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The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology conducts high-quality research and education in chemicalsciences and molecular life sciences. Our research and education focuses on a deep understanding of chemical and biological processes in cells and in the environment.

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The department is responsible for postgraduate education in the subject area Natural Sciences with a focus on chemistry, biophysics, biology and educational science. In addition, the department hosts educational programs in molecular biology, genomics and systems biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry, as well as prescription education. The department collaborates with various societal actors such as schools, business and authorities. The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology has around 200 employees. We are located in central premises both on Campus Johanneberg and on Campus Medicinareberget in Gothenburg.

We are seeking a research assistant to join our group at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology & the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, for a period of six months.

Glycans or complex carbohydrates constitute the capsules of bacteria, fungi, as well as plant cells, and adorn all kinds of other biomolecules such as proteins, lipids, or RNA. The specific glycan sequence that is physically attached to a protein fundamentally alters its properties and capabilities, fine-tuning stability, structure, and function. We recently demonstrated that – using machine learning – this rich information can be leveraged to predict glycan properties and, in turn, characteristics of the organisms exhibiting these glycans, opening up the potential of glycobiology to facilitate a new understanding of biology and enable future biomedical therapies.

This project focuses on glycan-binding proteins and their interaction with the glycome of humans at various evolutionary checkpoints. This subject is relevant as it relates to disease susceptibility, studied here, as well as other areas such as developmental processes, cell-cell communication, and immunology.

Job assignments

You will study the interactions of glycan-binding domains from previous and current human pathogens. We have established a model system of human cells with the evolutionarily ancient human glycome (from approximately 2 million years ago) and you will use this system to investigate the evolution of disease susceptibility and the role of glycans in this process, which could shed light on combating current pathogens. Experimental techniques, among others, include molecular cloning, binding assays, and mammalian cell culture.


Requirements for the position are:

- Experience in working with mammalian cells

- Demonstrated knowledge in glycobiology

- Experience with molecular cloning

- BSc degree in a related subject

Merits for the position are:

- Experience with binding assays


The employment is a time-limited position for 6 months on fulltime (100%) placed at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology in Gothenburg. Starting in April 2022.


For further information regarding the position

For questions regarding the position, please contact Associate Senior Lecturer Daniel Bojar,  


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- CV
- Certificate of BSc degree

Closing date: 2022-01-31


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