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Postdoc in Physical Inorganic Chemistry and Lanthanide Spectrocopy, Nano-Science Center & Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen

One postdoctoral position for up to 4 years is available in the group of Thomas Just Sørensen, Department of Chemistry, Nano-Science Center, University of Copenhagen. The position is open to an ambitious candidate with a curiosity driven approach to chemistry. The candidate should be ready to take a leading role in a dynamic, innovative, and multidisciplinary research group without compromising a demanding individual research project. The position is funded through the Villum Young Investigator Program.

The position is available from 1 October 2017 or soon thereafter.

The Project

The Postdoc will be working on determining structure–property relationships for lanthanide ions and lanthanide complexes in solution using a variety of spectroscopic and scattering techniques. The project will involve developing and benchmarking new techniques, correlating solution structure and electronic properties of f-elements, and developing new applications based on our increased knowledge on lanthanide coordination chemistry.

The postdoc’s duties will include research within lanthanide solution chemistry as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.

Suitable Candidates

The postdoctoral candidate should hold a PhD degree in e.g. chemistry, nanoscience, optical spectroscopy, or related fields. They should have a strong publication record. Candidates with a strong background in physical inorganic chemistry and ligand field theory will be preferred. Experience with physical organic chemistry, Werner’s inorganic chemistry, lanthanide spectroscopy, lanthanide coordination chemistry, direct application of ligand field-theory and f-manifold electronic structure will be particularly relevant for the research project.

The candidate must work actively within an international, cross-disciplinary group of researchers: therefore strong communication and interpersonal skills are required. Excellent written and spoken English is mandatory.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Associate Professor Thomas Just Sørensen using

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

Place and Terms of Employment

The employment is in the group of Thomas Just Sørensen, Nano-Science Center & Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen. More information on the group can be found at

The postdoctoral position is for up to 4 years.

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 salary is currently up to DKK 408,730 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 69,893). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking SØG STILLINGEN below.

The application must include:

  • Motivation for the application including your career plan, career status and the envisioned next step after this position.
  • Cover letter including your background information and full contact details for minimum 3 referees who will support your application and who we may contact if relevant.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Complete publication list detailing your specific contribution to the papers that you identify as relevant for this position.
  • Separate reprints of particularly relevant papers
  • 2 or more recommendation letters highlighting any skills or experience particularly relevant for the project.

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2017, 23:59 CET.

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

Contact information:

For more information about the position please contact:
Associate Professor Thomas Just Sørensen
Department of Chemistry
University of Copenhagen

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Thomas Just Sørensen


Ansøgningsfrist: 15-05-2017
Ansættelsesform: Tidsbegrænset periode
Ansættelsesdato: 01-10-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Kemisk Institut

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