Postdoctoral research fellowship (2 years) in Chemistry – Oligonucleotide derivatization and biophysical studies

Postdoctoral research fellowship (2 years) in Chemistry – Oligonucleotide derivatization and biophysical studies

Department of Chemistry, Umeå University

Umeå, Sweden

Project description
Our laboratory aims at the development of biologically active compounds by using design, chemical synthesis, and biological evaluations. This project is interdisciplinary with strong collaborations across scientific disciplines. The applicant will be part of a team that focus on the development of bioactive compounds that will be used to study the biological roles of G-quadruplex DNA and investigate their potential as therapeutics. The main research activities include preparation, characterization, and derivatization of oligonucleotides and studies of them using biophysical techniques.

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The fellowship is for 2-years tax-exempt with start as soon as possible. The stipend is 282 000 SEK per year and financed by the Kempe Foundations.

The required qualification is a doctoral degree or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent, in bioorganic chemistry, or in another relevant field. To be eligible you should have completed your PhD degree a maximum of three years before the end of the application period, unless special circumstances exist. Documented experience in oligonucleotide derivatization and biophysical studies of oligonucleotides is a requirement. Documented experience in cell biology is meriting. The successful candidate is expected to design and execute his or her project independently but also be in close collaboration with other members of the team, independence and good ability to collaborate is therefore a requirement. Good command of written and spoken English is also a requirement.

Candidates should submit:
(1) cover letter including research interests and qualifications (maximum 1 page),
(2) CV,
(3) list of publications,
(4) copy of doctoral degree certificate and other relevant degree certificates,
(5) copy of your PhD thesis and relevant publications (maximum 5 publications),
(6) names and contact details of two reference persons,
(7) other documents you wish to claim.

The application shall be written in English or Swedish.

Your complete application, marked with reference number FS 2.1.6-212-19, should be sent electronically (in Word or PDF format) to (with reference number on the subject line) no later than 25 February 2019.

One copy of the application should also be sent to

For further information, please contact Dr. Erik Chorell, +4690-7869329,

About us
The Department of Chemistry is the largest department within the Faculty of Science and Technology with approximately 200 employees and a strong and expanding research. For more information, please visit our website

The department is located within the Chemical Biological Centre (in Swedish “Kemiskt Biologiskt Centrum”, KBC) – an interdisciplinary research centre for the natural sciences and medicine at Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The centre is unique in its collaborative structure and offers an excellent scientific infrastructure with several core facilities and technical platforms. Our goal is to promote a positive, creative, and interdisciplinary environment for research combined with an excellent graduate and undergraduate education. You can find more information here:

Umeå University is dedicated to providing creative environments for learning and work. We offer a wide variety of courses and programs, world leading research, and excellent innovation and collaboration opportunities. 4 000 employees and nearly 34 000 students have already chosen Umeå University.

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Postdoctoral research fellowship (2 years) in Chemistry – Oligonucleotide derivatization and biophysical studies