PhD Position in Biophysics

University of Gothenburg Department of Physics

PhD Student in Biophysics (with focus on single-molecule imaging)

Ref PAR 2022/173

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The Department of Physics at the University of Gothenburg is located in the center of Gothenburg, with approximately 100 employees. The communication routes are good both nationally and internationally. The research focuses within the fields of Atom- and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Spintronics, and Complex Systems and Biophysics and is performed in an international environment with extensive national and international collaborations. The education programs at the Department include Bachelor- and Master programs in Physics, physics teacher-training programs, as well as outreach courses in Physics aimed for the general public. Gothenburg Physics Centre is a close collaboration with three other departments within the Faculty of Science and Chalmers University of Technology, which creates an innovative environment for all researchers and students at the department.

For further information about the Department of Physics, please visit our website at www.physics.gu.se/english. More information about Gothenburg Physics Centre can be found at www.chalmers.se/en/centres/gpc/Pages/default.aspx.

Information about the research group:

The research will be carried out at the Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg, in the biophysics group led by Sviatlana Shashkova. The group focuses on single-molecule live cell imaging of the events related to intracellular signal transduction and protein aggregation.

Job assignments

We are looking for a talented and motivated PhD student who will be working within the Swedish Research Council funded biophysics project. The main goal is to quantify the effect of cellular heterogeneity on protein aggregation using super-resolution single-molecule fluorescence imaging of living cells.

The candidate is expected to be able to plan, prepare and implement single-molecule fluorescence microscopy techniques as well as classical biochemical and microbiology assays. Other working tasks may include presentations at scientific meetings and publication of the results, scientific collaboration within and outside the group.

Being a PhD is a 4-year full-time studies and leads to a Doctoral Degree. Those who are employed as doctoral students must primarily devote themselves to their doctoral education. However, a doctoral student may to a limited extent work with education, research and administration. Such work may, before the doctoral degree is completed, not cover more than 20 % of full-time work.

Eligibility

To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements:

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programs if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification,
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies, applicants must: (i) have a second-cycle (advanced-level) degree in a relevant* subject area in the natural sciences, or (ii) have completed studies for at least 60 higher education credits at a second-cycle level in relevant subject areas in the natural sciences, or (iii) have completed a corresponding programme of relevance to the planned third-cycle programme, in Sweden or in another country, or have equivalent qualifications.

*Relevant for the planned third-cycle education

The specific entry requirements also include an acceptable command of spoken and written English. Guidelines for assessing English proficiency may include a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL test (or 213 on the TOEFL-CBT, or 79 on the TOEFL-iBT).

Assessment

Selection among applicants who meet the requirements for basic and special eligibility is based on the ability to assimilate the education at postgraduate level. In the assessment, special emphasis is placed on documented qualifications regarding laboratory skills which may be within biochemistry, biophysics, microbiology.

The candidate must possess a very good command of written and spoken English.

We are looking for a motivated person who can work individually as well as collaborate with other researchers from different disciplines.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience with sterile cell cultures
  • Experience with fluorescence microscopy techniques
  • Experience with image analysis

Employment

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1993:100. A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The employment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral studies.

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 years full time
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Physics, Gothenburg
First day of employment:  1 Sep 2021, or as agreed

University applies a local salary agreement of graduate students.

Appointment procedure

Please apply online

The application shall include:

Cover letter with an explanation of why you apply for the position
CV including scientific publications
Copy of exam certificate (can be provided later but before the position starts)
Two referees (name, telephone number, relation)

For further information regarding the position

Contact information name, title, phone number, email address
Sviatlana Shashkova, Assistant Professor, sviatlana.shashkova@physics.gu.se

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made based of the qualifications registered in the application.

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

 

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