PhD Scholarship in Protein Design at Lund University

Lund University is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a PhD position in environmental sciences. The funds for this position are available for four years. The deadline for applying is October 10, 2018.

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malm. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

A doctoral position is announced in a project funded by European Research Council (ERC) targeted at development of new computational and experimental methods for de novo design homomeric protein assemblies. The doctoral student will develop experimental methods for directed evolution of protein assemblies and participate in the design of proteins using computational design calculations. The experimental part of the project will involve construction of DNA libraries and protein constructs using current methods in synthetic biology as well as biophysical characterization of proteins.
- The applicants should have a master degree (or equivalent) in biochemistry, biotechnology, biophysical chemistry or other relevant fields.
- Should have a strong background in structural biology
- Should have experience with biophysical characterization of proteins
- Statistics and math course at University level
- The candidate must be fluent in English (written and spoken).
- Should be able to interact smoothly and efficiently with the other members of the team with different scientific backgrounds.

Specific experience with one or more of the following represents an advantage:


Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7.


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