Doctoral student in Biophysical chemistry

Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Chemistry

Supervision: The doctoral student will be placed at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and supervised by: Christofer Lendel, Associate Professor ( www.kth.se/profile/lendel ).

Understanding how proteins form nanofibrils, also known as amyloid fibrils, is central to both medical research (e.g. Alzheimer's disease) and to the development of new bio-based materials. We study these structures from a broad perspective, focusing both on diseases and the design of new protein-based materials. The PhD project focuses on the molecular mechanisms for how different proteins form nanofibrils and how to control the properties of the nanofibrils that are formed.

The research group has close collaborations with other groups in e.g. biotechnology, polymer technology, food science and fluid mechanics. We are also part of a network for amyloid research in the Stockholm-Uppsala area and a national network for research on protein materials.

Education requirements: Master's degree in relevant field, e.g. biochemistry, physical chemistry or structural Biology.

Requirements of knowledge and experience :

  • Knowledge of the structure and chemical properties of proteins.
  • Practical experience of experimental work with proteins and/or peptides.

Merit knowledge and experience:

Experience in physicochemical analysis methods, e.g. spectroscopy, AFM, NMR, X-ray diffraction.

Experience in research on amyloid fibrils.

Requirements for personal abilities:

  • Autonomous
  • Ability to cooperate
  • Accuracy
  • Personal maturity
  • Problem-solving analytical ability

Merit Personal Abilities:

Curiosity, taking initiatives, positive attitude

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world.
  • A compulsory individual study plan to support your development in your area of interest.
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH s Doctoral student salary agreement .
  • A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europe s fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH .

Eligibility

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a degree at advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

Selection

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:

  • ability to independently pursue his or hers work,
  • ability to collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Target degree: PhD

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may there after be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Union representatives

You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH's website .

Doctoral section (Students union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

You will find contact information for doctoral section on the section's website .

Application

Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicant s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH's work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Working hours: Full time
Salary: Monthly salary according to kth's doctoral student salary agreement
City: Stockholm
Reference number: C-2019-2039
Published: 2019-11-14
Last application date: 2020-01-14


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