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PhD studentship in molecular biophysics – Gothenburg, Sweden 2022

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PhD studentship in molecular 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: -
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Katona group
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, ,

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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).


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:

  • Qualifications from basic education
  • Qualifications of the master's program, which rely on special competence
  • The relevance of previous studies to the proposed research education
  • Assessment of the candidate's ability to absorb postgraduate training
  • Where appropriate, assessment of the candidate's ability to work within a research group

Responsibilities/Job Description

The candidate will study the THz dynamics of proteins and explore long range interaction between proteins. He/she will examine how coherent protein vibrations are created in proteins and in their complexes and if they are responsible for altered function or structure. The knowledge gained may be used to understand how enzymes work.The candidate will primarily use X-ray diffraction techniques to determine the structure of the protein and appropriate biochemical assays to evaluate the activity of proteins. The candidate will actively pursue the development of software tools involved in data analysis and machine learning.

Through this position the successful candidate will be trained in the state-of-the-art methods of protein biophysics, spectroscopy and structural biology and will contribute towards the broader goals of the group.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: PAR 2021/1541
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

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 is from a university outside of Sweden, check what you need to submit at where you can also see what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English language requirement.

About the Department

The department is responsible for postgraduate education in the subject area Natural Sciences with a focus on chemistry, biophysics, biology and educational science. In addition, the department hosts educational programs in molecular biology, genomics and systems biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry, as well as prescription education. The department collaborates with various societal actors such as schools, business and authorities. The Department of Chemistry and MoleculaThe Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology conducts high-quality research and education in chemical sciences and molecular life sciences. Our research and education focuses on a deep understanding of chemical and biological processes in cells and in the environment.We address important societal issues such as antibiotic resistance, cancer, brain diseases, environmental problems and climate change. In this way, we contribute to achieving the UN's global goals for sustainable development in the areas of good health and well-being, sustainable energy for all, sustainable cities and communities, and combating climate change.The department is an international environment with interdisciplinary collaborations in both research and education, and contributes strongly to the University of Gothenburg's top ranking in life science.r Biology has around 200 employees. We are located in central premises both on Campus Johanneberg and on Campus Medicinareberget in Gothenburg.

The Katona group studies the fastest atomic motions in proteins with time resolved X-ray crystallographic and terahertz spectroscopic techniques. They employ machine learning techniques in addition to conventional statistical analysis to detect and quantify concerted atomic motions.This research aims to explain the physical mechanism behind the formation of biological structures and the action of biological macromolecules. The formation and maintenance of biological structures and operation of these molecular machines occurs through the combination of about a trillion step per second, therefore the direction and magnitude of these steps are very important to understand.The research is performed at large scale facilities such as the MaxIV synchrotron and ELI Beamlines. The Katona group collaborates with research groups from Montpellier, Marseilles and Frankfurt in the frame of a Horizon 2020 Future and Emerging Technologies Open project (LINkS) aimed to utilize terahertz electrodynamics to study long range interaction between proteins.

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Note or Other details

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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Contact details

For further information regarding the position

Prof. Gergely Katona, 0709-123309,

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