Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology (IMBIM)

The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology (IMBIM) at Uppsala University provides a broad international environment for research and teaching. Research at IMBIM) broadly spans the areas of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, tumour biology, comparative genetics, functional genomics, immunology, bacteriology, and virology. The research is essentially of fundamental nature, but with relevance and application in health and disease in both animals and humans. More info:

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Project description: We are looking for a highly motivated person, with an ability to work independently and in collaboration with other groups. The candidate should have a strong interest in pursuing a PhD degree in the field of protein science with a focus on intrinsically disordered proteins. The position is one of eleven PhD positions in the Horizon Europe-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) Doctoral Network IDPro, Intrinsically disordered proteins in health and disease: mechanisms, molecular context and opportunities for drug discovery.

IDPro is an exceptional network of nine beneficiaries (eight academic and one industrial) and five partner organisations (four industrial and three academic) from seven different countries, with excellent track records in protein research and supervision. Together, we will train eleven doctoral candidates, with distinct competencies of relevance for the field of intrinsically disordered proteins, to secure future scientific breakthroughs in a rapidly developing field. In particular, we will investigate how disordered proteins interact, how interaction is affected by disease-related mutations, and assess how disordered proteins cause aberrant cellular signaling in relevant human disease models. Furthermore, we will design ligands that can be further developed into molecular probes, which could represent lead structures for the development of drugs. The goal of IDPro is to strengthen an emerging field in biology and medicine with implications for both academia and industry in the European union.

The project will address fundamental questions regarding mechanism and evolution of protein-protein interactions involving intrinsically disordered regions. The goal is to define principles governing these interactions with a special focus on flanking regions. The work includes heterologous expression and purification of proteins and characterization of their interactions using a range of biophysical and bioinformatics methods and analyses (in house and in collaboration).

Qualifications: The person we are looking for should have a master’s degree or equivalent (240 ECTS) in molecular biology, biochemistry, structural biology or similar, providing basic theoretical and practical knowledge. Experience in working with proteins should be demonstrated through a MSc project.

The applicant must be fluent in written and spoken English (see entry requirements at: The candidate is expected to take initiative driving the project, but also to collaborate with the other members of the doctoral network. Emphasis will be given on personal qualities, including analytical capacity, accuracy, flexibility and collaborative skills.

Please note: This MSCA Doctoral Network grant aims to promote mobility within the EU. Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their date of recruitment.

Additional merits or desired skills: The ideal candidate would be able to express and purify proteins in E. coli and perform basic characterization of the proteins. Furthermore, experience of protein interaction techniques such as isothermal titration calorimetry, fluorescence polarization (or other methods), and structural methods (circular dichroism, X-ray crystallography, NMR or Cryo-EM) are meritorious.

The selection is based on the following criteria: Completion of the above qualifications, grades in relevant courses, suitability of the courses to the research program, previous experience in working and/or performing research in the wider area that relates to the project described above. An integrated assessment of the applicant is generated in order to employ the best possible candidate that can succeed in the doctoral studies and contribute to a positive development of the department and the research program.

To be employed as a PhD student, the applicant must be accepted in a doctoral program. Information concerning doctoral education, requirements and rules of admission can be found at Medicine and Pharmacy - Uppsala University (

The length of the study period for full time employment is a maximum of four years. Terms for graduate studies can be found in Högskoleförordningen 5 kap 1-7 §§ and in: Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

About the employment: The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as soon as possible or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further details, please contact: Per Jemth,

Application: Please submit your application using the Uppsala University application portal, by including a CV, a letter describing your research interest and skills, publications or a copy of master thesis or equivalent, contact information of two referees (phone number and e-mail address).

You are welcome to submit your application no later than September 21, 2023, UFV-PA 2023/2601.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreed
Salary According to local agreement
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2023/2601
  • Professor Per Jemth,
Union representative
  • Saco-rådet,
  • ST/TCO,
  • Seko Universitetsklubben,
Published 20.Jul.2023
Last application date 21.Sep.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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