PhD Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry
University of Copenhagen Department of Chemistry

PhD fellow in Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen (UC) is offering a PhD scholarship in medicinal chemistry commencing 1.8.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The phd project will be carried out in collaboration between the research groups of Prof Mikael Bols and Prof Claus Juul Løland at University of Copenhagen, Denmark and the group of Amy Newman at National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), USA. The fellow is expected to work 6 month in the Newman group at NIDA and the remainder of the project in the two groups in Copenhagen.

Project description

The selected candidate will work in the intersection between chemistry and biophysical pharmacology. The target of the Phd project is to elucidate the protonation state of cocaine and phenyltropane analogues when bound to the dopamine transporter. The project involves synthesizing and characterizing fluorescence indicator probe molecules based on a cocaine scaffold, express and purify the dopamine transporter and study the interaction between compound and protein using fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy.

Principal supervisor is professor Mikael Bols (for contact details se below).

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, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacy or similar with good results and good English skills. In order to carry out the different tasks in the project skills in organic synthesis and biochemistry/molecular biology are required so the candidate should possess at least one in advance and be prepared to learn the other. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

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 333,464 (approx. €44,461) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 54,191). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)

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 14 June 2021, 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 Professor Mikael Bols, Department of Chemistry, , Direct Phone: +4528750160.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Mikael Bols


Application deadline: 14-06-2021
Employment start: 01-08-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Chemistry

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