Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability (SEAS)


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Research possibilities for the MSCA SEAS postdoctoral research fellow in marine natural product chemistry

The information on this page is a supplement to the complete advertisement of the position in the recruitment-portal Jobbnorge. The full advertisement of this position in Jobbnorge will be available after august 1, and linked from this webpage. Call deadline is October 31, 2022.


Key information

One position

MSCA SEAS postdoctoral research fellow at Department of Chemistry

Jobbnorge title

MSCA SEAS postdoctoral research fellow in marine natural product chemistry

Topical frame

Marine bioprospecting


Associate Professor Monica Jordheim


For an incoming candidate (see mobility rules)

Unit of employment

Department of Chemistry at University of Bergen

Group affiliation

The Jordheim Research group of Marine Natural Product Chemistry and Bioresources and Pharmaceutical Chemistry


Thematic area and contact

This position is connected to the key research theme marine bioprospecting, with focus on low molecular weight compounds, so called specialised molecules, from marine biomass.

The position is open to an incoming candidate, see mobility rules.

The successful candidate will be employed at the Department of Chemistry and included in the Jordheim research group on marine natural product chemistry as well as the larger research group Bioresources and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Information about the supervisor, research group and research possibilities for the fellow is available below. For further details about the research possibilities please contact Associate Professor Monica Jordheim.

Research possibilities and resources

The supervisor
Monica Jordheim is a natural product chemist with more than 20 years of experience in extraction, isolation, and structural elucidation of natural products, with a particularly focus on polyphenols and pigments. A key element in Jordheim’s research is the use of high field NMR for accurate quantitative determinations and purity considerations. This is highly important to fully evaluate the application value of isolated natural products. Jordheim has several projects with industrial seaweed partners and a high interest in chemical ecology and interdisciplinary research. Jordheim has been teaching spectroscopy methods for fifteen years and developed the course Structural elucidation of organic molecules (KJEM235). She is also the head of education at Department of Chemistry and the leader of the chemistry education program.

The research groups
The Jordheim Research group of Marine Natural Product Chemistry is working with different marine materials spanning from marine angiosperms in the coastal zone, to seagrasses, algae, and marine deep-sea biomass. Chemical ecology as costal monitoring tool, biosystematics studies of marine plants and revealing novel structures with new properties are among the research topics. The last years the group has increasingly focussed on marine bioprospecting aimed at isolation of high-value products. In addition to optimizing green extraction conditions for seaweeds, performing qualitative and quantitative analyses, an interdisciplinary approach favouring bio-guided isolation has been established. In addition to industrial projects, the group works closely with UiB partners as the deep-sea group and seaweed experts at Department of Biological Sciences (BIO), and cancer researchers at Department of Clinical Science.

Jordheim is also leading one out of four larger research groups at the Department of Chemistry, Bioresources and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, the BPC group. The professors in this group conducts research that addresses challenges related to health through early-stage drug discovery and to the sustainable and novel use of bioresources, by developing and applying analytical and synthetic methods in organic chemistry. The group includes expertise on chromatography, multivariate data analysis, NMR, structural elucidation, medicinal chemistry, and synthesis.

Available infrastructure
The updated instrumentation facilities at Department of Chemistry (UiB) are highly qualified for isolation, purification and identification purposes. They include: ASE-350 extraction instrument, different chromatographic techniques (Sephadex LH-20 and Toyopearl HW-40F column chromatography, preparative HPLC (High Pressure Liquid Chromatography), puriFlash® XS (Flash chromatography) instrument and a FCP-C instrument (Fast Centrifugal Partition Chromatography). Analytical HPLC/UHPLC, Low-Resolution and High-Resolution MS (LR-MS and HR-MS), NMR (NNP: 500 MHz, 600 MHz, 850 MHz); performing various one and two-dimensional experiments (1D 1H, DEPT-135, 1H-13C HSQC, 1H-13C HMBC, 1H-13C H2BC, 1H-1H DQF COSY, 1H-13C HSQC-TOCSY, 1H J-RES, 1H-1H TOCSY). Different Gas Chromatographic instruments (GC/MS, GC/FID, GC/TCD/FID), IR instrumentation (FTIR, NIR, FT-NIR, VIS/NIR) and several UV-Visible Spectrophotometers. ICP-MS is available on location (Department of Earth Science).

Research possibilities for the fellow - topical frame
The postdoctoral fellow position is connected to the thematic areas of marine bioprospecting and bioresource development. The position is in the field of marine natural product chemistry and includes extraction, isolation and qualitative and quantitative analysis using HPLC, MS and NMR. The marine environment is a very promising source of a high diversity, novelty, and structurally unique natural products, until now little explored, and represents promising opportunities to understand the ecological processes of their environment, as well as in drug discovery and bioresource development.  

Potential UiB groups at other that may offer a co-supervisor (for cross-disciplinary work)
The deep-sea group at Deep-sea biology and seaweed experts at Department of Biological Sciences (BIO), and cancer researchers at Department of Clinical Science.

See the full advertisement in Jobbnorge

The full advertisement in Jobbnorge will be available from august 1, 2022, until call deadline October 31.

Important general information

Please be aware

  • That until August 1st 2022 (official call opening), the information on this page must not be considered as final, as adjustments may be done! There might also be minor adjustments in the Guide for applicants and the templates needed for applying.
  • That the application process is time-demanding and requires a close dialogue with name-given available faculty supervisor or contact who, close to the deadline, must sign a supervisor match declaration if an application is to be eligible.
  • That some fields of research, especially within sensitive technology areas, might be enforced by Norwegian and international regulations regarding Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in these regulations might be prohibited from recruitment to UiB.