Department of Physics at Chalmers

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We address a wide array of experimental, computational, methodological and theoretical challenges, from fundamental physics research, through the development of new materials such as graphene to direct industrial projects generating new inventions. We have a strong learning commitment on all levels from undergraduate to PhD studies where physics meet engineering. We are situated in a stimulating and creative environment with newly renovated facilities. The department is the major part of Gothenburg Physics Centre – a collaboration between five departments at Chalmers and Gothenburg University.

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Information about the projects
The focus areas of these research projects are on the development of surface-based bioanalytical instrumentation and/or their use in fundamental biophysics research as well as for applications in medical diagnostics and drug discovery. With respect to method development, surface-sensitive optical microscopy will be further developed together with advanced lipid-based surface modifications and microfluidics to enable single-molecule studies of the biomolecular interactions that forms the foundation for many diagnostic applications. The project will also include work on new means to make protein structure determinations at the level of single molecules. From the perspective of applications, the work will be carried out in close collaboration with biological and medical settings, with particular focus on how single nanoparticle analytics can offer advantages with respect to faster and more informed medical diagnostic devices, improvements in the discovery of drugs directed against membrane proteins as well as nanoparticle formulations of next generation biological drug compounds. Prime emphasis will be put on fundamental science, but the applied nature of the work means that it will also be carried out in close connections with the utilization network at Chalmers.

Major responsibilities
The successful candidates will work on these research topics in a relatively large research team, with participants from many departments at Chalmers and national and international universities. The main responsibility for one of the candidates will be the further development of advanced instrumentations, including advanced analysis. The other candidate will be responsible for applications of state-of-the art single-molecule analysis in diagnostic and drug-discovery applications. The candidates may also participate in experiments at large international infrastructure facilities.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The positions are for 1 + 1 year (the extension to 2 years is decided after 8 months). The salary depends on the qualifications of the successful candidate.

To qualify for the position of postdoc you must have a doctoral degree in biophysical chemistry, physics, biotechnology, chemistry or related fields (the degree should generally not be older than three years), as well as excellent language skills in English are required. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Specific qualifications of particular importance for the projects are:
(a) Previous experience in optical microscopy.
(b) Previous experience in applied and / or theoretical aspects of biophysical chemistry.
(c) Previous experience of advanced data and image analysis is an advantage.

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190616 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 11 December, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Professor Fredrik Höök
Phone: +46 31 772 6130

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