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 conducts research and education in the chemistry field. The department has more than 200 employees and has a turnover of 200 million SEK. At the department's six 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. More information is available on our website.

In the research program Physical Chemistry we conduct fundamental and goal oriented research in photochemistry and chemical dynamics, laser spectroscopy, molecular and mesoscopic systems for solar energy conversion as well as colloid and surface chemistry.

The PhD student will be part of a research group led by Katarina Edwards. The group conducts research in colloid and surface chemistry with special focus on fundamental studies and bioanalytical/pharmaceutical applications of soft surfaces and nanoparticles built from polar lipids. The projects are as a rule inspired by issues of biological or pharmaceutical/medical relevance.

Subject description/research project and work duties: The PhD project is part of a larger project focused on the development of a novel type of nanocarriers, referred to as lipodisks, as a versatile platform for efficient and selective delivery of anticancer agents to tumour cells. In the current sub-project the aim is to explore the possibilities to use lipodisks for formulation and delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs and anticancer peptides. The work will include studies to produce, characterize and optimize drug loaded lipodisks, as well as investigations to evaluate their therapeutic effect on tumour cells.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Admission requirements: A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Requirements: To be eligible for the PhD position, the applicant must hold a degree, or equivalent, in chemistry, pharmacy, material science or similar, including at least 90 credits in chemistry. Strong knowledge in colloid and surface chemistry.

We are looking for a strongly motivated candidate with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. The applicant must have good communication skills and be proficient in both spoken and written English.  

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme. 

Additional requirements: Experience in work with lipid-based drug nanocarriers is an advantage. 

Terms of employment: The rules about PhD students are found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 §§1-7 and the university's rules and guidelines.

Application procedure: The application should include a statement of research interest, CV, certificates of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of Master thesis, published article or relevant materials, if available. Also, contact information of at least two reference persons should be included.

We will examine the applications during the ongoing application period and might proceed with interviews before the last day of application.

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: According to local agreement (Local collective agreement for doctoral students and students).

Starting date: 2020-02-01 or as otherwise agreed, however, at the latest 2020-03-01.

Type of employment: Temporary position for four years. 

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position, please contact: Prof. Katarina Edwards, phone: +46 18 471 3668, katarina.edwards@kemi.uu.se. 

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 15 January 2020, UFV-PA 2019/4673.

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Type of employment PhD placement
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 2019/4673
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 20.Dec.2019
Last application date 15.Jan.2020 11:59 PM CET

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