PhD Scholarship in Biophysics at University of Gothenburg

Outstanding international students are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in medicinal chemistry at University of Gothenburg. The funds for this position are available for 5 years. Potential candidates should apply before March 01, 2019.

Research and graduate education at the department of chemistry and molecular biology comprises a wide scientific field from the atomic and molecular levels all the way through cells to intact organisms. Much of the phenomena studied here impact on our natural environment and living systems. We participate in undergraduate programs in chemistry, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, biology, marine sciences, and pharmacy.

A third cycle education at our department will lead to a Ph.D. in Natural sciences, or Natural sciences with a specialisation in Chemistry, Biology or Biophysics. Ph.D. studies comprises four years at the post graduate level. The time period can be extended to 5 years in total through teaching and/or other departmental duties.

The successful candidate will be part of the research group of Professor Richard Neutze and will work in close collaboration with that of Dr. Gisela Brndn. In our groups we use a range of biochemical and biophysical methods to study the structure, function and dynamics of membrane proteins. A special focus is on new methods within structural biology that utilize X-rays from synchrotrons and XFELs to track structural changes in proteins as they work.

The PhD project will focus on molecular dynamics simulations of the enzyme cytochrome oxidase in support of time-resolved X-ray diffraction and scattering studies. Cytochrome c oxidase is a membrane protein within the energy converting machinery of the cell. A second aspect of the project will be to work with data analysis and image processing in connection with X-ray imaging studies of living cells. Experimental work will take place at large X-ray user facilities around the world. The successful candidate will work closely with other members of the research group and will be involved in interactions with national and international partners.

1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, 2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or 3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies, applicants must: (i) have a second-cycle (advanced-level) degree in a relevant* subject area in the natural sciences, or (ii) have completed studies for at least 60 higher education credits at a second-cycle level in relevant subject areas in the natural sciences, or (iii) have completed a corresponding programme of relevance to the planned third-cycle programme, in Sweden or in another country, or have equivalent qualifications. The specific entry requirements also include an acceptable command of spoken and written English. Guidelines for assessing English proficiency may include a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL test (or 213 on the TOEFL-CBT, or 79 on the TOEFL-iBT).

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.

The successful candidate is expected to be at ease collaborating with other scientists within a larger team, and to possess high quality communication skills. In addition, it is of great importance that the applicant is independent, shows enthusiasm for research, has a willingness to learn new skills, and is fluent in English (orally and in writing). Experience in molecular dynamics simulations or image processing is a merit.

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, Four years full time

Extent: 100 % Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg First day of employment: as agreed upon Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.

A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The Appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time time doctoral studies.

Cover letter with an explanation of why you apply for the position

CV including scientific publications Copy of exam certificate Two referees (name, telephone no, relation) For specific questions please contact Richard Neutze 031786 3974

Questions regarding the third-cycle education: Martin Billeter, Director of third cycle education, +46(0) 31-786 3925, Questions regarding the employment: Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Deadline: March 01, 2019
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