Lund University, Faculty of engineering, Department of Chemistry

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

We are a research group that characterizes and modifies hemoglobins from a variety of organisms. We are looking for a doctoral student with focus on protein technology for identifying and processing hemoglobins from plants.

Work duties
Identification, purification and characterization of hemoglobins from plants. In the production of these proteins, modern methods such as fermenter cultivation and complex chromatographic methods will be used. Characterization of the three-dimensional structures will be done using X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic spectroscopy (NMR). Studies of the ability of hemoglobin to bind and transport oxygen will be evaluated in different organisms. Responsibilities assigned within the division as responsibilities for certain instruments may be included.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Admission requirements
A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if the applicant:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Pure and Applied Biochemistry if the applicant has:

  • at least 30 credits in the subject, of which at least 15 credits from the second cycle and a specialised project of at least 15 second-cycle credits in the subject, or
  • an MSc in Engineering, other Master’s degree or a comparable degree that included basic or applied bioscience
     

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Extended experience of working with protein production by genetic construction of expression vectors.
  • Experience in cultivation of microorganisms and purification of proteins by chromatography (both practical and theoretical).
  • Very good knowledge of heme-containing proteins (both practical and theoretical).

Assessment criteria
Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.
  2. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  3. Written and oral communication skills
  4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.
     

Other assessment criteria:

  • Knowledge and practical experience in protein engineering and protein crystallography is a merit.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

Terms of employment
Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2020/329
Contact
  • Leif Bülow, +46462229594
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 04.Feb.2020
Last application date 24.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET

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