Researcher in Computational Chemistry: New reactions for activation of CO2

Deadline: 17.03.2021

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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Faculty of Science and Technology / Department of Chemistry

The position

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology, has a researcher position vacant at the Department of Chemistry. The position is for 2 years, with the possibility for extension by 1 year. The position is affiliated with the research group CHOCO and is expected to commence as soon as possible.

The appointed Researcher must have its daily workplace at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.

The position's field of research

The researcher will use quantum chemical methods (standard density functional theory and ab initio molecular dynamics) to model molecules and reactions and to propose promising new molecules for activation of CO2, especially towards enantioselective carbon-carbon bond formation. The work will be performed in close collaboration with experimental organic chemists. The researcher will be located at the Dept. of Chemistry and will become a member of an enthusiastic interdisciplinary research team, which combines computational and organic chemistry tools in the development of novel catalysts (group website).

The candidate can expect to be involved in the supervision of Master and PhD students in the group and may participate in teaching at the Department of Chemistry.


Further information about the position is available by contacting:


For appointment as researcher 1109, the applicant is required to hold either a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.

  • Candidates must have a PhD degree in theoretical or computational chemistry or equivalent.
  • Candidates must be able to document experience with ab initio molecular dynamics applied to chemical reactions. This may be in the form of a relevant PhD thesis or relevant publications.
  • Candidates must possess experience with quantum chemical modelling of metal-catalyzed reactions.
  • Experience with enantioselective systems is beneficial.
  • In-depth knowledge about organometallic chemistry is an advantage.
  • The successful candidate must have well-developed critical thinking and writing skills.
  • The ability to work independently and the motivation to solve challenging chemical problems is essential.
  • Teaching and/or supervision experience is an advantage.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English is necessary.

Qualification with a PhD is required before commencement in the position. If you’re at the final stages of your PhD, you may still apply if you have submitted your PhD thesis for doctoral degree evaluation within the application deadline. You must submit the thesis with your application. You must have dissertated before the start-up date of the position.

During the assessment emphasis will be put on the candidates motivation, potential for research, and personal suitability for the position.

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University i Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength, and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.

We offer

  • Renumeration is normally gross NOK 544 900 per annum (before tax)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • International academic environment and an exciting research project
  • Close collaboration with outstanding research groups
  • Transferable skills training and individual career development
  • Family-friendly policies and surroundings
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement


Your application must include:

  • Letter of application.
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, professional training and work).
  • Certified copies of Diploma and transcripts (all degrees)
  • PhD thesis or equivalent
  • Other works (published or unpublished) that the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment process. The applicant shall provide a description of his/her scientific production stating which works he/she considers the most important and shall therefore be the main emphasis of the assessment. A brief description of other listed works shall also be included to demonstrate depth of production.
  • References (including contact details)
  • Letters of recommendation may be submitted in addition to the above documents.

The documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications sent via www.jobbnorge.no.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

The working hours shall be utilised for research, research-related activities, and research administration.

The successful applicant must be willing to engage himself/herself in the ongoing development of his/her discipline and the university as a whole.

The remuneration for researcher is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1109. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

UiT wishes to increase the proportion of females in academic positions. In cases where two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

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