Postdoctor in Molecular Neurobiology, 2 positions

Ref PAR 2022/1518

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The current project will investigate a class of protein in the family of ligand-gated ion channels. These proteins are receptors that are involved in fast neurotransmission in nervous systems, they also have an important role in synaptic plasticity. The Morud Lekholm group use the nematode C. elegans to study these receptors and how they are involved in regulating and controlling different forms of behaviors, such as learning and escape behaviors. The project aims to investigate the basic principles of these receptors by characterizing their basic functions, such as how they are recruited into synapses upon learning events and how a dysfunctional synapse inclusion influences the learning ability. Moreover, the project will, by utilizing biophysical techniques, study how the structural perturbations depend on the identity of the activating ligand, and how this in turns influence the effect size produced by the ion channel. The projects also include molecular biology work for generating new transgenic C. elegans lines and for the production of baculoviruses to be used for protein production in Spodoptera frugiperda Sf9 cells.


The position includes the following tasks: to independently plan and execute the experimental lab work and data analysis. The candidate is also expected to express and purify protein in Sf9 cells, prepare protein for cryo-EM and difference liquid SAXS experiments, produce new transgenic C. elegans and baculovirus lines, identify protein binding partners to ligand-gated ion channels, design and set up new assays for tracking of C. elegans behaviors and perform super resolution microscopy in GFP-tagged C. elegans. The postdoc shall also, in collaboration with other group members, produce scientific papers, analyze data to be able to present these findings at international conferences.


Requirements for the position are:

  • To qualify for the postion the applicant must have completed a Swedish Doctoral degree or must have a foreign degree corresponding to a Swedish Doctoral degree preferably in neurobiology, molecular biology, biochemistry or structural biology. The Doctoral degree must be finished at the timepoint of employment decision.
  • Excellent communicative skills are required, including fluency in oral and written English since our department is a very international environment.

Meritorious for the position are:

  • Previous experience working with C. elegans is an important merit, as well as previous experience with in vivo characterization of previously uncharacterized proteins in C. elegans using genetic or electrophysiological techniques, or methods such as advanced light microscopy and molecular biological techniques such as gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9.
  • We seek a motivated and ambitious person with documented experience of producing and analyzing large datasets.
  • Good knowledge of biochemical methods, molecular biology and analysis of SAXS and cryo-EM datasets are meriting.
  • The candidate is expected to have several published articles in well-known journals. 


Fixed term during two years full time (100%) at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology. 

Contact information for the post 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact associate senior lecturer Julia Morud Lekholm, 031-786 3237,


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  • A cover letter with the applicant’s justification for the application, i.e., that describes how the applicant meets the selection criteria.
  • A list of qualifications (CV).
  • Certificate of PhD exam and other educations of relevance.
  • Complete list of publications, including submitted and accepted manuscripts.
  • Employments certificates and other documents deemed important by the applicant.

Applications must be received by: 2022-12-07

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