Phd Fellow in Organic, Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Trondheim, Norway
11 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Mar 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A PhD research fellow position is available in the interface between organic, medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry. The PhD candidate will be a member of a research group with members from both Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering and Dept. of Chemistry at NTNU.

The position is financed by Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering and will involve the development of new kinase inhibitors conjugated to small proteins. The project will seek to develop new methods for pharmacodelivery by extending the field of antibody-drug-conjugate (ADC) technology by instead using small signaling proteins as the drug carrier.

Further information can be obtained from Associate Professor Eirik Sundby, NTNU, Tel. +47 735 9645, E-mail:

Job description

The theme of the PhD research is efficient bioconjugation of kinase inhibitors to small proteins. We are seeking a person with experimental background in organic synthesis and with knowledge of medicinal chemistry and/or bioconjugation techniques.           

The overall project goal is to deliver highly active kinase inhibitors conjugated to cytokines.

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in [subject area] or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

Other qualifications:

The applicant should have an MSc (or equivalent) in organic/medicinal chemistry and a  solid background from biochemistry, molecular biology or pharmacology. Experience with different methods for protein characterization or bioconjugation will be considered an advantage.

The position requires spoken and written fluency in the Scandinavian languages (Norwegian/Swedish/Danish) due to teaching responsibilities.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant.

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The appointment has a duration of 3 years or 4 years with 25% work duties at Department. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in [subject area] (Link to website, if applicable). 

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Associate Professor Eirik Sundby, NTNU, Tel. +47 735 9645, E-mail:

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number NV-16/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 10.03.2019

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering  

We are Norway's leading educational and research environment in materials engineering, materials chemistry and materials science.  In collaboration with business and industry, we are a driving force for the development of innovative materials as well as new applications and manufacturing processes.  Activities in our disciplines are vital for the green shift. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline 10.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Jobbnorge ID 164671

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