An appointment as a PhD student in subject Chemistry is vacant at the Department of Molecular Sciences, SLU, Uppsala. The Department involves approximately 110 employees and together with two other departments forms an inspiring research environment at the BioCentrum at the Ultuna campus in Uppsala. Here you will find expertise in plant biology, mycology, plant pathology, microbiology, food science, calculation-based genetics, chemistry and biotechnology and competitive infrastructure such as plant-growing facilities, advanced microscopy and molecular biology, x-ray and NMR. The department conducts research, teaching and environmental monitoring in the field of inorganic, physical and organic chemistry, biochemistry, natural product chemistry, food science and microbiology. Visit us at https://www.slu.se/en/departments/molecular-sciences/
Molecular mechanisms in protein interactions with mineral nanoparticles
Nanoparticles of metal oxides were recently demonstrated to specifically bind blood and other proteins and modify immune reactions in tissues, permitting to use them for improved wound healing and transplantation surgery. The purpose of the project is to gain insight into how metal oxide nanoparticles are obtaining the so-called protein corona in interaction with body fluids and functional proteins and peptides. It will involve both protein separation and purification, and inorganic synthesis of model oxide nanoparticles and polyoxometallate species, crystallization of the complexes of functional peptides and proteins, and also their characterization by a variety of techniques such as electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction and NMR, and verification of their functional characteristics. The project will be carried out in an inspiring international environment and will involve active participation in international project meetings. One or several short research exchanges with a partner university in USA are foreseen. The PhD project constitutes a part of a research program supported by the Swedish Research Council and Fulbright Foundation (USA).
Qualifications:An eligible candidate should hold an MSc degree or equivalent in a subject relevant for the position, e.g. within: chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology or materials science or related subjects. The student should have a strong interest for and general expertise in biochemistry/molecular biology and in the synthesis and characterization of materials. Experience in spectroscopic characterization techniques and protein separation are of merit. Strong communication skills orally and in writing in English are required. Personal qualities such as the ability to collaborate, solve problems and work independently are of high importance.
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Forms for funding or employment:Employment (2 or 4 years) // Other form of funding
Starting date:During the autumn 2019
Application:We welcome your application no later than 2019-09-05, use the button below.
A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.
Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dessertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.
Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photography.
Read about the PhD education at SLU at www.slu.se/en/education/postgraduate-studies/
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Vadim Kessler, Professor