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The department is responsible for postgraduate education in the subject area
Natural Sciences with a focus on chemistry, biophysics, biology and
educational science. In addition, the department hosts educational programs in
molecular biology, genomics and systems biology, chemistry, organic chemistry
and pharmaceutical chemistry, as well as prescription education. The
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and authorities. The Department of Chemistry and MoleculaThe Department of
Chemistry and Molecular Biology conducts high-quality research and education
in chemical sciences and molecular life sciences. Our research and education
focuses on a deep understanding of chemical and biological processes in cells
and in the environment.
We address important societal issues such as antibiotic resistance, cancer,
brain diseases, environmental problems and climate change. In this way, we
contribute to achieving the UN's global goals for sustainable development in
the areas of good health and well-being, sustainable energy for all,
sustainable cities and communities, and combating climate change.
The department is an international environment with interdisciplinary
collaborations in both research and education, and contributes strongly to the
University of Gothenburg's top ranking in life science.r Biology has around
200 employees. We are located in central premises both on Campus Johanneberg
and on Campus Medicinareberget in Gothenburg.
The Katona group studies the fastest atomic motions in proteins with time
resolved X-ray crystallographic and terahertz spectroscopic techniques. They
employ machine learning techniques in addition to conventional statistical
analysis to detect and quantify concerted atomic motions.This research aims to
explain the physical mechanism behind the formation of biological structures
and the action of biological macromolecules. The formation and maintenance of
biological structures and operation of these molecular machines occurs through
the combination of about a trillion step per second, therefore the direction
and magnitude of these steps are very important to understand.The research is
performed at large scale facilities such as the MaxIV synchrotron and ELI
Beamlines. The Katona group collaborates with research groups from
Montpellier, Marseilles and Frankfurt in the frame of a Horizon 2020 Future
and Emerging Technologies Open project (LINkS) aimed to utilize terahertz
electrodynamics to study long range interaction between proteins.
The candidate will study the THz dynamics of proteins and explore long range
interaction between proteins. He/she will examine how coherent protein
vibrations are created in proteins and in their complexes and if they are
responsible for altered function or structure. The knowledge gained may be
used to understand how enzymes work.The candidate will primarily use X-ray
diffraction techniques to determine the structure of the protein and
appropriate biochemical assays to evaluate the activity of proteins. The
candidate will actively pursue the development of software tools involved in
data analysis and machine learning.
Through this position the successful candidate will be trained in the state-
of-the-art methods of protein biophysics, spectroscopy and structural biology
and will contribute towards the broader goals of the group.
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:
has been awarded a second-cycle qualification,
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.
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
program of relevance to the planned third-cycle program, 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
In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry
requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken
into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented
- Qualifications from basic education
- Qualifications of the master's program, which rely on special competence
- The relevance of previous studies to the proposed research education
- Assessment of the candidate's ability to absorb postgraduate training
- Where appropriate, assessment of the candidate's ability to work within a
Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, four years full time
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg
First day of employment : As soon as possible based on agreement
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
Appointment 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.
University applies local agreement on salaries of graduate students.
For further information regarding the position
Prof. Gergely Katona, 0709-123309, firstname.lastname@example.org
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You must include the following, in PDF format
Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry
Proof of completion of English 6 course or the acquired equivalent
knowledge through previous studies
Two references (name, e-mail, telephone number, relation)
If your degree is from a university outside of Sweden, check what you need
to submit at https: // www. universityadmissions.se/en/All-you-need-to-
country1/ where you can also see what you need to submit in order to fulfill
the English language requirement.
Closing date: 2022-01-15
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