Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas.

Health, natural resources, sustainable energy and materials are some of our lead words and our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”.

We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg.

Information about the Nordén lab/the project

The main objective of the project is to study the mechanism and molecular structure of DNA and RNA single and double helix forms during stretching and in particular settle whether the "disproportionation" hypothesis proposed by Nordén et al into base-triplets can be verified and be related to biological function of recombination proteins and generecombination

Major responsibilities
Responsibility of maintaining and developing the single-molecule laser-tweezers equipment and AFM pursuing experiments on DNA and RNA will be included in tasks associated with position.

Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. The position also includes teaching on undergraduate and master's levels as well as supervising master's and/or PhD students to a certain extent. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

To be qualified you need a PhD in Physical Chemistry/Biophysics. You also need expertise in single-molecule force spectroscopy on DNA and/or RNA. If you have education or experience in computational chemistry or molecular dynamics modelling it is meritorious. To be succesfull you need to be energetic, self-propelled and have a highly developed problem-solving ability.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170644 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) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

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: 15 February, 2018

For questions, please contact:
Prof. Bengt Nordén,, Dept of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
Prof. Per Lincoln,, Dept of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
Assoc. Prof. Fredrik Westerlund,, Dept of Biology and Biological Engineering 
Prof. Marcus Wilhelmsson,,  Dept of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

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