PhD Opportunity: Uppsala University, PhD student in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry - BMC conducts research and education in analytical chemistry, biochemistry and organic chemistry. More than 100 people, i
Phd Admission

PhD Admission: The Department of Chemistry - BMC conducts research and education in analytical chemistry, biochemistry and organic chemistry. More than 100 people, including around 45 PhD students, work at the department. New employees and students are recruited from all over the world and English is the main working language. The department is located at the Biomedical Centre in Uppsala, which facilitates collaborations with research groups in biology, pharmacy, medicine and SciLifeLab and gives access to advanced infrastructure for experimental and theoretical studies. The international environment and good opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations enables PhD students at the department to participate in relevant research projects and prepare for an international research career.

Read more about the research at The Department of Chemistry - BMC at our website.

Project description

This PhD position in Chemistry for the design and chemical synthesis of chemoselective probes is available in the laboratory of Professor Daniel

Globisch. The Globisch laboratory is an international and multidisciplinary research group with a research focus on the development of new Chemical

Biology methodologies to enhance the scope of metabolomics-based research. (Example literature: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 23232; Angew. Chem.I nt. Ed. 2024, in print, Anal. Chem. 2023, 14, 95, 12565; Chem. Sci. 2023, 14, 5291). This highly interdisciplinary project will include a combination of chemical synthesis, mass spectrometric analysis of metabolites in biological samples, techniques at the interface of Chemistry and Biology, and the investigation of microbiome metabolism. Our team is currently searching for a highly motivated and enthusiastic PhD student with passion for research to investigate neurological diseases and to develop new chemical biology methodologies.


The main duties of PhD students are to devote themselves to their research studies, which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (not more than 20 % of full time).


To be eligible for doctoral education, a basic higher education equivalent to at least 240 ECTS credits, including at least 60 ECTS credits at Master's level, including an independent project equivalent to at least 15 credits, or has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way, is required. More information about the general requirements can be found here.

 A student has special eligibility for doctoral studies in chemistry if s/he has passed courses of at least 90 higher education credits (or equivalent), of which at least 40 higher education credits are from courses at advanced level (second cycle). More information about the subject specific requirements can be found here.

Very good English proficiency in speech and writing.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities such as good collaborative skills, motivation and independence, as well as how the applicant through his/her experience and competence is judged to have the abilities necessary to develop within and acquire the doctoral education.

Additional qualifications

It is desired that you have a master of science or engineering degree in chemistry or similar experience. The successful candidate will preferably have laboratory experience in (Bio)organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and/or Chemical Biology, with documented experience in at least two of the following areas: Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Metabolomics, and mass spectrometric analysis of biological samples. 

Scores from IELTS or TOEFL are desirable but not mandatory at the time of applying. Highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates interested in interdisciplinary research with strong interpersonal skills are preferred.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

About the employment

The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100%. Starting date as agreed or latest on 2024-07-01.

Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Professor Daniel Globisch,, +46 18 471 36 30

Please submit your application by 5 April 2024, UFV-PA 2024/672.

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