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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.

We are looking for one doctoral student within Westenhoff´s VR “Röntgen Ångström Cluster” project.

The objectives of the projects are to determine the structure and structural changes of proteins in three dimensions using fluctuation correlation X-ray scattering. We plan use ultrashort X-ray pulses from free electron laser sources to reach these goals. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with the partners in the consortium at Uppsala University and the AMx-Planck institute for biophysical chemistry in Göttingen.

You are expected to be involved in all steps of the project, i.e. to prepare and to perform experiments and to analyze and to publish the data. The choice of sub-project will be adjusted to the successful candidate’s interest and experiences.  

Job assignments

Working duties may include:

  • planning, preparation, and implementation of time-resolved X-ray diffraction experiments at free electron laser sources.
  • protein production and sample optimization
  • structure determination
  • identification and publication of the results
  • scientific collaboration within and outside the group and within the consortium
  • communication of the results

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 programs 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 program of relevance to the planned third-cycle program, 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).

In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented qualifications for:

  • a degree (Masters/ or equivalent)
  • documented research experience in biochemistry, structural biology, or an area directly related to the project.

You should also be able to demonstrate:

  • proven ability to work independently
  • a results-driven approach to research projects.
  • Experience as a dynamic team player.

Experience in scientific programming, molecular modelling or crystallography are a merit.

In return, you will be given extensive creative space to develop the project, significant resources to produce cutting edge results, and you will profit from being part of our highly collaborative team.

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 soon as possible based on agreement

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1993:100.

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 doctoral studies.

University applies local agreement on salaries of graduate students.

For further information regarding the position

Sebastian Westenhoff, +46 (0) 766183916, westenho@chem.gu.se

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