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Natural Science PhD Student Position @ Gothenburg University | Sweden

Natural Science PhD Student Position @ Gothenburg University | Sweden

Natural Science PhD Student Position @ Gothenburg University | Sweden: The University of Gothenburg (Swedish: Göteborgs universitet) is a university in Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg. The University is the third-oldest of the current Swedish universities and with 37,000 students and 6000 staff members, it is one of the largest universities in the Nordic countries.

Natural Science PhD Student Position @ Gothenburg University | Sweden

PhD student position in Natural Science, specialising in Biology

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, four years

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Gothenburg

First day of employment: As soon as possible / upon agreement

Reference number: UR 2017/110

Closing date: 28/02/2017

At the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (BioEnv) we have teaching and research activities that stretch from the alpine ecosystem, through forests, cultivated land and streams, all the way into the marine environment. In these environments we study different levels of biological organisation from genes, individuals and populations, to communities and ecosystems. We work within ecology, evolution, physiology, systematics and combinations of these fields in order to understand the impact of natural and anthropogenic changes of the environment.

The department is placed at three different localities: in Gothenburg Botanical Garden, at Medicinarberget in Gothenburg, and at the marine research station that is run by the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure-Kristineberg.
The current position is placed at the Gothenburg Botanical Garden

Project description
In natural habitats, plants constantly experience rapid changes in the intensity of sunlight. To cope with these changes and maximize growth, plants adjust photosynthetic light utilization in electron transport and photoprotective mechanisms. The PhD project is aimed to study ion channels and transporters with role in photosynthetic regulation in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. The homologues genes involved in ion fluxes in algae will also be identified. The studies are mainly laborative and will be carried out using bioinformatics, genetic, molecular biology, plant physiology and microbiological methods to characterize the ion transporters.

Job assignments
The main task is to conduct the PhD thesis work under supervision, which includes development of the PhD student’s methodology experience, analytical skills, and theoretical depth and breadth. Techniques used within the project include sequence analyses, molecular biology (PCR, Q-RT-PCR, gene cloning, western blotting), photosynthesis-specific (chlorophyll fluorescence, carbon fixation, proton-motive force) and plant physiology-related (response to light stress) to characterize the ion transporters. The project will be conducted mostly as laborative studies. Specific research topics associated with the project include chloroplast ion transporters, photosynthesis and light stress in plants and algae.

Third cycle education
Admission to third cycle education is aiming at a PhD in Natural Science, specialising in Biology. The education runs for four years of fulltime studies, containing three years of thesis work and one year of academic education (i.e. course work and literature studies). A selection of courses at the Department/Faculty is available, but national/international courses can also be selected. Some teaching and/or course administration can be included which extends the contract to the same extent.

Eligibility
The qualifications for education on a doctoral level are: degree in advanced level, at least 240 university points, of which 60 are on an advanced level, or in an other way acquired similar knowledge.

Assessment
Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.

Desirable/meritorious
We are seeking a motivated person for PhD studies in Biology with emphasis on Plant Cell and Molecular Biology. Good communication skills (written and spoken) in English are necessary. Specialization within plant biology and experience of plant molecular biology and physiology are advantageous. Basic knowledge in photosynthesis is a merit.

The top ranked candidates will be selected for an interview, which might be held in English and could also be performed by phone /skype.

Additional information
The application must include:

  • A short cover letter with the applicant’s justification for the application, i.e., that describes how the applicant meets the selection criteria (max. one A4 page)
  • An attested list of qualifications (CV)
  • Examination certificates and a transcript of courses with grades
  • A copy of the Masters thesis (or equivalent)
  • Employments certificates and other documents deemed important by the applicant
  • Contact information for at least two referees that are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications
  • The application should preferably be written in English

 

Natural Science PhD Student Position @ Gothenburg University | Sweden

How To Apply: https://gudok.gu.se/E-rek_CV/Login.aspx?Dnr=821079

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