for an international research career.

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This PhD position in Chemistry for the design and chemical synthesis of chemoselective probes is available in the laboratory of Associate Professor Daniel Globisch. The Globisch laboratory is an international and multidisciplinary research group, with a research focus on the development of new Chemical Biology methodologies to enhance the scope of metabolomics-based research. (Example literature: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202160, 23232, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201857, 13805, RSC Chem. Biol. 20212, 1479, check the homepage for updates). This highly interdisciplinary project will include a combination of chemical synthesis, mass spectrometric analysis of metabolites in biological samples, techniques at the interface of Chemistry and Biology, and the investigation of microbiome metabolism. Our team is currently searching for a highly motivated and enthusiastic PhD student with passion and enthusiasm for research to develop new chemoselective methodologies.

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The main duties of PhD students are to devote themselves to their research studies, which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (not more than 20 % of full time). 


  • To be eligible for doctoral education, a basic higher education equivalent to at least 240 ECTS credits, including at least 60 ECTS credits at Master’s level, including an independent project equivalent to at least 15 credits, or has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way, more information about the general requirements can be found here
  • A person has special eligibility for doctoral studies in chemistry if s/he has passed courses of at least 90 higher education credits (or equivalent), of which at least 40 higher education credits are from courses at advanced level (second cycle). More information about the subject specific requirements can be found here.
  • Very good English proficiency in speech and writing.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities such as good collaborative skills, motivation and independence, as well as how the applicant through his/her experience and competence is judged to have the abilities necessary to develop within and acquire the doctoral education.

Additional qualifications

It is desired that you have a master of science or engineering degree in chemistry or similar experience. The successful candidate will preferably have laboratory experience in (Bio)organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology, with documented experience in at least two of the following areas: Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology and mass spectrometric analysis of biological samples. Good English speaking, reading and writing skills are required. Scores from IELTS or TOEFL are desirable but not mandatory at the time of applying. Highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates interested in interdisciplinary research with strong interpersonal skills are preferred.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University’s rules and guidelines.

About the employment

The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Associate Professor Daniel Globisch,, +46 18 471 36 30

Please submit your application by September 22, 2023, UFV-PA 2023/3048 

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Last updated: 2023-08-24

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