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Description of the workplace 

At the research group for Virus Biophysics, research is conducted in physical virology and structural virology with a focus on human herpesviruses. Special focus is on physical mechanisms that control the ejection of viral genome into the host cell during the viral division process. We also study how viral capsids are assembled inside the cell, how the cell's mechanical properties respond to an infection, and which processes lead to the reactivation of the herpesvirus from a latent (dormant) state. In addition, we are developing novel antiviral drugs that target biophysical processes in the viral life cycle. We discovered groundbreaking antiviral mechanisms of action that do not lead to development of resistance in the infected cell. This project benefits from newly built infrastructure in Lund – MAX IV, which is the world’s brightest X-ray synchrotron, and soon to be completed European Spallation Source (ESS) for neutron scattering studies.  

We are now seeking an Associate Researcher in virus biophysics in small angle x-ray and / or small angle neutron scattering (SAXS / SANS). The position is 100% full-time 6 month fixed term employment.  The desired start date is August 15th  2023 or by agreement.

We offer 

Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme.

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Work duties and responsibilities 

As a associate researcher you will be responsible for the structural virology project in the research group. Your responsibilities mainly include SAXS and/or SANS measurements, data collection and analysis, beamline applications as well as virus and cell preparation. Other tasks within the research group may also be relevant, such as imaging analysis using fluorescence microscopy and atomic force microscopy.

You will also be required to participate in conferences, business trips and student training and supervision.


  • PhD in physics / chemistry / biophysics / structure biology / cell biology / virology
  • experience in X-ray and / or neutron scattering analysis
  • experience in SANS/SAXS modeling of experimental systems
  • knowledge and research experience in cell biology / virology

Grate emphasis will be placed on personal qualities. For this position you have to be 

flexible and have team working skills, good communication skills and critical thinking ability.

Additional qualifications for the position are:
Other merits include:

  • research experience at a synchrotron facility
  • research in virology
  • Postdoctoral level experience in virus biophysics research area 

Further information

The position is a fixed term position for 6 months 100%  of full time and starting in 08 2023 or by agreement

How to apply

Applications are to be submitted via the University’s recruitment system. The application should include a personal letter justifying your interest in the position and how it matches your qualifications. The application should also include a CV, degree certificates or equivalent and any other document to which you would like to draw attention (copies of grade transcripts, details of referees, letters of recommendation, etc. )

Type of employment Special fixed-term employment
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-08-15 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/1618
  • Alex Evilevitch, Research group leader, +46462223291
  • Sofia Sönnerstedt, HR coordinator , +46462229876
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
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Published 15.May.2023
Last application date 29.May.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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