PhD position in natural products chemistry

Syddansk Universitet (SDU)

Ph.d. & forskning

SDU Biotechnology section at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) invites applications. for a 3-year PhD position in natural products chemistry. The PhD position is available from 1st of September or as soon as possible thereafter.

The PhD position is part of the consortium research project Fucosan funded by the European Union/European Regional Development Fund (Interreg). The PhD is expected to conduct research investigating the extraction, purification, chemical characterization and biological activities of fucoidans from brown macroalgae.

The PhD fellow will work in close collaboration with the partners of the consortium project both in Denmark and internationally. We offer a challenging position in an international and stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment for conducting research of high quality, and an excellent opportunity for collaboration both within SDU and with renowned international research groups. The PhD student will also participate in co-supervision of BSc and MSc students and contribute in teaching activities of Bachelor courses.

Requirements to complete a PhD at SDU:

  • Complete a study programme of 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in teaching and dissemination activities (e.g. conferences) corresponding to approx. one semester of full time employment
  • Carry out an external research stay (max. nine months).
  • Complete a PhD thesis. According to the rules for a PhD thesis at the Faculty of Engineering at SDU the thesis must include internationally scientific peer-reviewed articles.
  • Publicly defend your PhD

The successful applicant should have:

  • MSc degree in natural product chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, or other closely related disciplines.
  • A strong background chemical extraction and separation or other industrial separation technologies as well as chemical characterization of natural products.
  • English either native or full professional proficiency
  • Good collaboration and communication skills

For further information on the position please contact Associate Professor Xavier Fretté at phone +45 6550 7516 or by email

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.
The PhD Fellowship is either a 3-year position (5+3).

A 5+3 PhD Fellowship is a three-year salaried position. Enrollment and employment ends automatically by the end of the period. The holder of the fellowship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

Employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2015.
The faculty expects the applicants to have read the information on the PhD study at The Faculty of Engineering and on the general PhD work and salary conditions before applying.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link below. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.
Please read the guideline for applicants.

An application must include:

· Completed application form: application form for 5+3 applicants

· A curriculum vitae

· A letter stating your interest, motivation etc. Please attach the motivational letter to "application material" under " Research plan"

· Letters of reference (Link to reference form)

· Verified copies* of bachelor diploma and transcript

· Verified copies* of master’s diploma and transcript (5+3)

· Calculation of point grade average (Link to calculator sheet with instructions)

*Please note the definition of verified:
Verified official transcripts of exams in English or Danish translation and verified copy of bachelor diploma and master’s diploma - All documentation must be officially translated into English or Danish. All documents must be verified. Verified means that your home university or a public notary verifies that the copy is a true copy of the original document. Each page of the copy must be stamped with the original stamp of the verifying institution and added the text: “True copy of the original document” and signed with a blue pen.

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

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Further information about the PhD programme at the faculty and SDU can be found at:

The SDU PhD webpages

The faculty PhD website


04 august 2017

Ansøgningsfrist d. 04.08.2017

Ph.d. & forskning
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Fejlmeld opslaget

Opslag oprettet d. 10.07.2017, sidst opdateret d. 10.07.2017

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