PhD Student in Analytical Chemistry

Uppsala University Department of Chemistry

Sweden

PhD student in Analytical Chemistry

Published: 2019-12-12

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

The department of Chemistry – BMC is located within Uppsala University Biomedical Center. We conduct teaching and outstanding research in areas of Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. Research education is given within these subjects. We have interfaces towards pre-clinical biomedicine and the clinic, pharmacy, physics and materials science. The department has over 100 employees, and of them over 30 PhD students and 10 Professors.  You can find more information about us here.

We are looking for a graduate student in Chemistry with specialization in Analytical Chemistry

Description of project:

The focus in the research group is design, development, and application of localized liquid extraction from biological surfaces for detection and molecular characterization of small molecules, such as lipids and metabolites, and two-dimensional mapping of these using mass spectrometry ( http://www.kemi.uu.se/research/analytical-chemistry+/lanekoff-group/ ). The research project includes designing and developing methods for characterization and localization of small molecules in biological samples, such as tissue and cells, with capillary electrophoresis coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry. As a PhD student in the group you will work experimentally, be involved in designing physical modules, handle biological samples, perform analyses with capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry. In addition, the successful candidate will structurally characterize small molecules, develop and use methods for data analysis, and write scientific reports. The overall aim is to develop further the newly published method for surface sampling capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry as a part of a larger project.

Appointment period
The PhD position is for four years, extendable to a maximum of five years by including department duties at a level of at most 20%, typically teaching. The time for employment can be prolonged if special reasons exist.

Nature of duties
As a PhD student in our team you will perform graduate studies within the subject and is expected to carry out advanced research in analytical chemistry and to broaden your perspective and knowledge of analytical chemistry by taking relevant graduate courses.

Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and regulations.

PhD students with employment in our department are normally expected to teach and participate in general departmental work, such as instrument maintenance, to a level corresponding to a maximum of 20% of the employment time. You can read more about how it is to be a post graduate student with us here.

Qualifications
To qualify for a PhD position, you must 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. Special eligibility to third-cycle (PhD) studies in Analytical Chemistry requires that the graduate has passed courses in chemistry, or courses in areas relevant to analytical chemistry, of at least 90 credits or that he/she has acquired equivalent knowledge abroad.

It is desired that you have a master of science or engineering degree in chemistry or similar experience. Strong knowledge in analytical chemistry is required. Documented knowledge of capillary electrophoresis and mass spectrometry is considered a merit.

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 can be found here.

 We 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 as the project will include scientific collaborations. Good language skills in English are required to interact, write and publish internationally. Levels corresponding to IELTS: overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5; TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575, internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90; Cambridge: CAE, CPE are acceptable.

Uppsala University finds that gender balance and diversity brings a higher quality to the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender, with different birth backgrounds and life experiences. 

Criteria for ranking
The ranking of applicants will be based on undergraduate grades, on the undergraduate education profile and on any additional experience of research in areas of relevance for the research project. Such additional experience should be documented and included in your application, e.g. through articles published in international peer-reviewed journals or by employment at companies or other institutions active in the field of research. Emphasis will also be put on personal qualifications required for the project.

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.

Your application
Your application must include a personal letter with a short description of yourself and the reasons why you are interested in the position. You must also include a CV and authorized copies of degrees and diplomas. Names and contact details of at least two scientists that have offered to act as references for you must also be included, with a clear indication of their relationship to you.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
 
Starting date: As soon as possible.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact:
docent Ingela Lanekoff (ingela.lanekoff@kemi.uu.se, telefon: +46 18 471 36 73)

Please submit your application by 17 January 2020, UFV-PA 2019/4434.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at www.uu.se/joinus. You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at ifss@uadm.uu.se.

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.

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: Seko Universitetsklubben seko@uadm.uu.se
ST/TCO tco@fackorg.uu.se
Saco-rådet saco@uadm.uu.se

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/4434

Last application date: 2020-01-17

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