PhD-student position in structural biology of antibiotic resistance
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This PhD position will be 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 and cryo-EM in combination with a broad range of other techniques to understand structure-function relationships in translation and antibiotic resistance as well as in protein evolution and adaptation. Please see https://www.icm.uu.se/structural-biology/selmer-lab/ for more information about the research in the group.
This position is partly funded by the Uppsala Antibiotic Center (UAC), and the recruited PhD student will be part of UAC’s graduate research school. UAC is a center for research, education, innovation & awareness founded in 2015 to bring together, stimulate and support important research on antibiotic resistance from all three disciplinary domains at Uppsala University: Medicine and Pharmacy, Science and Technology, and Humanities and Social Sciences. The doctoral student positions and graduate school are central parts of UAC with the goal of educating a new generation of researchers with broad knowledge and willingness to contribute to combating the problem of antibiotic resistance. For more information about UAC: www.uac.uu.se
General description: A large proportion of clinically used antibiotics act on bacterial translation. Clinical resistance mechanisms include efflux pumps, mutations or modifications of the target, degradation or modification of the drug and factor-assisted protection of protein synthesis. There are few examples of factor-assisted rescue and they are mostly poorly understood. The aim of this project is to clarify the structural and mechanistic details of such mechanisms, for example FusB-mediated resistance to fusidic acid (FA). The project will include single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) as well as other methods in structural biology, biochemistry and biophysics and will involve collaboration with the group of Magnus Johansson (https://www.icm.uu.se/molecular-systems-biology/johansson-lab/).
Duties: The Ph.D. student shall primarily focus on postgraduate studies, but other duties related to teaching and administrative work may be involved, up to a maximum of 20 % of the time. Information about doctoral education, eligibility requirements and admission rules can be found at the faculty website, http://www. teknat.uu.se/utbildning/utbildning-pa-forskarniva/.
Requirements: We welcome applications from strongly motivated candidates with a master's degree in biochemistry, biophysics or biotechnology or in a related area. The applicant must have a good ability to work independently as well as in a group. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required.
Merits: Documented experience of experimental and computational methods in single-particle cryo-EM will be considered as strong merits. Experience of protein expression and purification and additional experimental methods in structural biology and biophysics will be considered as strengths.
The application: Your application must include:
A cover letter where you describe yourself, your research interest, your experiences and why you are interested in the position (max. 2 pages). A CV containing your education, list of publications and other qualifications, and copies of diplomas. A full-text version of your master thesis. Please provide contact information to two reference persons, e.g. prior research supervisors.
Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.
Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: September 1st or as otherwise agreed.
Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.
Scope of employment: 100 %
Please submit your application by June 4th 2021, UFV-PA 2021/1722.
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Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/1722
Last application date: 2021-06-04
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