Postdoctor in Natural product chemistry and Chemical Biology

Ref PAR 2022/718

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology conducts high-quality research and education in chemical sciences and molecular life sciences. Our research and education focusses on a deep understanding of chemical and biological processes in cells and in the environment. We address important societal issues such as antibiotic resistance, cancer, brain diseases, environmental problems and climate change. In this way, we contribute to achieving the UN's global goals for sustainable development in the areas of good health and well-being, sustainable energy for all, sustainable cities and communities, and combating climate change. The department is an international environment with interdisciplinary collaborations in both research and education, and contributes strongly to the University of Gothenburg's top ranking in life science The department is responsible for postgraduate education in the subject area Natural Sciences with a focus on chemistry, biophysics, biology and educational science. In addition, the department hosts educational programs in molecular biology, genomics and systems biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry, as well as prescription education. The department collaborates with various societal actors such as schools, business and authorities. The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology has around 200 employees. We are located in central premises both on Campus Johanneberg and on Campus Medicinareberget in Gothenburg.

Natural products are a rich source for the identification of bioactive compounds and valuable drug targets. In the announced project, we aim at the synthesis of natural product derived tool compounds for a novel target identification approach utilizing bioresponsive tags. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with the CytoLabs DFG Consortium in Germany. 


The position includes the management of an interdisciplinary research project at the interplay of semi- and total synthesis of natural products, design of bioresponsive tool compounds and implementation of a workflow for target identification via MS/MS. The applicant is supposed to conduct chemical synthesis, biochemical as well as biological assays for target identification. The applicant is supposed to document research result, prepare scientific publications and contribute to grant applications.


Eligible to be employed as a postdoctoral researcher is someone who has a Swedish doctoral degree or has a foreign degree that is deemed to correspond to a doctoral degree. In the first instance, the person who has completed a degree no more than three years before the end of the application period and has not previously been employed as a postdoctoral fellow for more than one year in the same or related subject areas at the University of Gothenburg should be eligible. Even those who have previously graduated may be eligible for special reasons (e.g. leave due to illness, service in the total defense, positions of trust within trade unions and student organizations or parental leave or other similar circumstances). To qualify for this position, the applicant should hold a PhD in a relevant subject in the area of chemistry, medicinal chemistry or chemical biology.

We are looking for an ambitious, motivated and versatile candidate with a special interest in natural product chemistry and bioresponsive molecules. Experience in total synthesis and semi synthetic natural product modification is required. Excellent chemistry knowledge and hands-on laboratory skills and basic biology knowledge is required to be able to successfully collaborate with biologists in the project. The candidate should be able to work both independently as well as in a group and have good knowledge (written and spoken) in English. German is a plus as the project will be conducted in close collaboration with the CytoLabs DFG Consortium in Germany. The person has to be well structured and organized as large data sets will be analyzed, responsible and have good communications and collaborative skills.


Fixed term during 2 years, fulltime at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

Contact information for the post 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact; Philipp Klahn e-mail:


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Applications must be received by: 2022-06-16

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