Postdoc in Oligosaccharide Synthesis and Glycoimmuno-oncology

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A two-year postdoctoral position is available in organic chemistry and oligosaccharide synthesis at the Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark. The project will be carried out within the Center for Nanomedicine and Theranostics, which hosts a total of 6 faculty members and approximately 45 PhD students and postdocs. The project is a collaboration between DTU, the University of Copenhagen, Statens Serum Institute and Trinity College Dublin.

The research project is within glycoimmunooncology and involves the chemical synthesis of complex glycans found on human cell surfaces, as well as their formulation and biological investigation. The research project relies heavily on the ability to prepare large amounts of complex oligosaccharides and their corresponding glycolipid conjugates – and this will be the main responsibility of the postdoctoral candidate.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The main responsibility is to design and execute synthetic routes to complex glycans. You will work in a team with a senior postdoc and a PhD student and collaborate with experts in carbohydrate chemistry, cell biology, immunology and animal models. You are expected to work independently and coordinate your research with the other team members. Undergraduate research projects will be integrated in the project and you are expected to interact with and co-supervise those projects. Additionally, some teaching responsibilities can be expected, mainly involving laboratory courses.

Candidates should have a PhD degree in chemistry with a strong theoretical and experimental background in organic chemistry.

  • An interest in chemical biology and a desire to work in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • A documented track record in the chemical synthesis of complex oligosaccharide.
  • A strong commitment to research.
  • Enthusiasm for working with research students.
  • Independence and good communication skills.

Applicants should have a thorough interest in oligosaccharide synthesis and carbohydrate chemistry. Exposure to glycoimmunology from previous positions is an advantage, but not a requirement. The position offers an opportunity to work with an international, dynamic and multi-disciplinary project.

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Relevance of background experience.
  • Passion for research and scientific discoveries
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and good communication skills.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 2 years. The position is available from August 1, 2021 or soon thereafter. The position is based at DTU, but periods of research visits to partners can be expected.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained obtained from Prof. Mads H. Clausen, tel.: +45 4525 2131,

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 8 June 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV, including a list of publications and contact information for at least two references
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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