Postdoc Position in Ultra-Low Temperature Single Crystal Diffraction Aarhus University, Department of Chemistry Denmark

Postdoc position in ultra-low temperature single crystal diffraction 955566


The Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark invites applications for a postdoc position in the field of low temperature single crystal X-ray diffraction to work on an existing project. 

The starting date for the position is March 20, 2018, and it will end on December 31, 2019.

Job description

The position is embedded within an ongoing Villum-supported project entitled “Extremely precise single crystal diffractometer for extreme conditions”. This project started in 2017 with the adaptation of a new Incoatec microfocus Ag X-ray source and a Bruker Photon II detector to a refurbished Huber Eulerian cradle. The continuation project will include the installation of a new cooling device that provides the capacity to measure diffraction data at extremely low temperatures (down to 4 K using a closed-cycle Displex cooler with Be-cups) and simultaneously at high pressures. The instrument control software is being developed in-house in Python, and this will be fully completed in the next period. 

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD in chemistry or physics and have a strong background in single crystal diffraction and crystallography, and furthermore have proven technical and programming skills. The successful candidate will also be involved in charge density determination using X-ray diffraction in collaboration with other members of the group as well as high pressure crystallography, and prior knowledge of these techniques will be considered positively.

The position involves interaction with several research groups, as well as the mechanical and electronic workshops at the Department, and it is important for the project completion that the candidate has a flair for communication and working in larger teams.

The department

The Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University is in terms of scientific impact one of the leading European chemistry departments with research programs that range from medicinal chemistry to theoretical chemistry. It has a permanent staff of 28 full and associate professors, a support-staff of ~26 people, ~117 PhD students and postdocs, and more than 500 students

Place of work

The place of work is Department of Chemistry, Langelandsgade 140, Aarhus, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 

For further information please contact Senior Research Jacob Overgaard, +45 25881826,


Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process. 

Formalities and salary range 

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here. 

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations. 

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.


Application deadline

All applications must be made online and received no later than:

25.01.2018 Search position online here

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