PhD Scholarship in Advancing 2D Materials by Metal-Organic Framework Engineering

DTU Kemi
torsdag 30 mar 17

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A 3-year PhD scholarship in metal-organic framework (MOF) chemistry funded by the VILLUM Foundation is available at the Department of Chemistry. The project will be under supervision of Kasper S. Pedersen and is starting June 1st or as soon as possible hereafter. The successful candidate will join a newly started, young research team (see, which is a part of the NanoChemistry group.
The synthetic engineering of the inorganic and organic building blocks constituting all MOF-materials leads to almost endless possibilities for MOF properties tuning (e.g. electronic, magnetic, optical, etc.). The PhD project will focus on the design, synthesis, and characterization of new types of metal-organic network structures, both in the bulk (3D) and at the nanoscale (2D). This includes also the elucidation of structural and physical properties, and electronic structures. A significant fraction of the experiments will be performed at international large-scale facilities (synchrotron, muon, and neutron sources) in Europe and in the US. The project will have significant impact on the understanding of 2D MOF chemistry and physics, and the correlations between chemical and electronic structures, and the ensuing MOF properties. Active dissemination of the obtained results, in scientific articles and through participation in international conferences, is an integral part of the job.
The successful candidate should have a Master’s degree in chemistry with a focus on synthetic inorganic or organic chemistry. Experience with crystallography, and synthesis of air-sensitive compounds are considered strong advantages. Most importantly, the candidate should be highly motivated, able to work independently and should be confident in both written and spoken English. The applicant should strive towards scientific excellence, be ambitious and hard working. Only applicants, who seek to be among the brightest in their field and do science at the highest international level, will be considered.
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.
Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are following the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment for PhD student is 3 years.
Further information
Further questions about the project should be directed to researcher Kasper S. Pedersen, email: or Head of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry Section, professor Jens Ø. Duus, email:
Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.
Please submit your online application no later than 1 May 2017.
Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, if any)
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • At least one recommendation letter from previous supervisor(s)
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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