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PhD Scholarship in Organic Chemistry/structural Biology

University of Gothenburg is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening PhD position in medicinal chemistry. The initial contract for this position is 5 years. Applications are invited up to December 31, 2018.

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 Dr Carl Johan Wallentin and work in close collaboration with Prof. Richard Neutze and Dr Gisela Brndn. Within the constellation of participating research groups a range of synthetic, biochemical and biophysical methods to study the structure, function and dynamics of membrane proteins. A special focus is on the development of new organic compounds and their effect on protein structure. Primarily, we utilize new methods within structural biology that rely on X-rays from synchrotrons and XFELs to track structural changes in proteins as they work. More information about the research group is found at

The PhD project will focus on the enzyme cytochrome oxidase that is part of the energy converting machinery of the cell. The candidate will develop new methods for the synthesis of organic compounds that upon external stimuli can initiate structural changes within proteins. The candidate will also conduct advanced structural biology experiments at X-ray facilities around the world. The experimental work as well as data processing will take place in close collaboration with other members of the research constellation and involve 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 from synthetic organic chemistry is meriting.

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) Fr specifika frgor kontakta Carl Johan Wallentin, carl.wallentin@chem.gu.se

Questions regarding the third-cycle education: Martin Billeter, Director of third cycle education, +46(0) 31-786 3925, martin.billeter@gu.se Questions regarding the employment: hr@cmb.gu.se Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

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.

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.


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