PhD Position in Analytical Chemistry

Uppsala University Department of Chemistry


PhD Position in Analytical Chemistry

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A PhD student position in analytical chemistry is available in the program for Analytical chemistry, Department of Chemistry - BMC. The department of Chemistry – BMC is located within Uppsala University Biomedical Center. We conduct teaching and outstanding research, and research education in areas of Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Organic Chemistry. You can find more information about us here. 

Project description: The PhD position in Analytical chemistry is located in the Lanekoff group. Projects within the research group include spatial metabolomics by development and  application of localized liquid extraction from biological surfaces for imaging mass spectrometry with nano-DESI and molecular characterization using surface sampling capillary electrophoresis mass spectrometry. More information on the research group is found here. The overall aim of the project is technique development to allow for molecular analysis of single cells.

Duties: As a PhD student in our team you are expected to carry out advanced research in analytical chemistry and broaden your perspective and knowledge of analytical chemistry by taking relevant graduate courses. The research project includes developing methods and techniques for characterization and localization of small molecules in biological samples, such as tissue and single cells, with high-resolution mass spectrometry. As a PhD student in the group you will work experimentally, be involved in designing physical modules including automation, handle biological samples, and perform mass spectrometric analyses. In addition, the successful candidate will structurally characterize small molecules, develop and use methods for data analysis, and write scientific reports.

Qualifications required: Master degree (or equivalent) in fields of relevance to analytical chemistry, or at least 90 credits or equivalent knowledge acquired abroad, is required. To be eligible for the PhD program, you must also have at least 240 credits (hp), or an equivalent basic university education, with at least 60 credits at the advanced level and with at least 90 credits in chemistry relevant subjects. Strong knowledge in analytical chemistry is required. Candidates must be able to express themselves very well in spoken as well as written English.

To be employed as a PhD student, you must be accepted in the postgraduate program. Information concerning doctoral education, requirements and rules of admission can be found here and the study plan for postgraduate studies in analytical chemistry/biochemistry/organic chemistry can be found here.

Qualifications desired: Experience with mass spectrometry is meriting, especially high resolution mass spectrometric analysis of small molecules, such as lipids and metabolites. We also place great emphasis on your personal qualifications. You need to have a strong motivation for the research project and to be able to contribute with creative ideas. This project requires that you are able to work independently, but that you also have excellent collaborative skills and can contribute to the team.

In filling this position, we aim to recruit the person who, in a combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualifications, is most suitable to carry out and develop the project-in-hand and to contribute to a positive development of the department of chemistry. Interviews will be performed with the top candidates through on-site visits or by electronic means.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: As soon as possible, as agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. The graduate program covers four years of full-time study. The position can be combined with teaching or other duties at the department (maximum 20%), which prolongs the employment with the corresponding time. The salary will be set according to local agreements. Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines. More information about postgraduate studies at Uppsala University is available here.

Scope of employment: 100%.         

For further information about the position please contact: Associate Professor Ingela Lanekoff,, +46 18 471 36 73.

Application: The application should include 1) a letter of intent describing yourself, your research interests and motivation of why you want to do a PhD, and why you are suitable for the position, 2) your CV, 3) a short description of your education, 4) a copy of your master degree, your course grades and a copy of your master thesis, 5) the names and contact information to at least two reference persons (e-mail address and phone no.), and 6) publications produced The application should be written in English.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds. 

You are welcome to submit your application no later than December 10, 2020. UFV-PA 2020/4293.

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Placement: Department of Chemistry - BMC

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/4293

Last application date: 2020-12-10

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