Post Doc in Structural Characterization and Biophysical Analysis of Periplasmic Protein Quality Control Factors

University of Gothenburg Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

Postdoc in Structural Characterization and Biophysical Analysis of Periplasmic Protein Quality Control Factors

Ref PAR 2021/111


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Research and graduate education at the department of chemistry and molecular biology comprises a wide scientific field from the atomic and molecular levels all the way through cells to intact organisms. Much of the phenomena studied here impact on our natural environment and living systems. We participate in undergraduate programs in chemistry, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, biology, marine sciences, and pharmacy. The group of Björn Burmann uses state of the art NMR-spectroscopy to study large molecular complexes underlying basic cellular functions at the atomic level in combination with other structural biology methods and biophysical characterization. Björn Burmann’s group investigates macromolecular protein machines underlying essential cellular functions, e.g. protein quality control and their effect on misfolding- and aggregation-prone proteins underlying several different diseases, through biophysical and structural biology approaches e.g. high-resolution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). 

Job assignments

Structural characterization and in-depth biophysical analysis of the chaperone governed membrane protein folding. Integral membrane proteins rely on an intricate chaperone network transporting them to their destination, support their correct folding and possibly are also involved in the turn-over of this class of proteins. Based on high-resolution NMR-spectroscopy techniques established for the study of high-molecular weight chaperone complexes a detailed characterization of integral membrane proteins as well as soluble proteins residing in the bacterial periplasm is planned employing recently introduced in-situ techniques.To achieve this goal, you will use a plethora of techniques ranging from basic biochemistry to advanced structural biology methods (not restricted to NMR-spectroscopy only, as it is planned to also apply X-Ray crystallography or cryo-electron microscopy whenever indicated by our data) and biophysical characterization. Methods in microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics and biochemistry will also be used. We are looking for a colleague, that is highly motivated, scientifically independent and creative, and capable of contributing to a team environment.


To qualify as a PostDoc, the applicant must have completed a Swedish doctoral degree or must have a foreign degree corresponding to a Swedish doctoral degree. A relevant background in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Structural Biology or related fields is expected. Previous work on related protein systems will be considered favorable. The successful candidate should have a strong background in biochemistry, biophysics, and/or NMR spectroscopy. Previous work with molecular chaperones and especially native vesicles, e.g. expression and purification and/or functional characterization for structural studies, will be considered an advantage.

  • Expert knowledge in recombinant protein expression and purification of relevant proteins (integral membrane and soluble proteins).
  • Expert knowledge in the preparation of bacterial vesicles
  • Expert knowledge in sample preparation (isotope labelling, methyl-labelling)
  • Expert knowledge in solution NMR methods (e.g. assignment, proteindynamics, data analysis)
  • Documented knowledge in automated data procession and analysis (resonance assignment, relaxation analysis etc.)
  • Detailed knowledge in additional biophysical and structural biology techniques (AFM, ITC, BLI, SEC-MALLS)
  • Working knowledge in additional structural biology methods (e.g. X-Ray, cryo-EM)


The employment is fixed term during 2 years, full time, 100 % at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

For further information regarding the position

Regarding the position, please contact
Björn Burmann, Associate Prof. (Docent), +46(0)31 786 3923


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CV including scientific publications
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Closing date: 2021-03-04

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