Jørn grew up in the small village of Rotsund in the Northern-Troms region, about 3 hours drive north of Tromsø. After graduating from Nordreisa videregående skole in 2000, he moved to Trondheim where he received his Sivilingeniør-degree from the Chemistry and Biotechnology program at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2005 (Carlsen Group). In august 2005, he started his graduate studies under the supervision of Prof. Huw M. L. Davies at the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA). The Davies group moved to Atlanta, GA, during the summer of 2008 and Jørn received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Emory University in August 2010. The Ph.D.-research
centered on catalyst development for metallocarbenoid chemistry, reaction design, kinetic studies as well as applications of modern computational methods to study mechanisms in metallocarbene chemistry. Next, he joined the research group of Prof. David MacMillan at Princeton University as a Postdoctoral Researcher working in the areas of high-throughput reaction discovery, organo- and photocatalysis
and applications towards medicinal chemistry. After a brief appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Touro College in New York City, he joined the faculty at the University of Tromsø (UiT), Department of Chemistry, in October 2012 as an Associate Professor of Organic and Medicinal Chemistry.
2005-10 PhD Organic Chemistry, Emory University, SUNY Buffalo, USA (Supervisor: Huw M. L. Davies)
Siv.ing./M.Tech. Chemistry and Biotechnology, NTNU, Norway (Supervisor: Per Carlsen)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Touro College, New York City.
2010-12 Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University (Supervisor: David MacMillan)
2011 Scientific Consultant, Chiromics LLC, Princeton, USA.
2005-07 Teaching Assistant, SUNY
2003-05 Teaching Assistant, NTNU, Norway.
Positions of Trust
2022-dd President of the Norwegian Chemical Society
Chemical Society - Executive Board Member
2018-dd Extended Leader Team - UiT Dept of Chemistry
2013-14 Chairman of the Norwegian Chemical Society - Northern Norway Division