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2 PhD Positions in Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry

Two PhD Fellowships in Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry

Workplace: Laboratory of Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Supervisor: Dr. Jakub Svenda

Type of Cooperation: PhD fellowship (more information on PhD study programmes at the Faculty of Science of Masaryk University here)

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022

Expected Start Date: flexible, by agreement

Description of the Fellowship

Students selected through a standard interview process will enter the PhD program at Masaryk University. The program provides specialized chemistry courses and ample opportunities to participate in basic or applied research. The students will join the international team of Dr. Jakub Svenda at the Department Chemistry of Masaryk University. Dr. Svenda is devoted to advancing methods and strategies that simplify synthesis of medicinally important natural products (website: orgsyn.sci.muni.cz). Two areas of research are being offered: (1) Synthetic antibiotics inspired by the bactobolin class of natural products using the recently developed technology (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 7306 and Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, accepted, doi: 10.1002/anie.202116520); (2) Synthetic probes of photochemistry and biology of bilirubin in the context of neonatal jaundice phototherapy. The students can expect complex education and training in synthetic organic chemistry that will allow them to become competitive in their future careers. For further inquiries regarding the position, please contact Dr. Svenda: svenda@chemi.muni.cz.

About the workplace

The team of Dr. Jakub Svenda is part of the Laboratory of Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry located at the Department of Chemistry of Masaryk University (website: orgsyn.sci.muni.cz). The laboratories are situated within a new university campus and feature modern infrastructure required for organic synthesis and structural analysis. The laboratory is involved in numerous collaborations with top biologists and innovative pharma companies, creating potential for future career opportunities. Dr. Svenda is also researcher at the International Clinical Research Centre (ICRC), which is a joint research centre of St. Anne´s University Hospital in Brno (Czech Republic) and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (USA) (see: http://www.fnusa-icrc.org/en/).

Masaryk University is the second-largest university in the Czech Republic with nine faculties, more than 5000 staff, and more than 30 000 students. As a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing, our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education.

Faculty of Science, a proud holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission, is a research-oriented faculty, offering university education (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree programs) closely linked to both primary and applied research and high school teaching of the following sciences: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth sciences.

2 PhD Positions in Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry

Offered Conditions

Selected candidates will receive a comprehensive training in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry. Our Faculty provides an opportunity to study and live in a modern and dynamic city, one of 10 best student cities.

In addition to the standard PhD scholarship at Masaryk University, additional funds are provided through the departmental resources (funding from research grants, additional scholarships, performance-based bonuses). Financial resources are available also to support international mobility and attendance at conferences.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in chemistry required at the time of enrolment to the PhD study program.
  • Candidates should be familiar with basic laboratory techniques used in experimental organic chemistry.
  • Prior deeper training/experience in chemical synthesis will be evaluated positively during the interview and selection process.
  • All highly motivated students are encouraged to apply.
  • Good communication skills (oral and written) in English.
  • High level of commitment to complete the PhD studies.

How to Apply

Please send your curriculum vitae, cover letter with a concise summary of your previous research activities to: svenda@chemi.muni.cz

Selection Process

Received applications will be continuously reviewed and carefully considered. Shortlisted applicants meeting the requirements will be invited to an interview.

Please note that your application does not substitute an official admission process to Ph.D. studies at SCI MUNI. Details including discussion about the research topic, required documentation or formalities will be a subject of the interview with successful candidates. Only upon the informal pre-agreement with potential future supervisor, a formal application for PhD studies at Faculty of Science, Masaryk University can be submitted.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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