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PhD student in Biomedical photonics -focusing on advanced laser scanning microscopy for biomedical applications

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 years
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg
First day of employment: January 16th 2017 or as agreed
Reference number: UR 2016/980

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 biomedical photonics research group is focusing on the application of advanced laser scanning optical microscopy and nanophotonics for biomedical applications. Of particular interest are development of techniques based on multiphoton microscopy for studies related to experimental skin research, cancer treatment and fighting anti-microbial resistance. Research is performed primarily at an experimental stage to create fundamental understanding of processes involved, but the intention and vision is driven by a translational aspect. The research is linked to the research activities of Centre for Skin Research, SkinResQU, and the EU-funded Marie Curie research project Cyclon-HIT.
More details on our research can be found at:

Job assignments

The specific task of the PhD student will be to play an active role in an interdisciplinary research environment focusing on the development of laser scanning optical microscopy for biomedical applications. The primary duty is experimental work with optical equipment and laser systems, and includes managing both commercial and experimental microscopy systems. The PhD student will be responsible for development and implementation of new technology, involving optical set up, programming, and data analysis. In addition, the fellow will take part in preparation and handling biological samples such as cell culturing and tissue preparation. The PhD student is expected to take an active role in writing and compiling research data in scientific publications, and contribute to the teaching at the Department.


The qualifications for education on a doctoral level are: degree in advanced level, at least 240 university points, of which 60 are on an advanced level, or in an other way acquired similar knowledge.

Desired qualification of the applicant is a degree in physics / chemistry / biophysics or similar. Experience of laser scanning microscopy, experimental optical equipment, data analysis using Matlab, and biological tissue handling are meriting. The applicant should have a documented interest in interdisciplinary research in the interface between physics / chemistry and medical /pharmaceutical applications.


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

The assessment of the applicants will be made in respect to the ability to assimilate the doctoral education.

Related information

For further information please contact

Göran Hilmersson, Head of Department
+46 31 786 9022

Marica Ericson, Associate professor
+46 31 786 9030


Labour union

+46 31 786 1173

SACO: Klas Eriksson
+46 31 786 5793

OFR/S: Anna Nilsson
+46 31 786 4300

Closing date


Appointment Procedure

Please apply online

The application shall include:
- 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)

Complementary documents, such as publications/books should be sent to the following address:

Departmenf of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Gothenburg
Helena Bergkvist
Box 462
405 30 Göteborg

Reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents.

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

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

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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