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University of Gothenburg

Postdoctoral fellowship in time-resolved femtosecond infrared spectroscopy

The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg, offers a postdoctoral fellowship in time-resolved femtosecond infrared spectroscopy. Application deadline: 2020-10-30.

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with interest and experience in time-resolved femtosecond infrared spectroscopy.

We are a rapidly growing and highly productive research team, focused on studying biomolecular structure and dynamics with novel spectroscopic techniques. Our laser systems are designed to accommodate a multitude of methods, which span the timescales from femto- to milliseconds, and wavelengths from 266nm up to mid-infrared. We have a fully operating pulse-shaper assisted 2D-IR system that can be applied to both equilibrium and non-equilibrium studies. 

We are particularly interested in developing new transient IR techniques for studying excited state dynamics of photoactive proteins, but are also working on a number of other exciting projects. Besides the spectroscopy done in our lab, we actively participate in XFEL experiments on time-resolved X-ray crystallography. 

During the postdoctoral training you will lead the project and be responsible for all parts of it, which include experimental design, sample design and preparation, data acquisition, and analysis. We encourage that you gain experience in co-supervision of Ph.D. students and M.Sc. thesis students and you may also attend international conferences and meetings. You will be directly supervised by Dr Michal Maj, and in close collaboration with Prof. Sebastian Westenhoff. You will become a part of the highly dynamic environment at the Division of Biochemistry and Structural Biology at the University of Gothenburg.

Dnr /Reference

GU 2020/2565

Scholarship period

The scholarship covers a period of 6 months with possibility of 18 months prolongation, up to a maximum of 24 months in total.

Preliminary start date: 2020-11-01

Supervisor/contact person

Michal Maj, 0046 (0)73 769 5530, and Sebastian Westenhoff, 0046 (0)31 786 3936, (


  • To be eligible for this post-doc scholarship, the recipient must hold a PhD degree within a relevant field, such as physical chemistry, biophysics or equivalent. The applicant must not have been employed at the University of Gothenburg in the past two years.
  • Hands-on experience in two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy is an advantage, but a publication record that demonstrates productivity, scientific drive, and self-motivation is most important. 
  • Priority will be given to applicants with the proven ability to work independently.
  • The ability to communicate in English, in oral as well as in writing, is important.  


Written application, including reference number, is to be sent via e-mail to the supervisor and must include the following:

  • CV
  • Personal letter stating the reasons why the study suits the applicant (maximum one page)
  • List of publications
  • References (minimum of 2) 

Application deadline: 2020/10/30

Information regarding scholarships

  • Scholarships do not give rise to sickness benefits, compensation from the Social Insurance Office Agency or retirement pension.
  • The scholarship sum is paid out at two occasions
  • Scholarships are tax-exempt
  • A scholarship holder cannot be employed after the scholarship period due to tax reasons.