PhD in Green Organic Polymer Chemistry - #5521473

Roskilde universitet

Dato: 23.06.2022
By: Roskilde, Region Sjælland
Kontrakttype: Fuld tid
Roskilde universitet

Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as PhD student in Green Organic Polymer Chemistry from October 1st 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as PhD student is three years.

The Green Bioorganic Chemistry Group (Diness Research Group) study advanced bioorganic chemistry in order to develop environmental friendly chemical production methods and products, as well as tools for combating diseases. The group primarily synthesizes organic molecules/polymers and screens these for biodegradability and/or towards biomedical targets. For our team working on developing biodegradable thermoplastics inspired by the structure of biopolymers we seek an experienced postdoctoral researcher skilled in organic chemistry, preferably with experience in polymer chemistry.


Description of the PhD project

The title of the PhD project is: Enzyme initiated degradation of biobased polymers

The PhD study will include research within Green Organic Polymer Chemistry. In addition, a certain amount of teaching is also required. The major objectives will be development of new biodegradable polyester and polycarbonate based plastics.

The ideal candidate is expected to work on the following laboratory based research tasks:

  • organic synthesis of monomers
  • polymerization reactions
  • casting of polymers
  • material characterization
  • evaluation of biodegradability

In addition to the laboratory based work research project management and writing of publication drafts will be major assignments. The job also includes daily supervision of BSc and MSc students working with related projects.

The Doctoral School

You will be enrolled as a PhD student at The Doctoral School of Science and Environment. The Doctoral School of Science and Environment is an international graduate school that covers a broad range of research topics within the areas of science and environment. Read more here As a PhD student you will be associated with the research area Chemistry.

Department of Science and Environment is one of four departments at Roskilde University. The Department conducts basic and applied research within chemistry, physics, medical biology, molecular biology, environmental sciences and mathematics. Bachelor programs are offered within these areas, as are interdisciplinary Master programs. The Department’s laboratories are equipped with modern infra-structure and shared state-of-the art instrumentation. This includes recently acquired NMR, mass spectrometry (LC- and GC-MS, including high-resolution measurements and proteomics), and microscopy (AFM, confocal and fluorescence) instruments, microscope with cold stage, rate freezer and climate cabinets, GMO class 2 labs, flow cytometry, NGS, Q-PCR facilities together with calorimetry (ITC and DSC), chromatography (HPLC), and scattering (DLS, SAXS) instruments. For environmental science research is TOC, AAS

FTIR, ICP MS, GC MS, HPLC, CHNS elemental analyzer, Ion chromatograph, FIA and electronic particle counters i.e., Coulter counters available. As a PhD fellow, you will be associated with the research groups and get access to instrumentation of your main and co-supervisors.

Responsibilities and tasks

The PhD position is an educational position and the main tasks are in accordance with chapter 3, Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (,


You must hold a master’s degree or equivalent within organic chemistry, preferably including experience with polymer chemistry.

Qualifications within the following areas are required:

  • Documented experience with organic chemical syntheses
  • Experience with NMR
  • Command of the English language in speaking and writing

We also emphasize the following qualifications:

  • Prior publications
  • Additional experiences within organic/polymer chemistry
  • Excellent master’s thesis
  • Qualifications within analytical instrumentation, computer programming, polymer chemistry and/or nanotechnology
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Interpersonal skills

You are required to be enterprising and to possess good communication skills and to be a visible, involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department


In the assessment regarding employment consideration will be given to;

  • Relevant Master’s degree or equivalent (according to Danish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education:
  • Any additional academic requirements stated in the job advertisement.

In the assessment regarding enrollment consideration will also be given to the following criteria (not relevant for the application at this stage):

  • Educational skills and any further professional qualifications
  • Grades at Master’s programme or equivalent
  • Quality and relevance of the project description
  • Quality and relevance of the methodical and theoretical choices
  • Consistency and coherence between the problem and the choice of method and theory
  • If the PhD project seem realistic and feasible
  • Ability to complete the PhD project
  • Relevance of the project to the profile of the Doctoral School


For further information about the postdoc, please contact Associate Professor Frederik Diness, email: [email protected], phone: (+45) 25488664 or Dean Susanne Sørensen, email: [email protected]

Terms of employment

The employment is full-time, on 37 hours per week and you will refer to Associate Professor Frederik Diness.

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.


To apply for the position go to

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 30th of July.

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.

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