Doctoral Student in Chemistry Specializing in Microbial Chemistry

Uppsala University



Uppsala University is a broad research university with a strong international standing. The task is to conduct research and education of the highest quality and to cooperate with society in various ways. Our most important asset is all the individuals who, with their curiosity and commitment, make Uppsala University one of the country's most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44,000 students, 7,100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

Department of Chemistry - Ångström conducts research and education in the field of chemistry. The department has 230 employees and a turnover of SEK 220 million. The department's seven programs carry out very successful research of a high international class. 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 educational assignments in engineering and civil engineering programs as well as master's programs. More information can be found on our website.

Tasks and Project Description: As a research student in microbial chemistry, you will be part of a research group with the long-term goal of using advanced genetic engineering, systems biology and biochemistry to develop photosynthetic microorganisms that convert solar energy and atmospheric carbon dioxide into chemicals and fuels in direct processes. The model system is cyanobacteria. Changes and consequences for the cellular metabolism of the genetically modified microorganisms are analyzed through studies on gene, protein and metabolite. Mathematical models may be used to provide an overall understanding of the cell's metabolic flows. The potential to form different energy carriers is investigated in smaller photobioreactors.

The main task of a doctoral student is to devote to his / her postgraduate education, which includes both participation in research projects and postgraduate courses. The duties may also include participation in teaching and other institutional work, but a maximum of 20% of working time.

Eligibility : Basic eligibility for postgraduate education has the one who has

  • graduated at the advanced level or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, with content relevant to postgraduate education or in any other way within or outside the country acquired substantially equivalent knowledge.


  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent as above in molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, microbiology, microbial biotechnology or equivalent.
  • Very good knowledge in any of the following: advanced molecular biology, protein chemistry, synthetic biology, bioinformatics.
  • Good knowledge of English, in speech and writing.


 Desirably / Advantage:

  • Interested in working both individually and in collaboration with students and researchers within projects.
  • Experience in protein purification, proteomics and / or metabolomics.
  • Knowledge of growing microorganisms in photobioreactors.

Consideration will also be given to good collaboration, drive and independence as well as how the applicant, through his experience and expertise, is judged to have the ability needed to pass the postgraduate education.

Conditions: Regulations for doctoral students can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, §§ 1-7, and in the University's rules and guidelines.

Application Procedure: The application must contain a letter in which the applicant briefly describes himself and his research interests. The application must also contain CVs, copies of diplomas and diplomas, thesis work and other documents that the applicant wishes to invoke.

Uppsala University values the qualities that equal gender distribution and diversity add to the business. We therefore like to see applicants of all genders and with different birth backgrounds, functionality and life experience.

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

Admission: 2020-01-10 or by agreement.

Type of Employment: Temporary employment for four years.

Scope of Employment: 100%.

Information about the position is provided by: Associate Professor Karin Stensjö, tel. +46704939112, e-mail: 

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