PhD Position in Single-Entity Electrochemistry

Uppsala University Department of Chemistry

PhD in Chemistry with focus on Single-Entity Electrochemistry

Published: 2021-01-11

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 45,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Chemistry - Ångström conducts research and education in the chemistry field. The department has more than 250 employees and has a turnover of 250 million SEK. At the department's six programs, we conduct very successful research of a high international standard. We have a large number of externally funded research projects, often with international cooperation and we see continued good growth in our subject area. The department has education assignments in engineering and civil engineering programs and master's programs. More information is available on our website.

Subject description/research project: Single-entity electrochemistry (SEE) is an emerging field with the great potential for fundamental understanding of stochastic processes and ultra-sensitive analysis. SEE is based on measuring an electrochemical signal from a single entity (a cell, a particle, or a single molecule). The project focuses on analysis of redox proteins and aims to develop a new experimental platform for detection of electron transfer from single redox proteins. Electron transfer reactions, executed by redox proteins, are an essential part of many important biological processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, and DNA synthesis. Moreover, several human diseases, such as Alzheimer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancers, have been associated with malfunctioning redox proteins. Today, fluorescence and force spectroscopies are primarily used for studies of redox proteins at the single-molecule level. In contrast, electrochemical measurements, which are particularly suitable for electron transfer reactions as they probe the electron transfer process directly, are much less studied.

Work duties: 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 can also include 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 he or she:

  • 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.


  • Degree or equivalent as above in Electrochemistry, Physical Chemistry, or related field.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.

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. 

Additional requirements: Practical experience in electrochemistry, bioelectrocatalysis, single-entity electrochemistry and/or microfabrication techniques will be beneficial.

Terms of employment: The rules about PhD students are found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 §§1-7 and the university's rules and guidelines.

Application procedure: The application should include a statement of research interest, CV, certificates of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of Master thesis, published article or relevant materials, if available. Also, contact information of at least two reference persons should be included.

Salary: According to local agreement (Local collective agreement for doctoral students and students).

Starting date: 01-04-2021 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %.

For further information about the position please contact: Alina Sekretareva (

Please submit your application by 15 February 2021, UFV-PA 2021/29.

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Placement: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/29

Last application date: 2021-02-15

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