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PhD Scholarship in Analytical Chemistry at Uppsala University

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in analytical chemistry at Uppsala University. The deadline for applying is January 17, 2020.

The focus in the research group is design, development, and application of localized liquid extraction from biological surfaces for detection and molecular characterization of small molecules, such as lipids and metabolites, and two-dimensional mapping of these using mass spectrometry (http://www.kemi.uu.se/research/analytical-chemistry+/lanekoff-group/ ). The research project includes designing and developing methods for characterization and localization of small molecules in biological samples, such as tissue and cells, with capillary electrophoresis coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry. As a PhD student in the group you will work experimentally, be involved in designing physical modules, handle biological samples, perform analyses with capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry. In addition, the successful candidate will structurally characterize small molecules, develop and use methods for data analysis, and write scientific reports. The overall aim is to develop further the newly published method for surface sampling capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry as a part of a larger project.

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.

Qualifications

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. Special eligibility to third-cycle (PhD) studies in Analytical Chemistry requires that the graduate has passed courses in chemistry, or courses in areas relevant to analytical chemistry, of at least 90 credits or that he/she has acquired equivalent knowledge abroad.

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 analytical 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. This project requires that you are able to work independently, but that you also have excellent collaborative skills as the project will include scientific collaborations. Good language skills in English are required 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.

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. 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, is 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 on-site visits or by electronic means.


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