Researcher in Structural Biology
Sort on published: 2017-10-27
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.
The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology is one of the most international, broad and distinguished biomolecular departments in Europe. Research interests range all the way from genetics to the biophysics of single molecules.
The advertised position is available in the group of Professor Maria Selmer in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Maria Selmer leads a structural biology group using X-ray crystallography in combination with a broad range of other techniques to understand structure-function relationships in translation, antibiotic resistance and protein evolution and adaptation.
The researcher will work within the multidisciplinary project “An integrated environment for Ribosome Research”, financed by the Swedish research council. The project is a collaboration between five research groups in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology aiming to establish and develop methods and to use those to study different aspects of protein synthesis. Within the project, the reseatcher will use single-particle cryo-electron microscopy to determine structures of ribosomal complexes and collaborate with biochemists, biophysicists and computational biochemists.
- A PhD in structural biology, biochemistry, biophysics or a related area.
- Documented experience of experimental and computational work in structure determination using single-particle cryo-electron microscopy
- Documented experience of purification of large macromolecular complexes
- Demonstrated scientific excellence; evidenced by publication track record as well as track record of presenting at national and international meetings.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
- Good interpersonal skills
- Additional qualifications desired
- Experience of complementary techniques in structural biology, biophysics and biochemistry.
- Experience of work with ribosomes or other RNA-protein complexes
We are looking for an experienced researcher with excellent track record and motivation to identify and solve scientific problems. The researcher is expected to establish state-of-the art experimental and computational methods for single-particle reconstructions with cryo-electron microscopy, using microscopes at national and international facilities, and to develop the competence of the group in this area. The researcher will mainly work on preparation of ribosome complexes and structural studies of those with cryo-electron microscopy. The successful candidate will work in international, multidisciplinary and dynamic environment with extensive opportunities to learn new techniques. Please see http://xray.bmc.uu.se/~selmer/ for more information about the research in the group.
Criteria for ranking
In ranking qualified applicants, scientific excellence will be considered particularly important.
In filling this position, the university aims to recruit the person who, in a combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualifications, is judged most suitable to carry out and develop the work-in-hand and to contribute to a positive development of the research program. Personal circumstances that may be of positive relevance to evaluating the application, for example parental leave, should be mentioned in the list of qualifications (CV).
The application should be written in English and include
- Letter of motivation with a short description of your research interests, and why you feel you are a good match for the project (One page).
- CV, including a description of relevant skills and experiences, as well as a full publication list.
- Copy of degree diploma and other official transcripts.
- Names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers to 2-3 reference persons.
In the event of special circumstances leading to a career break, these should be mentioned in the CV (with dates) so that the assessment of scientific output can take these factors into account. Examples of such special circumstances include a leave of absence due to sickness, parental leave, serving on commissions of trust, military service etc.
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
Pay: Individual salary
Starting: Flexible. Please indicate approximate starting date.
Type of employment: Temporary position.
Working hours: 100 %
For further information about the position please contact
You are welcome to submit your application no later than November 10 2017, UFV-PA 2017/3620
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Placement: Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/3620
Last application date: 2017-11-10