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OPEN POSITIONS Two PhD students in biophysical chemistry

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. 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.

 

Westenhoff’s research group, where this position is placed, has the goal to uncover structural dynamics of proteins and chemical reactions. The research is placed at the interface of biology, chemistry and physics. We develop new methods based on infrared spectroscopy and time-resolved X-ray scattering to achieve this goal.

 

Job assignments

We are looking for a doctoral student within Westenhoff¨s ERC projekt ”MolStrucDyn”. The objectives of the project are to determine structural changes on femtosecond time scales in solution-state chemistry and in photosensor proteins. We plan use ultrashort X-ray pulses from free electron laser sources to reach these goals.

You are expected to be involved in all steps of the project, i.e. to prepare and to perform experiments and to analyse and to publish the data. The choice of sub-project within the ERC project is flexible and will be adjusted to the successful candidate’s interest and experiences.  

Eligibility

To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements:

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she: 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.

*Relevant for the planned third-cycle education

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).

Assessment

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

* We will give preference to candidates, which are likely to succeed exceptionally well within the project.

* Documented experience in any of the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, scientific programming, and/or physical chemistry are a merit.

* The ability to work independently on a research project are a merit.

* The ability to work effectively in a team are also a merit.

 

Employment

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

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg

First day of employment: August, or as agreed

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 doctoral studies.

University applies local agreement on salaries of graduate students.

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)

Information about the appointment procedure

For further information regarding the position

Please contact Sebastian Westenhoff, professor, westenho@chem.gu.se, 0766183936 for specific questions regarding the position.

Göran Hilmersson, Head of Department +46 (0) 31-786 9022, hilmers@chem.gu.se

Martin Billeter, Director of third cycle education, +46(0) 31-786 3925, martin.billeter@gu.se

Helena Bergkvist, Human Resources Administrator +46 (0) 31-786 9116, helena.bergkvist@gu.se

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

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.

Closing date 2017-08-16

 

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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