|CCL 18.01.19 Postdoc Scholarship in Theoretical Chemistry - Uppsala University, Sweden|
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Date: Fri Jan 19 15:49:33 2018
Subject: 18.01.19 Postdoc Scholarship in Theoretical Chemistry - Uppsala University, Sweden
A postdoctoral scholarship in Theoretical Chemistry is open in the group of Assoc. Prof. Marcus Lundberg, at the Department of Chemistry - Angstrom Laboratory, Uppsala University, Sweden. The group performs theoretical simulations of transition-metal catalyzed reactions, combined with spectroscopic fingerprinting of intermediates, mainly using X-ray spectroscopy. The Department of Chemistry - Angstrom Laboratory offers a very strong research environment, with top-quality research in transition metal catalysis. Uppsala University is the oldest university in all of the Nordic countries and ranks among the world's 100 best universities in several high-profile international rankings. Project description: The aim is to identify intermediates in heme chemistry using their X-ray spectroscopic fingerprints. Heme enzymes perform a number of critical biological functions, e.g., oxygen transport, electron transfer and catalysis. X-ray spectroscopy can be used to separate signals from the iron center and the ligands, which offers a unique view of the electronic structure. The rapid development of experimental techniques such as soft X-ray absorption of solution samples and hard X-ray scattering, both at free-electron lasers and synchrotron lightsources, requires corresponding advances in modeling. We have, together with other groups, pioneered the use of the multi- configurational restricted active space (RAS) approach to model X-ray spectra of transition metals, research performed in close collaboration with the OpenMolcas package. In this project RAS simulations will provide experimentally validated electronic structures of key intermediates in oxygen binding and activation in heme enzymes and model complexes. Requirements: The applicant must have a PhD in chemistry or an equivalent education in a nearby scientific field. A background in modeling of molecular systems using theoretical chemistry methods is necessary. The applicant must speak and write good English. Additional qualifications: Experience with one or more of the following areas is appreciated: transition metal systems, multiconfigurational methods and X-ray spectroscopy. Preference will be given to applicants who have obtained their PhD less than five years ago. A combined assessment will be made of the applicant's competence, interest and knowledge in the subject area, as well as the suitability to carry out and develop a large research project. Uppsala University is striving to achieve a more even gender balance, and women are especially encouraged to apply. Scholarship conditions: The scholarship is initially for 1 year, with possible extension to a 2nd year pending approval from the funding agency. More information on the terms that apply will be provided during the application process.
The application should contain a short description of research interests and background, CV, documentation of PhD exam, copy of PhD thesis (or draft version) and other documents of interest, such as recommendation letters. Further information can be obtained from: Assoc. Prof. Marcus Lundberg, phone: +46-18-471 3708, e-mail: marcus.lundberg()kemi.uu.se. http://www.kemi.uu.se/research/theoretical-chemistry/research-areas/catalysis/ Submit your application by e-mail to marcus.lundberg()kemi.uu.se at the 25th of February 2018, at the latest.NOTE THAT E-MAIL ADDRESSES HAVE BEEN MODIFIED!!!
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