PhD position in Biochemistry
Sort on published: 2018-07-06
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The department of Chemistry – BMC is located within Uppsala University Biomedical Center. We conduct teaching and outstanding research in areas of Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. Research education is given within these subjects. We have interfaces towards pre-clinical biomedicine and the clinic, pharmacy, physics and materials science. The department has approximately 140 employees, and of them around 40 PhD students and 10 Professors.
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We are looking for a graduate student in Chemistry with specialization in Biochemistry
Description of project:
The project is part of a larger EU-funded project for structure determination of macromolecular complexes using X-ray free-electron lasers and mass spectrometric techniques. The overarching goal is to charter the assembly processes of virus particles. For the determination of experiment parameters, design of prototype instruments, and interpretation of data, there is a need for extensive computer modelling and theory, which will take place at Uppsala University in collaboration with out project partners. The graduate studentship will concern the development and application of such modelling and theory, under the supervision of Erik Marklund (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Department of Chemistry – BMC, and Carl Caleman (email@example.com) at the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The PhD position is for four years, extendable to a maximum of five years by including department duties at a level of at most 20%, typically teaching. The time for employment can be prolonged if special reasons exist.
Nature of duties
As a PhD student in our team you will perform graduate studies within the subject and is expected to carry out advanced research in biochemistry and to broaden your perspective and knowledge of biochemistry by taking relevant graduate courses.
Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and regulations
PhD students with employment in our department are normally expected to teach and participate in general departmental work, such as instrument maintenance, to a level corresponding to a maximum of 20% of the employment time.
You can read more about how it is to be a post graduate student with us here.
To qualify for a PhD position, you must have at least 240 credits (hp), or an equivalent basic university education, with at least 60 credits at the advanced level and with at least 90 credits in chemistry relevant subjects. For a PhD education in biochemistry the requirements are at least 45 credits in biochemistry, of which 15 credits should be thesis work.
It is desired that you have a science Master´s degree in biochemistry, or similar experience. Strong knowledge in computational chemistry/physics/biology is considered a merit.
To be employed as a PhD student, you must be accepted in the postgraduate program. Information concerning doctoral education, requirements and rules of admission can be found here and the study plan for postgraduate studies in biochemistry chemistry can be found here
We place great emphasis on your personal qualifications. You need to have a strong motivation for the research project and to be able to contribute with creative ideas. The project includes extensive computer modelling of biophysical processes, thus it is desirable that you have an interest in computer-based work. This project moreover requires that you are able to work independently, but that you also have excellent collaborative skills as the project will occasionally require that you are able to collaborate with scientists from other universities. You also need good language skills in English in order to be able to interact, write and publish internationally. Levels corresponding to IELTS: overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5; TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575, internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90; Cambridge: CAE, CPE are acceptable.
Uppsala University finds that gender balance and diversity bring a higher quality to the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender, with different birth backgrounds and life experiences.
Criteria for ranking
The ranking of applicants will be based on undergraduate grades, on the undergraduate education profile and on any additional experience of research in areas of relevance for the research project. Such additional experience should be documented and included in your application, e.g. through articles published in international peer-reviewed journals or by employment at companies or other institutions active in the field of research. High emphasis will also be put on personal qualifications required for the project.
In filling this position, we aim to recruit the person who, in a combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualifications, are judged most suitable to carry out and develop the project-in-hand and to contribute to a positive development of the department of chemistry. Interviews will be performed with the top candidates through visits to us or by electronic means.
Your application must include a personal letter with a short description of yourself and the reasons why you are interested in the position. You must also include a CV, authorized copies of degrees and diplomas, copies of your bachelor or master thesis and other documents, such as publications, that you want to provide. Names and contact details of at least two scientists that have offered to act as references for you must also be included, with a clear indication of their relationship to you.
Starting: 2018-10-01, or as otherwise agreed.
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Salary Fixed pay
For further information about the position please contact Erik Marklund (firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 18 471 4562).
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2018-08-26, UFV-PA 2016/2731.
Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.
Placement: Department of Chemistry - BMC
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/2731
Last application date: 2018-08-26