Researcher in Light-harvesting processes in intact photosynthetic systems

Lund University


September 20, 2021


Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, kemiska institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Science. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Subject description Project concerns using polarization-controlled two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2DES) to investigate energy and electron transfer processes in the intact photosynthetic units. Different modalities of 2DES will be employed to study intact photosynthetic units in a few photosynthetic organisms both at cryogenic and physiological temperatures. The photosynthetic organisms that we are going to study include purple photosynthetic bacteria, green non-sulfur bacteria and eventually marine plants. The energy transfer pathways as well as efficiencies will be determined in the intact photosynthetic units. Whenever possible, electron transfer processes in the reaction centers of photosynthetic units will be also investigated.

Work duties The first task will be updating the existing acquisition program and adapting it to the 64-bits computer.

Optimization of 2DES setup to carry out experiments on intact photosynthetic organism both at cryogenic and physiological temperatures.

Perform 2DES experiments on a few intact photosynthetic organisms, including photosynthetic bacteria and plants.

Performing analysis of acquired data.

Writing and submitting scientific papers on the findings obtained during the project.

Qualification requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A PhD within solid state physics, chemical physics or physical chemistry.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Hands on experience on ultrafast spectroscopy and data analysis of ultrafast spectroscopy data.
  • Proven record of published papers in international scientific journals.
  • Assessment criteria and other qualifications Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, proven independence, and how applicant's skills stand to contribute to departments future development.

    Terms of employment Dates of employment 2021-10-01 to 2022-09-30.

    The scope of the employment: full time.

    Contact person to be written in the advertisement: Donatas Zigmantas.

    Instructions on how to apply Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing: Résumé/CV, including a list of publications,

  • a general description of past research and future research interests (no more than two pages),
  • a short motivation letter (one page),
  • contact information of at least two references,
  • copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered.
  • Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

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    Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

    Contract type Full time First day of employment 2021-10-01 Salary Monthly salary Number of positions 1 Working hours 100% City Lund County Skåne län Country Sweden Reference number PA2021/2806 Contact

  • Donatas Zigmantas, professor, +46 46 222 4739
  • Union representative

  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
  • Published 06.Sep.2021 Last application date 20.Sep.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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