Doctoral student in Biochemistry
Sort on published: 2017-12-19
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The department of Chemistry – BMC is located within the Biomedical Center in Uppsala. We conduct teaching and outstanding research in areas of Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. Research education is given within all these subjects. We have interfaces towards pre-clinical biomedicine and the clinic, pharmacy, physics and materials science. The department has approximately 140 employees, and of them around 40 PhD students and 10 Professors.
The research program in biochemistry covers basic and applied research that spans a wide area, including enzymology, molecular cell biology, biophysics, structural biology, bioorganic synthesis and computer-based modeling. Many projects are run in collaboration with international research groups and in close cooperation with industry.
You can find more information about us here.
We are looking for a graduate student in Biochemistry
Description of project
The doctoral candidate will conduct research in one or more projects focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the structural and functional properties of enzymes, as well as how they interact with other molecules in a biological context. The enzymes of particular interest are either involved in metabolic processes involving pyrimidine degradation or regulation of genetic expression via epigenetic processes at the protein level. In both cases, their role in the development of various diseases, especially cancer, and the way they can be used as drug targets, will be in focus. The research will involve recombinant production and purification of enzymes, structural and functional characterization of their properties, and how they interact and are influenced by interactions with other molecules. The doctoral student is expected to gain a broad foundation in biochemical methods as well as excellence in enzymology, X-ray crystallography and biophysical methods for characterizing interaction kinetics.
The PhD position is for four years, extendable to a maximum of five years by including department duties at a level of at most 20%, typically teaching. The time for employment can be prolonged if special reasons exist.
Nature of duties
As a PhD student in our team you will perform graduate studies within the subject and is expected to carry out advanced research in biochemistry and to broaden your perspective and knowledge of biochemistry by taking relevant graduate courses.
Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and regulations.
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. As first-year undergraduate courses are taught in Swedish, proficiency in Swedish will be considered an advantage.
To qualify for a PhD position, you must have at least 240 credits (hp), or an equivalent basic university education. To be qualified for an education in biochemistry on a research level, you must also have passed courses in biochemistry, or courses in subjects relevant for biochemistry of at least 120 credits or equivalent. These should include at least 90 credits in chemistry, of which at least are 45 credits in biochemistry, of which 15 credits are a degree project in biochemistry.
It is desired that you have a science Master´s degree in biochemistry or molecular biology, or similar experience. In-depth knowledge in biochemistry is required.
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 biochemistry can be found here (only in Swedish).
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 occasionally require that you are able to collaborate with scientists from other universities. You also need good language skills in English in order to be able 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.
Uppsala University finds that gender balance and diversity brings a higher quality to the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender, with different birth backgrounds and life experiences.
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. High 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, are judged 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 visits to us or by electronic means.
Your application must include a personal letter with a short description of yourself and the reasons why you are interested in the position. You must also include a CV, authorized copies of degrees and diplomas, copies of your bachelor or master thesis and other documents, such as publications, that you want to provide. Names and contact details of at least two scientists that have offered to act as references for you must also be included, with a clear indication of their relationship to you.
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting date: 2018-03-01 or otherwise agreed, temporary position
Type of position: Full time position.
For further information about the position please contact
Helena Danielson (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org + 184714545)
Doreen Dobritzsch (e-mail: email@example.com + 184714988)
Please submit your application by 2018-01-08, UFV-PA 2017/4880.
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Placement: Department of Chemistry - BMC
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/4880
Last application date: 2018-01-08