Postdoc in the Chemistry of Alkaloid Biosynthesis University of Copenhagen, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science Denmark

Postdoc in the Chemistry of Alkaloid Biosynthesis


Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a 2-year Postdoc position in “The Chemistry of Alkaloid Biosynthesis” commencing 1 April 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.  


Alkaloids are a very large family of natural products with a wide range of bioactivities. Despite decades of alkaloid research, many biosynthetic pathways towards important plant-derived alkaloids remain obscure (e.g. nicotine, sparteine, vicine). The Geu-Flores group ( is a multi-disciplinary research group that combines organic chemistry with molecular biology in a quest to uncover how plants synthesize and translocate alkaloids. Biotechnological applications include removal of anti-nutritional alkaloids

from promising crops and the production of medicinal alkaloids in cost-effective systems.  


The current announcement is directed at organic chemists with a strong interest in plant biochemistry. The successful postdoc applicant will be responsible for setting up synthetic chemistry activities in the Geu-Flores laboratory (including synthesis of putative alkaloid intermediates, stably labeled alkaloid precursors, and alternative enzyme substrates) and will carry out natural product purification and structure elucidation. The postdoc will have the chance to learn advanced molecular biology techniques and carry out projects within biochemical pathway elucidation and metabolic engineering. The post may also include performance of other duties, including supervising students and assisting in grant writing/teaching.


The following skills and experience are required or highly desired:  

  • Postgraduate experience in a related research area (e.g. synthetic chemistry or natural product chemistry)

  • English language proficiency

  • A strong curiosity about the intricate workings of biological systems

  • Good interpersonal skills and a collaborative disposition

  • Ability to work independently and see projects through to completion

  • Strong scientific writing skills and publication record 

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PLEN) constitutes a highly competitive, stimulating, and international research environment, with infrastructure that includes a state-of-the-art Metabolomics Platform as well as modern Plant Grown Facilities. Within PLEN, the Geu-Flores group belongs to the Section for Plan Biochemistry (PBIO), which has a long history of elucidating plant biosynthetic pathways, including cyanogenic glucosides, glucosinolates, and terpenes. PLBIO also houses Associate Professor Saddik Motawia, who is a synthetic chemist that collaborates with the Geu-Flores group. Soon, the Geu-Flores group will move to the new Copenhagen Plant Science Centre building (CPSC) (, which is located in the adjacent building and has easy access to the existing laboratories. The CPSC building will also house PLEN’s Metabolomics Platform as well as the Analytical Chemistry Platform of the Department of Food Sciences, which includes a 600-MHz Bruker instrument with a cryoprobe.  


Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Associate Professor Fernando Geu-Flores (  


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


Terms of employment 

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.  


Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.  


The starting salary is currently up to DKK 426.625 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 72.952). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.


Please include  

  • Cover letter

  • Curriculum vita

  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)

  • 1-page description of previous and current research (references not included in the page count)

  • Complete publication list

  • PDF files of up to 3 particularly relevant papers

  • Names and contact information of two references 

The deadline for applications is 14 Jan 2019, 23:59 GMT +1.


After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.  

You can read about the recruitment process at


Interviews will be held on 15 February 2019 and/or 19 February 2019.   

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