Lunds universitet, LTH, Department of Chemistry

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 45 000 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.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Description of the workplace

The position of a research assistant is placed at the Department of Chemistry, Division of Biotechnology. The Division conducts research and education at undergraduate and graduate level in various areas of biotechnology such as industrial biotechnology, environmental biotechnology, and biotechnology for health. The research includes studies of a fundamental nature as well as pure biotechnological applications. Within industrial biotechnology, the Division conducts several multidisciplinary projects in collaboration with other research and industrial partners, which involve the development and optimization of microorganisms and enzymes as well as processes for the transformation of renewable raw materials into chemical building blocks for sustainable chemicals and plastics adapted said to circular economy.

Work duties

As a research assistant, your tasks can vary and the tasks should give an insight into the academic world at the faculty where you are studying. The employment as a teaching assistant concerns participation in research projects STEPS and UPLIFT and involves the development of a microbial process for the synthesis and purification of bio-based plastic monomer.

Work duties involve: 

  • laboratory work on gene cloning and expression, bacterial cultivation and bioprocess optimization for production of biobased plastic monomers, product separation and purification, analysis of products, data analysis, upscaling, preparation of samples for evaluation, compiling all the results in a report and making oral presentations in the research group and for collaborating partners in the projects.

Qualification requirements

Only those admitted to first or second-cycle courses and study programmes at the faculty may be employed as teaching assistants. The degree must not have been taken.

Required qualifications:

  • admitted to master program in biotechnology or an equivalent relevant discipline
  • very good oral and written proficiency in English  
  • studied courses in bioprocess technology, enzyme technology, downstream processing in biotechnology, gene technology and bioinformatics
  • Laboratory experience in microbiology, bacterial cultivation in shake flask and bioreactor, gene cloning and expression, spectrophotometric and chromatographic analyses

Additional requirements: 

  • Consideration will be given to good cooperation ability, drive and independence, and how the applicant through his/her experience and competence is judged to have the ability needed for the research project
  • Very good communication ability via oral presentations and written reports

We offer

Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. With an employment as a teaching assistant you can combine studies with work and complement your theoretical knowledge with practical work experience. Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee at Work at Lund University

Further information

The position is a fixed term position for the period 20230915 - 20240514 at 50 percent of full time. The employment as a Teaching Assistant is regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 2017:284), 5 chapter 8-12 §§. This teaching assistant is covered by the flexitime agreement.

How to apply

Applications are to be submitted via the University’s recruitment system. The application should include a CV and a personal letter justifying your interest in the position and how it matches your qualifications. We ask you to attach documentation from LADOK certifying your eligibility. The application should also include any other documents to which you would like to draw attention (copies of grade transcripts, details of referees, letters of recommendation, etc.)

Welcome to apply!

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Part-time
First day of employment 2023-09-15 or as agreed
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 50%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/2623
  • Rajni Hatti-Kaul, +46462224840
  • Matilda Sjölin Grech, +46462220000
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 17.Aug.2023
Last application date 31.Aug.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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