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PhD position in Medical biochemistry

Published: : 2017-09-28

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

Project description and duties:
The PhD student will be trained within the SSF (Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research) funded project “Host-pathogen interactions relying on short linear motifs", which is an ambitious multidisciplinary project with four national collaborators in Uppsala (Ylva Ivarsson, Per Jemth, Sara Lind and Ola Söderberg), one in England (Evangelia Petsalaki) and one in Ireland (Norman Davey). In this project we will identify new host-pathogen protein interactions and investigate with range of approaches.

The advertised position is available in Per Jemth's group at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology (IMBIM). Per Jemth leads a protein engineering and biophysics group with special focus on evolution and mechanisms of intrinsically disordered proteins. The successful candidates will work in international, multidisciplinary and dynamic groups with extensive opportunities to learn new techniques. Please see
for more information about the research.

Qualifications required: 

The successful candidate must:

  • hold a Master’s degree in biochemistry, biophysics or related areas prior to the starting date
  • be fluent in English and have excellent communication skills

Formal requirements from the funder:
The position is available for a four-year period for applicants holding a relevant master´s degree.

To be employed as a PhD student, the applicant must be accepted in the postgraduate programme. Information concerning doctoral education, requirements and rules of admission can be found here:

The PhD students are expected to be affiliated to the graduate programme in Medical Biochemistry. Other duties at the institution comprising administration and teaching may be included in the position at a maximum level of 20 %. Salary is subject to established local guidelines. The length of the study period for full time employment is a maximum of four years. Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter (Högskoleförordningen) 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's

General description:

Your key tasks as a PhD fellow are to:

  • manage and carry out your research project
  • take relevant PhD courses
  • write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • participate in national and international congresses and scientific meetings
  • teach and disseminate your research

Criteria for ranking:
We are looking for a PhD candidate with excellent track record and training in biochemical and biophysical techniques and experience of protein expression and purification. Experience of bioinformatics, complementary biochemical, biophysical or cell biological techniques would be an advantage. The project involves extensive collaboration within the international and multidisciplinary project and interpersonal skills are therefore essential. In ranking qualified applicants, scientific excellence will be considered particularly important.

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous publications
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
  • The successful applicant is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills

In filling these positions, the university aims to recruit the persons who, in a combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualifications, are judged most suitable to carry out and develop the work-in-hand and to contribute to a positive development of the research programs.

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(s) (One page).
  • CV, including a description of relevant skills and experiences, as well as a publication list if applicable.
  • Copy of degree diploma and other official transcripts.
  • Contact information to a minimum of at least two individuals, who, upon request from us can provide letters of reference to support your application. Include a short description of how these individuals are professionally related to you.

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.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Pay: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.

Starting: As soon as possible or after agreement.

Working hours: 100 %

For further information about the position and scientific aspects of the application, please contact Per Jemth,, tel. 018-471 45 57. For administrative queries, please contact HR coordinator Rehné Åkerblom,

You are welcome to submit your application no later than October 31, 2017, UFV-PA 2017/3453.

We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.

Placement: Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed pay

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Per Sundman, Saco-rådet
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/3453

Last application date: 2017-10-31

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