The research projects at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics cover a number of areas of high international interest, such as molecular studies on photosynthesis, mitochondria: biogenesis, structure and function, biochemical toxicology, lipid biosynthesis and function, protein structure, folding and trafficking, membrane protein topology and assembly, peptide-membrane interactions, bioinformatics, and biological nitrogen fixation. Research at the department involves plants, mammals, yeast, cyanobacteria and photosynthetic bacteria. The department is well equipped and within the projects modern gene technology and computer modelling are used as well as other biochemical, biophysical and physiological methods.
For more information about the department, see www.dbb.su.se.
Project title: Transport Processes across Biological Membranes
In this project we use biochemical and biophysical techniques to study and understand transmembrane ion transport at a molecular level in terms of physical mechanisms. The project involves time-resolved studies of purified membrane-bound transporters reconstituted into membranes using a number of biophysical techniques. Another question that is addressed is the role of the biological membrane in supporting function of membraneembedded biomolecules. For example, we found recently that the membrane surface is an active component of the cellular machinery, providing microcircuits functionally connecting membrane-bound transport proteins Part of the project is focused on understanding this phenomenon.
The applicant should have a background in Biochemistry and/or Biophysics.
To be accepted as a PhD student, credits corresponding to four years of full-time studies at the undergraduate level are required, including credits corresponding to at least two years of fulltime studies in chemistry, life sciences or physics, depending on the program. The credits should include courses at the advanced level (second cycle) corresponding to one year and of these one semester should be a degree thesis. In order to facilitate the evaluation of merits and suitability for the PhD studies the curriculum vitae (CV) should contain information about the extent and focus of the academic studies. The quantity (as part of an academic year) and the quality mark of courses in chemistry and physics are of particular interest. Please state titles of undergraduate theses and project works.
Criteria for selection
The selection among applicants will be based on the judgement of their capacity to successfully complete the PhD program. In practical terms, this means that the study merits will be the main selection criterion. The local study merits, such as passed advanced courses or project work at the department, will be given a relatively high weight. Equal opportunity aspects between men and women will be given a certain weight, as well as willingness and ability of candidates to participate in undergraduate teaching.
Terms of employment
Economic support is guaranteed during the agreed time in the individual study syllabus (study plan) for the graduate studies, totally for a maximum of 4 years. The department may request that the graduate student takes part in teaching or other departmental work in an activity additional to the graduate studies for up to 20 % of full work time in years 2–4.
More details about the project can be requested from project leader Peter Brzezinski , e-mail eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%70%65%74%65%72%62%40%64%62%62%2e%73%75%2e%73%65%22%3e%70%65%74%65%72%62%40%64%62%62%2e%73%75%2e%73%65%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')) or Homepage: http://www.dbb.su.se/Faculty/Peter_Brzezinski .
General information about the PhD training program may be requested from Astrid Gräslund, head of department (prefekt), telephone +46-(0)8-16 2450, e-mail eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%61%73%74%72%69%64%40%64%62%62%2e%73%75%2e%73%65%22%3e%61%73%74%72%69%64%40%64%62%62%2e%73%75%2e%73%65%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')).
Union representatives are Bo Ekengren (SACO), Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST), telephone +46-(0)8-16 2000 (switch board), and Gunnar Stenberg (SEKO), telephone +46-(0)70-316 43 41.
The application should contain a letter of intent (one to two pages that explain why you are interested in working on this project, why you are interested in studying for a PhD, what you hope to accomplish during your PhD studies, and what skills you can bring to this project), curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records, a list of two persons who may act as referees (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses), and one copy of your undergraduate thesis and articles, if any.
The applicant may apply for more than one position, but in that case, a complete set of documents is required for each position.
Completed applications, labelled with the reference number SU DBB 20-10, should be received no later than November 20, 2010, by regular mail to:
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
c/o Haidi Astlind
Svante Arrhenius v. 16
SE-106 91 STOCKHOLM
or by e-mail to: eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%68%61%69%64%69%40%64%62%62%2e%73%75%2e%73%65%22%3e%68%61%69%64%69%40%64%62%62%2e%73%75%2e%73%65%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')).