Phd Student In Biochemistry And Biophysics University of Gothenburg Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology Sweden

Phd Student In Biochemistry And Biophysics

Research and graduate education at the department of chemistry and molecular biology comprises a wide scientific field from the atomic and molecular levels all the way through cells to intact organisms. Much of the phenomena studied here impact on our natural environment and living systems. We participate in undergraduate programs in chemistry, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, biology, marine sciences, and pharmacy.

 

A third cycle education at our department will lead to a Ph.D. in Natural sciences, or Natural sciences with a specialisation in Chemistry, Biology or Biophysics. Ph.D. studies comprises four years at the post graduate level. The time period can be extended to 5 years in total through teaching and/or other departmental duties.

 

Information about the research group:

 

The successful candidate will be part of the research group of Professor Richard Neutze and will work in close collaboration with that of Dr. Gisela Brändén. In our groups we use a range of biochemical and biophysical methods to study the structure, function and dynamics of membrane proteins. A special focus is on new methods within structural biology that utilize X-rays from synchrotrons and X-ray free electron lasers to track structural changes in proteins with time.

 

Job assignments


Information about the job assignments

A large component of the PhD project will focus upon protein production, purification and crystallization of a light gated ion channel: channelrhodopsin. The doctoral student will use microcrystals of this membrane protein in advanced structural biological experiments at various x-ray facilities around the world including synchrotrons and X-ray lasers. A key scientific goal is to use time-resolved X-ray diffraction techniques to visualize structural movements in a light gated ion channel after absorption of light. All experimental work as well as data analysis will take place in close cooperation with the rest of the research group.

 

Eligibility


To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements:

 

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification,
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.



To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies, applicants must: (i) have a second-cycle (advanced-level) degree in a relevant* subject area in the natural sciences, or (ii) have completed studies for at least 60 higher education credits at a second-cycle level in relevant subject areas in the natural sciences, or (iii) have completed a corresponding programme of relevance to the planned third-cycle programme, in Sweden or in another country, or have equivalent qualifications.

 

*Relevant for the planned third-cycle education

 

The specific entry requirements also include an acceptable command of spoken and written English. Guidelines for assessing English proficiency may include a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL test (or 213 on the TOEFL-CBT, or 79 on the TOEFL-iBT).

 

Assessment

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.

 

The successful candidate is expected to be at ease collaborating with other scientists within a larger team and to possess high quality communication skills. In addition, it is of great importance that the applicant is independent, shows enthusiasm for research, has a willingness to learn new skills, and is fluent in English (orally and in writing). Experience in biochemistry/biophysics is a merit.

 

Employment


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, Four years full time
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg
First day of employment: as agreed upon

 

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.

 

A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The Appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time time doctoral studies.

 

University applies local agreement on salaries of graduate students.

 

Appointment procedure

Please apply online

The application shall include:

Cover letter with an explanation of why you apply for the position
CV including scientific publications
Copy of exam certificate
Two referees (name, telephone no, relation)

 

For further information regarding the position

For specific questions please contact Richard Neutze 031 786 3974 richard.neutze@gu.se

Questions regarding the third-cycle education: Martin Billeter, Director of third cycle education, +46(0) 31-786 3925, martin.billeter@gu.se
Questions regarding the employment: hr@cmb.gu.se

 

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Closing date  2019-04-30

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.


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