Postdoc in Structural Biology
Sort on published: 2017-12-07
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.
The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology is one of the most international, broad and distinguished biomolecular departments in Europe. Research interests range all the way from genetics to the biophysics of single molecules.
The advertised position is available in the group of Professor Maria Selmer in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Maria Selmer leads a structural biology group using X-ray crystallography in combination with a broad range of other techniques to understand structure-function relationships in protein evolution and adaptation as well as in in translation and antibiotic resistance.
The postdoc will work within the multidisciplinary project “Evolution of new genes and proteins”, financed by the Wallenberg foundation, with the aim to understand how structure and function are intertwined in the evolution of new proteins. The project is a collaboration between the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology at Uppsala University, and the researcher will within this project work on proteins from bacteria and fish, and collaborate with biophysicists, geneticists, bioinformaticians and computational biochemists. See https://www.wallenberg.com/kaw/projekt-soker-svar-pa-hur-nya-gener-uppstar-ur-intet for a short description in Swedish.
- A PhD in structural biology, biochemistry, biophysics or a related area. To be eligible for a position as postdoctoral researcher the applicant’s Ph.D. degree must have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application date; however, for example periods of sick leave or parental leave are deducted from the three-year period.
- Documented experience of molecular biology and protein expression and purification
- Documented experience of macromolecular crystallography
- Demonstrated scientific excellence; evidenced by publication track record as well as track record of presenting at national and international meetings.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
- Good interpersonal skills
Additional qualifications desired
- Experience of complementary techniques in structural biology, biophysics and biochemistry.
- Experience of different protein expression systems or protein purification from native sources.
Job description: We are looking for a person with excellent track record and motivation to identify and solve scientific problems. The postdoc will work on projects aiming to understand how structure and function are intertwined in the evolution of new proteins and in the adaptation of proteins to new conditions. This will involve protein production, protein characterization with biophysical and biochemical techniques, structural studies with crystallography and possibly other techniques. The successful candidate will work in international, multidisciplinary and dynamic environment with extensive opportunities to learn new techniques. Please see http://xray.bmc.uu.se/~selmer/ for more information about the research in the group.
Criteria for ranking: In ranking qualified applicants, scientific excellence will be considered particularly important. In filling this position, the university aims to recruit the person who, in a combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualifications, is judged most suitable to carry out and develop the work-in-hand and to contribute to a positive development of the research program. Personal circumstances that may be of positive relevance to evaluating the application, for example parental leave, should be mentioned in the list of qualifications (CV).
The application should be written in English and include:
- Letter of motivation with a short description of your research interests, and why you feel you are a good match for the project (One page).
- CV, including a description of relevant skills and experiences, as well as a full publication list.
- Copy of degree diploma and other official transcripts.
- Names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers to 2-3 reference persons.
In the event of special circumstances leading to a career break, these should be mentioned in the CV (with dates) so that the assessment of scientific output can take these factors into account. Examples of such special circumstances include a leave of absence due to sickness, parental leave, serving on commissions of trust, military service etc.
Starting date: as soon as possible. Please indicate approximate starting date.
For further information about the position and scientific aspects of the application, please contact Maria Selmer,firstname.lastname@example.org phone +46 (0)18 471 4177. For administrative queries, please contact HR-administrator Frida Nilsson email@example.com and for Departmental questions, the Department David van der Spoel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit your application no later than January 20, 2018. UFV-PA 2017/4456
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/4456
Last application date: 2018-01-20
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