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Doctoral Student in Structural Biology om Membrane Proteins

8 days ago | Closing on Jul 31
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Doctoral Student in Structural Biology om Membrane Proteins
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
KTH in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH.
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Application deadline: Jul 31
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
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Doctoral Student in Structural Biology om Membrane Proteins

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

What we offer

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Biotechnology

Doctoral studies on the function and structure of enzymes that are target proteins for development of new strategies for treatment of plant infections. The project involves studies on integral membrane proteins that synthesize flavonoids, glycolipids and polysaccharides that play a role in plant pathogen virulence and pathogenicity.

Relevant work tasks include, but are not limited to, molecular cloning of genes relevant to the project, heterologous gene expression, protein purification, protein crystallization (and when needed preparation of samples for cryo-electron microscopy experiments), determination of protein structure by means of high-resolution structure-determination techniques (protein X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy), biochemical characterization of the enzymes’ catalytic activity, functional studies in model membranes, and rational enzyme design. 

The doctoral student will be affiliated to the Department of Industrial Biotechnology at the KTH School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology, and Health (CBH) (https://www.kth.se/en/cbh/skolan-for-kemi-bioteknologi-och-halsa-1.763561) with placement at Albanova University Centre (https://www.albanova.se).

Eligibility

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § The Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility:

  • passed a degree at advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

Selection

In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal-oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:

  • ability to independently pursue your work,
  • ability to collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyze and work with complex issues.

It is an advantage if you hold a Master degree (MSc) in Biochemistry or equivalent competence with relevance for the research field. Previous practical experience (research project studies or similar) of techniques in molecular biology, protein purification, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, work with membrane proteins, and enzymology are considered meritorious.

Excellent skills in written and spoken English are a requirement. A suitable candidate should be highly motivated for conducting scientific research, fundamental and applied; have well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills, be able to work independently, and to manage and drive a research project. The candidate should have good ability to interact and communicate with other people within and outside the research group. In addition to the eligibility criteria and the additional meriting qualifications, considerable weight will be put on personal qualities and suitability. 

Target degree:

Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Decisions on employment as a doctoral student may not be appealed.

Information about the doctoral program in Biotechnology:

https://www.kth.se/en/cbh/utbildning/forskarutbildning/doktorsprogrammet-i-bioteknologi-1.787268

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Union representatives

You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH's website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

You will find contact information for doctoral section on the section's website.

Application

Apply for the position and admission through KTH:s recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET / CEST (Central European Time / Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copies of degree certificates and transcripts of courses and grades from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations in English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  • Letter of intent: A brief account of why you want to pursue a PhD, your academic interests, and how they relate to your previous and future goals (maximum 2 pages long).
  • Maximum of three representative publications or technical records. Documents must not exceed 10 pages each. For longer documents (e.g. theses), please provide a summary abstract) and a web link to the full text.
  • Full contact information for two references. We reserve the right to contact the references only for selected candidates.

Other

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH´s work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: According to agreement
Salary: Monthly salary according to KTH´s Doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: C-2018-0931
Contact:
  1. Christina Divne, Professor, divne@kth.se, +46 8 790 99 80
Published: 2018-06-14
Last application date: 2018-07-31 Continue reading
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