PhD student position in materials chemistry / Protein structure determination using Atom Probe Tomography

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Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas.

Health, natural resources, sustainable energy and materials are some of our lead words and our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”.

We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg.

Information about the project
In this PhD student position, you will join the activities at the Division of Applied Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The division has an applied focus with emphasis on the development of new materials. In this project, you will work on developing new tools for analyzing the structure of individual biological molecules on the sub-nanometer scale. The main focus will be on utilizing atom probe tomography (APT) to determine the structure and chemical composition of proteins embedded in silica glass matrices. You will use complementary high-resolution imaging techniques and analytical tools available at the Chalmers Materials Analysis Laboratory (CMAL). A central objective of the project is to develop methodologies for analysis of pharmaceutically relevant molecules such as drug targets.

For more information regarding the protein structure determination technique, please see our recently published paper in Small:
Major responsibilities
During your education as a PhD student, you will communicate the results from your project by publishing articles in relevant peer-reviewed international scientific journals and by participating to national and international meetings and conferences. Within the daily work as a PhD student, our ambition is that you find variation and interact with not only other PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, but also undergraduate students, senior researchers and professors.

Your major responsibilities are to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, both in Swedish and in English. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 percent of working hours.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

The most important qualification is your desire to devotedly conduct interdisciplinary research at the crossroads between biophysics and materials chemistry. To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in chemistry, materials science, physics, or equivalent. You appreciate to work experimentally, but also with theoretical tools. Hands-on experience on APT and FIB-SEM are considered advantageous.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.< br />
Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg .
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190396 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV:(Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter:(Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 16 August 2019

For questions, please contact:
Professor Martin Andersson, ,
+46-(0)31 772 2966

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. ***

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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