Uppsala University, Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

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 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of Chemistry - Ångström laboratory conducts research and education in the chemistry field. The department has more than 230 employees and has a turnover just over 220 million SEK. At the department's seven programs, we conduct very successful research of a high international standard. We have a large number of externally funded research projects, often with international cooperation and we see continued good growth in our subject area. The department has education assignments in engineering and civil engineering programs and master's programs.

The science within the program Molecular Biomimetics ranges from biophysics and advanced spectroscopy to microbial and synthetic metal-organic chemistry, with special emphasis on light-induced electron transfer reactions. We study mechanistic aspects of redox active enzymes, mainly from photosynthetic organisms, and catalysts for (mainly) water oxidation or hydrogen evolution. The studies in the natural systems constitute the basis for attempts to synthetize metal-organic molecules and materials with structural or catalytic properties that are similar to those of the enzymes active sites. The program has key competence in membrane inlet mass spectrometry (MIMS), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), electrochemistry, x-ray absorption and optical fluorescence spectroscopy.

Work duties: You will work in an international team on understanding the reaction mechanisms of biological energy conversion enzymes such as photosystem II, nitrogenases and hydrogenases, as well as on functional and structural studies of molecular and material catalysts. You will support our team by setting up, running and maintaining instrumentation, and by writing data analysis software or performing DFT calculations. A focus will be on X-ray spectroscopy and crystallography, which includes travel to synchrotrons and X-ray free electron lasers.  

Requirements: PhD in Chemistry or Physics, with specialization in Biophysical Chemistry or Biophysics. Extended practical experience in X-ray spectroscopy, in working with biological samples such as photosystem II and/or in artificial photosynthesis, as well as programming of data analysis and instrument control software is required. The candidate should have experience in DFT calculations and practical experience with FTIR, fluorescence and electrochemistry. Proficiency in English is expected.

We will place great emphasis on personal suitability. Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen the administrative work within the department, as well as contribute to its future development.

Additional qualifications: Knowledge of Swedish is an advantage.

Instructions on how to apply: Applications should include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the employment corresponds to your qualifications. The application should also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade
transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

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.

Salary: Individual pay.

Starting date: 2020-03-01 or as otherwise agreed.

Employment conditions: Permanent full-time position, probationary period may be applied.

Working hours: 100 %

For further information about the position, please contact Johannes Messinger, +46701679843, johannes.messinger@kemi.uu.se.

Please submit your application by 5 December 2019, UFV-PA 2019/3998.

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2019/3998
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 22.Nov.2019
Last application date 05.Dec.2019 11:59 PM CET

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