UiT Norges arktiske universitet

Fakultet for naturvitenskap og teknologi - Institutt for kjemi

PhD candidate in chemical synthesis (porphyrin analogue chemistry)

The Department of Chemistry seeks a motivated and enthusiastic PhD candidate to join the Research Group in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry. The successful PhD candidate will become a member of an international and interdisciplinary research team focusing on chemical synthesis and medicinal inorganic chemistry (https://en.uit.no/forskning/forskningsgrupper/gruppe?p_document_id=349450).


The appointment is for a period of 4 years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % of each year, and will consist of teaching or other duties for the department.


The position’s field of research

The research project will involve the synthesis of porphyrin analogues such as corroles and carbaporphyrins, their coordination to a variety of elements, and application of the resulting complexes as reagents for bioimaging, photodynamic therapy, and other therapeutic applications. Day-to-day activities will include organic and inorganic synthesis, structural characterization of the products by means of X-ray crystallography, and a wide range spectroscopic and electrochemical measurements. Biological testing of new compounds will be carried out in collaboration with other research groups in Norway/Scandinavia and elsewhere. Computational studies, especially involving DFT calculations, are expected to be relevant for certain compounds and the student, optionally, may choose to involve himself/herself in that endeavor.


Further information is available by contacting researcher Prof. Abhik Ghosh.


  • phone: +47 45476145           
  • email: abhik.ghosh@uit.no




This position requires a Bachelor's degree in chemistry and a Master’s degree in chemistry, with specialization in organic or inorganic chemistry and the equivalent of a Norwegian average grade of C or better. A strong academic record, well-developed laboratory skills in the area of chemical synthesis and NMR spectroscopy, and a strong motivation to synthesize novel molecules are essential qualifications for this position. These requirements must be demonstrated by the candidate’s Master’s thesis, academic record, and other application materials (see below). A pleasant personality conducive to teamwork is also an important consideration.


The applicant must be able to document proficiency in English that satisfies the Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, either as a native language, via undergraduate education in a Nordic country, or by test scores as described below. Further details about requirements for admission to PhD studies is available via links here: https://uit.no/nt/phd. Proficiency in a Scandinavian language will be favoured due to teaching obligations.



Your application must include:

  • CV and application letter
  • Diplomas and transcripts from your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees or equivalent;
  • Diploma Supplement for completed degrees from EU universities (and applicants from non-EU universities are advised to attach an explanation of the grading system)
  • Documentation of English language proficiency for PhD-studies, with a minimum score of 6.5 on each part of the IELTS test, or minimum scores of 22, 22, 22 and 25 (reading, listening, speaking and writing, respectively) on the TOEFL test.
  • Copy (or links) to Master’s thesis (or equivalent)
  • A description of research performed and/or any other works (published or unpublished) which you wish to have considered. In cases of multiple authorship, your specific contributions must be described.
  • 2 references and/or letters of recommendation, including contact details.


Qualification with a Master’s degree is required before commencement. For those who are near to completion of their Master’s degree, submit a draft version of the thesis. You must have fulfilled all requirements (and passed all examinations) for the Master's degree before the planned commencement date.


All documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Danish, or Swedish). Submit applications electronically through Jobbnorge.



The assessment will emphasize academic performance, motivation and personal suitability for the position. You must be willing to engage in the ongoing development of your discipline and the university as a whole. During the assessment process, emphasis will be put on your potential for research, as shown by the Master’s thesis and other academic works, relevant research experience and academic performance and teaching experience and/or qualifications. In addition, we may consider work experience or other activities of significance for the PhD studies. Teaching experience and/or qualifications will be considered an advantage.


Terms of employment

PhD positions are paid according to salary code 1017, and normally start at salary grade 51 on the pay scale for Norwegian state employees. There is a 2% deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


You have to be qualified for and participate in our PhD study program. If you already hold a PhD or equivalent degree, you will not be eligible for this position.


More information about moving to Norway is available here: http://uit.no/mobility.



UiT is an established and internationally recognised university with ~17,000 students and ~4000 employees. The position is organized under the Department of Chemistry at UiT and the place of work will be in the laboratories belonging to the Inorganic and Materials Chemistry group.


The appointment shall be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants


UiT – The Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background. The university is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and we will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.


We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act. You may request to not be registered on the public list of applicants, but the University may decide that your name will be made public. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

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  • Søknadsfrist
    17. januar 2019
  • Arbeidsgiver
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet
  • Nettside
  • Kommune
  • Jobbnorge-ID
  • Intern-ID
    2018/2946- rek 4012
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