Postdoctoral Researcher in physical chemistry of solid-state formulations of proteins


Ref REK 2021/147

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 24,000 students. 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. The Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Health and Society, offers a programme leading to a professional qualification, Biomedical Scientist (first cycle, 180 credits), and a Masters' programme, Biomedical Surface Science (second cycle, 120 credits), as well as first and second cycle freestanding courses. The Department negotiates the multifaceted intersection between biology, chemistry, medicine, physics, and technology and the interdisciplinary approach to research and education aims to further the theoretical and practical understanding of the complex subject matter. Drawing on the balance between pure and applied research, the Department has been successful in attracting funding from regional, national, and international research funding bodies. The research at the faculty is also linked to the research center Biofilms - Research Center for Biointerfaces, which combines biomedical science with clinical and translational research in medical, dental, food and environmental application areas in close collaboration with regional industry.


About the position

This project is a part of the NextBioForm consortium that involves several universities and companies. The consortium aims at building a well-renowned, globally competitive sustainable national center for development of biologics. In this project, we will investigate the structural and thermodynamic changes in proteins and probiotics upon dehydration in the presence of pharmaceutical excipients. Furthermore, we plan to study structural changes in semi-dry protein formulations that occur upon heating to temperatures that typically lead to protein denaturation. The main techniques involved in the project will be thermal analysis and water sorption techniques such as DSC, sorption calorimetry and humidity-scanning QCM-D. Together with scattering techniques such as SAXS and SANS they will be used to develop understanding of mechanisms of destabilization of proteins in the dry state and the effects of excipients. The project will be performed in collaboration with MAX IV (CoSAXS beamline).


The applicant is primarily employed to conduct research but teaching on undergraduate and/or graduate level can also be a part of the work duties. The applicant is furthermore expected to take responsibility for the maintenance of the instruments involved and to be active by supervising postgraduate students and fellow scientists in the techniques. In addition, the applicant should (when applicable) be responsible for contacts with involved industry partners and is also expected to take part in applications for external funding to support research activities.



Specific requirements for this position:

The successful candidate should have a PhD in physical chemistry or biophysics (or a subject closely related to this) and have a good track record in physical chemistry, surface and colloid chemistry, or pharmacy. Special considerations will be given to a scientific expertise and a previous hands-on experience in the following methods: DSC, synchrotron SAXS or SANS (including modelling), microcalorimetry, ITC, TGA, DVS, QCM-D. Documented excellent level of English (understanding, speaking and writing) is essential. Experience in molecular simulations would be of benefit for the position.


In addition to formal competence, University employees must possess the personal capacities necessary to perform the duties of the position well and to represent the University in the best possible way. The candidate should have the ability to work in a team and collaborate with people in complementary disciplines. Previous experience from working in research projects that involved both industry and academia is highly valued.


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 a 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


Further information

Questions related to this position can be addressed to professor Vitaly Kocherbitov, E-mail: , phone: +46 70 7457220.
For general questions regarding employment at Malmö university, contact HR-specialist Jill Moberger +46 (0)40 6657840,


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You apply for this position via Malmö University's recruitment system by clicking on the "Apply" button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with the advertisement, and that it is provided to the University no later than 16 August 2021. The educational qualifications may be documented with guidance from Qualifications portfolio for lecturers/researchers at Malmö University. See also Appointment Rules at Malmö University. Books and any other documents, such as publications, that cannot be sent electronically should be sent in triplicate in an envelope marked with reference number REK2021/147 and posted to the HR Department, Malmö University, 205 06 Malmö. If the documents weigh more than 2 kg, they should be sent to the delivery address: HR Department, Malmö University, Matrosgatan 1, 211 18 Malmö, marked with reference number REK2021/147.


The application must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of Doctoral degree certificate and other relevant certificates
  • A brief account of scientific, educational and other activities relevant to the position, including a description of how the applicant envisions their future research and teaching
  • List of scientific and educational publications
  • Copies of three most relevant publications



This is a full-time, one-year position, which can be prolonged beyond the first year. Malmö University is a workplace and higher education institution that is characterised by an open and inclusive approach, where gender equality and equal terms add value to our activities. Malmö University applies individual salary setting.


Start date

1 October 2021 or by agreement.


Union representatives

SACO-S: Desirée Annvir,

Lärarförbundet: Carl-Erik Blomberg,

ST/OFR: Aje Carlbom


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