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2022-224-04975 Postdoc in design of molecules for ease of chemical synthesis

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, a Postdoc position in design of molecules for ease of chemical synthesis is open for appointment from 01.02.2023 or soon hereafter. The position is for 2 years. The Section of Chemical Science and Engineering consists of 80 people of which about 20 is associate- and full professors. The section conducts internationally competitive research within a range of topics within Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and publishes more than 80 peer reviewed publications annually. The section is responsible for the educations in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and is located in both campus Aalborg and campus Esbjerg. The workplace for this position is Aalborg.

Job description

Generating novel molecules by means of computer algorithms are increasingly more common. Those molecules are, however, rarely, if ever, synthesized in a lab due to a plethora of reasons like not being synthesizable in the first place or just being incredibly difficult to synthesize. In order to make progress in this area, and have algorithms suggest novel molecules that can actually be synthesized, our hypothesis is that synthesizability should play a vital role during algorithmic discovery. The project is expected to include equal parts of theoretical work and experimental work.

Central to a successful project is the interface of our graph-based genetic algorithm with retrosynthetic software to work with only specific types of reactions or specific building blocks. Through this work, it is paramount to understand what requirements are needed to only include reactions that are possible in such a way, that generating novel molecules have a reasonable chance of being successfully synthesized in the lab afterwards. The ideal candidate will ideally combine algorithmic discovery of novel molecules with desirable properties and organic chemical synthesis. Part of the work includes supervision of students.

Competences of the ideal applicant: 

  • Hold a PhD degree in either theoretical and computational chemistry, synthetic chemistry or a related field
  • Solid publication record
  • Experience with python programming
  • Experience with retrosynthetic software is considered a major plus
  • Experience with organic synthesis is considered a major plus
  • Complex problem-solving skills and critical thinking
  • Ability to work interdisciplinary
  • Highly motivated
  • Ability to conduct work in a structured and systematic manner and with a sufficient degree of independency
  • An integrative and cooperative personality with good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in English – written and oral

We are a dynamic workplace with high professionalism and efficiency, a good working environment and with a focus on work-life balance. We strive for a culture with collaboration that promotes openness and curiosity towards new initiatives and ideas and with a constructive approach to problem solving. As an employee at the department, you will be part of an international research environment, with a focus on innovation, knowledge sharing and excellency as well as interdisciplinary collaborations.

You may obtain further professional information from Associate Professor Casper Steinmann by e-mail:

The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience provides cutting-edge research and teaching in biotechnology, biology, environmental science, chemistry and chemical engineering. Our research solves important topics for the benefit of society, and through research-based teaching, we educate independent, collaborative and solution-oriented bachelors, graduates and PhDs.

At the department, we have high-profile research groups and individual researchers who deliver world-class applied and basic scientific research with a mission-driven approach, and who contribute to the development of new technologies, methods, and new basic insights within natural science and engineering. The department is divided into two sections: Section for Bioscience and Engineering and Section for Chemical Science and Engineering, as well as one administration. Both sections have activities on both Aalborg and Esbjerg campuses. The day-to-day management is handled by the head of department, the deputy heads of research and education, and the head of the secretariat in collaboration with section leaders.

Qualification requirements: 

Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

Shortlisting will be applied. After the review of any objections regarding the assessment committee, the head of department, with assistance from the chair of the assessment committee, selects the candidates to be assessed. All applicants will be informed as to whether they will advance to assessment or not.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Camilla Bjerregaard Bock by mail or phone (+45) 9940 9582. Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here 


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.   

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