PhD fellow in Materials Chemistry with focus on x-ray and neutron scattering
University of Copenhagen, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

PhD fellow in Materials Chemistry with focus on x-ray and neutron scattering


Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering one or more PhD scholarships in materials chemistry and structure analysis commencing September 1th 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. 


Description of the scientific environment 

The position is in the Nanostructure Group led by Kirsten Marie Ørnsbjerg Jensen, Nano-Science Center & Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen. The group works in materials chemistry, and focuses on applications of x-ray and neutron scattering for structure studies of new nanomaterials. 


Project description 

Ultra-small nanoparticles and clusters with dimensions below 5 nm exhibit novel properties, which can have large impact on the development of new energy materials. The small particle size challenges the traditional methods for structure characterization, and the atomic arrangement in ultrasmall nanoparticles and clusters, as well as the chemical reactions that lead to them, are poorly understood. This project will focus on studying the atomic structure of ultrasmall nanoparticles and clusters, and establish a relation between particle size, structure, properties and synthesis. New synthesis techniques, combining methods from organic and inorganic chemistry will be used to produce nanoparticles of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles for catalysis, and apply a range of characterization techniques; with emphasis on X-ray total scattering and pair distribution function analysis. The project contains both an experimental component (material synthesis and synchrotron x-ray and neutron data collection), as well as the development of computational techniques for data analysis. 


Principal supervisor is Assistant professor Kirsten Marie Ørnsbjerg Jensen, Department of Chemistry,, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 47 97 


Job description 

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are: 


  • To manage and carry through your research project 

  • Attend PhD courses 

  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis 

  • Teach and disseminate your research 

  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad 

  • Work for the department 


Formal requirements  

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Chemistry, Nanoscience or a related area with excellent results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience. Experience in X-ray or neutron scattering (preferably with Rietveld refinement or Pair Distribution Function (PDF) analysis) is required.


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 at a minimum DKK 322,642 (approx. €43,015) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,567). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 


Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme  

The position is also available for candidates who are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in Chemistry or Nanoscience. The duration of the integrated programme depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme please see:, “Study Structures”.


Scholarship and terms of employment for integrated MSc and PhD 

PhD grant portions (Ph.D.‐SU klip) 

In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme (up to three years), the student is entitled to so-called PhD grant portions. The grant portions are financed by the grant donor but not by the Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme Agency (as is the case for the ordinary study grant portions on the BSc and MSc programmes). They are called PhD grant portions because this kind of remuneration is regulated and described in the Executive Order on the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU‐bekendtgørelsen), and because the value of a PhD grant portion corresponds to the value of an ordinary Danish study grant portion. Students are awarded 48 PhD grant portions during the period of their MSc and PhD studies. 

48 PhD grant portions at DKK 6,090 each, corresponding to DKK 292,320 (approx. €38,975). 


'Duty work' 

As a supplement to the PhD grant portions, the student may, in accordance with the collective agreement of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC), be offered 'duty work'. In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme, students performing 'duty work' are paid by the hour. UCPH has decided to offer students on integrated MSc and PhD schemes 150 hours of 'duty work' per year during Part A of the programme (until two years of the combined programme of study remain). 'Duty work' during Part A if it has a duration of three years: 450 hours at a rate of DKK 214.16 (+ 12.5% holiday pay), corresponding to DKK 108,418.50 (approx. €14,450) 

For further information about Part A please see:   


Salary in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) 

In the period after the completion of the MSc programme, the student is employed as a PhD scholar and is remunerated in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The scheme is arranged in such a way that students graduate from the MSc programme at a time when there are two years left of the integrated programme. For this reason, the salary must be paid for a period of two years in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The amounts specified include a supplement locally agreed upon as well as pension contributions: Salary as a PhD scholar: 24 months at a rate of DKK 30,600 (including pension contributions and supplement), corresponding to DKK 734,420 (approx. €97,900).

Application Procedure 

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


Please include  

  • Cover Letter 

  • CV  

  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 

  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any 

  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),  

  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees 


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


The deadline for applications is May 20th 2019 23:59 GMT +2.  


After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.  


The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at 



For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Assistant professor Kirsten Marie Ørnsbjerg Jensen, Department of Chemistry,, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 47 97. 


General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at 

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