PhD Position in University of Gothenburg Sweden

Ph.D. Position in natural sciences at Uni of Gothenburg, Sweden 2022


Ph.D. Position in Time-resolved serial crystallography to study heme containing enzymes is available for master’s degree candidates in natural science, biochemistry, biophysics at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Gothenburg, Sweden


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Qualification Details

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 programs 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 program of relevance to the planned third-cycle program, 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 criteria 

The candidate is expected to collaborate well with other scientists within a larger team and have high quality communication skills. It is of great importance that the applicant can work independently, has the willingness to learn new skills and is fluent in English, both in speech and in writing. Experience in biochemical and biophysical methods is a merit, as well as previous experience in X-ray crystallography.

In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented qualifications for:

- specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related research fields
- experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology
- scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD student will be part of a project financed by the Swedish Research Council where the goal is to use the method serial crystallography for time-resolved structural studies of enzymes at work. The candidate will use biochemical methods to express and purify proteins. The main focus will be on protein crystallization, characterization of methods to trigger enzymatic reactions within the protein in a crystalline phase, and analysis of X-ray diffraction data. The PhD student will also be involved in the design of new experimental set ups for X-ray diffraction data collection at synchrotron facilities.

Education at third-cycle level comprises four years of full-time study, and leads to a doctoral degree.

As part of your employment as a doctoral student, you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: PAR 2022/566

Application Procedure

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.

You must include the following, in PDF format

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
  • Proof of completion of  English 6 course or the acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies
  • Two references (name, e-mail, telephone number, relation)

If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that can verify the degree at our request.

About the Department/Section/Group

Research and graduate education at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology comprises a wide scientific breadth from the atomic and molecular level all the way through to cells and intact organisms. Many of the phenomena we study impact on our natural environment and living systems. We participate in undergraduate programs in chemistry, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, biology, marine sciences, and pharmacy. The successful applicant will be part of the research group of Gisela Brändén at the University of Gothenburg. In the research group, we use innovative biochemical and biophysical methods to study the structure, dynamics and function of proteins. We drive methods development within serial crystallography, both for time-resolved studies of proteins at work, and for future use within pharmaceutical drug design. More information about the research group can be found at

The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology now seeks applicants for a PhD position focusing on time-resolved structural studies of cytochrome P450 enzymes and the membrane protein cytochrome c oxidase using serial crystallography. This position will involve close collaboration with MAX IV Laboratory in Lund.

General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university's doctoral student pages.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

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

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg

First day of employment: As soon as possible based on agreement

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1993:100.

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.


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Information for International Applicants

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The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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Contact details

Gisela Brändén, Associate Professor, [email protected]

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