About Malmö University
Malmö University is an innovative, urban and international institute of higher education, located in the center of Malmö. We have around 1 800 employees and about 25 000 students and thereby one of Sweden's largest universities. Our research and education are characterized by the role we believe a university should play in an open society, which is to contribute to sustainability and equality in a scientifically grounded way with external partners and stakeholders. Identifying and addressing the challenges of the future are of highest priority. Our researchers and students work in collaboration to create, share and spread knowledge in order to understand, explain and develop society.

Malmö University is organized into five faculties: Faculty of Health and Society, Culture and Society, Education and Society, Faculty of Odontology and Technology and Society.

Faculty of Health and Society
Our education and research are conducted with the vision of promoting health and participation. The faculty conducts research that   focuses on societal problems and seeks solutions in several fields of research. We develop leading professional education programs that provide healthcare, social work and enterprises with competent staff. Our education and research are located in three locations in Malmö.

Biofilms - Research Center for Biointerfaces
The present position will be a part of the research center Biofilms - Research Center for Biointerfaces, which is a large academic environment at Malmö University spanning several departments. The overall objective of Biofilms – Research Center for Biointerfaces is to produce high-quality front-line research within the biomedical field, to offer relevant and attractive educational programs, and to maintain good reciprocal relations with partner industries and the public sector. The center today comprises four research groups (60 researchers) and offers a translational network for applied research, in collaboration with regional industry. The center expertise covers the range from mathematical modelling to clinical sciences.

About the position
The research activities will be conducted in a network of academic, industrial, and clinical partners within a newly funded project entitled Biobarriers - Health, Disorders and Healing. The general vision of the research project is to improve health and healing of biological barriers by modernizing clinical treatments and products based on molecular level knowledge.

In particular, the aim of this project is to investigate physico-chemical mechanisms relevant for development of novel sustainable biopolymer-based topical formulations. We will implement a holistic view on the processes occurring in the topical formulations including diffusion of active ingredients, excipients and water, degradation of active ingredients and excipients, the role of degradation products and their interactions with biological barriers.

The project will be performed in collaboration between Malmö University and several companies.

Apart from carrying out research within these areas the applicant is expected to take responsibility for the maintenance of the instruments involved and to be active by supervising graduate and postgraduate students and fellow scientists in the techniques and participate in teaching at graduate and postgraduate levels. In addition, the applicant will be expected to take part in applications for external funding to support research activities.

Qualifications
A postdoc is primarily employed to conduct research. They have completed a doctoral degree or a foreign degree considered on par with a doctoral degree. This is primarily relevant to people who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the application period for the position of postdoc has expired.

Specific requirements for this position
PhD degree in physical chemistry, surface and colloid chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, polymer chemistry, physical pharmacy or another relevant discipline

Highly valued qualifications for this position:
Hands-on experience in some of the following methods:

  • small- and wide-angle X-ray diffraction/scattering and other scattering techniques
  • calorimetry and thermal analysis (DSC, ITC, isothermal microcalorimetry, TGA)
  • water sorption techniques
  • rheology
  • solution or solid-state NMR
  • polymer chemistry
  • chromatography (LC, SEC) with spectrophotometry and/or mass spectroscopy detection
  • in vitro permeability studies with Franz cells or similar

Experience in working with hydrogels, starch and other carbohydrate polymers, proteins, mesoporous silica, pharmaceutical formulations, drug delivery systems and skin is also highly valued.

The ideal candidate should also have the ability to work in a team and collaborate with people in complementary disciplines.

Assessment criteria

  • The quality and focus of the doctoral thesis
  • Research activities within fields relevant to the appointment in question
  • Documented ability to independently conduct research of sufficient standard
  • Reflective presentation of their own pedagogical outlook and practices
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with actors in other parts of society with a connection to education and research

For more information contact
Vitaly Kocherbitov, Professor at the Department of Biomedical Science.
Phone: +46 40 6657946
E-mail: Vitaly.Kocherbitov@mau.se

Form of employment and starting date
Temporary position for 12 months (full-time) starting from May 1st or as soon as possible thereafter. The position can be prolonged beyond the first year. At Malmö University, individual salary negotiations apply.

Malmö University is a workplace characterized by an open and inclusive approach where equal treatment adds value to our activities.

Application
You apply through Malmö University’s recruitment system by clicking the button “apply/ansök”. You have the responsibility that your application is complete according to the adverted position and your application must be received no later than April 6, 2020.

The application should contain the following:

  1. Cover letter with a motivation for applying to this position
  2. A brief summary of scientific, teaching, and other qualifications relevant to the position
  3. Attested copies of certificates
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. List of scientific publications and developed teaching materials
  6. Copy of doctoral dissertation or equivalent
  7. Copies of three of your most relevant scientific publications
  8. At least two references with names, titles/positions, relation to you, and contact information.

Trade union representatives
SACO-S: Ann-Mari Campbell, ann-mari.campbell@mau.se
Lärarförbundet: Carl-Erik Blomberg, carl-erik.blomberg@mau.se OFR/S (ST):
Aje Carlbom, aje.carlbom@mau.se

Welcome with your application!