Researcher in biochemistry

Uppsala University
August 25 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Chemistry - BMC is located at the Uppsala Biomedical Centre campus. It belongs to the Faculty of Science and Technology and conducts research and education in biochemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry. The department benefits from contacts with other disciplines and interacts closely with researchers in biomedicine, pharmacy, physics and materials science.

The research in biochemistry is focused on catalysis, molecular recognition, structure and dynamics of complex molecular systems, and relationships between the presence of biomolecules and synthetic chemical compounds with various disease states. It includes the design and synthesis of small organic molecules and biological macromolecules. Method and technology development is a particular strength, and the development of new biochemical, analytical and biophysical methods enables advanced studies of biological systems and their regulation, and how diseases can be diagnosed and treated. Scientists with expertise in biophysical methods of interaction analysis are responsible for a facility belonging to SciLifeLab, part of a national infrastructure for research in life science.

The creative and research-intense environment contributes to a broad knowledge base as well as cutting-edge expertise. Uppsala University has a highly developed innovation office that gives support for commercialization and external collaboration. Read more here.

Uppsala University offers one of the country's best educations in chemistry, with strong links to world-leading research. The Department of Chemistry - BMC is responsible for the Bachelor and Master programs in Chemistry, and the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, together with our colleagues in the Faculty of Science and Technology and in the Faculty of Pharmacy, and contributes extensively in many other education programs. A wide range of courses, excellent research connections, and extensive lab work characterizes the teaching. Read more here.

We are now recruiting a researcher in biochemistry.

The researcher will work in projects currently funded via a three-year contract for commissioned activities. The projects initially defined include the following objectives (the priority order is to be determined):

Improvement of the adhesive strength of mussel adhesive protein (MAP).Development of MAP-covered wound dressings containing living cells (e.g. stem cells).Increase of the solution stability of epidermal growth factor at room temperature.Isolation and purification of enzymes from Antarctic krill to be used for wound tissue debridement.Production and purification of recombinant adhesive proteins originating from Australian frogs.Screening of low molecular compounds suitable as biocompatible preservatives.The work will be conducted in collaboration with USUN Bio Sweden.


The work will be based on standard methods for production of recombinant and naturally occurring proteins, with high performance purification being a particularly important method. It will be followed by extensive characterisation of proteins and other biomolecules using advanced biochemical, analytical and biophysical methods. The work is to be focused on development of new biotechnological products and requires documentation suitable both for securing international property rights and patenting, while also allowing the publication of research results.


To be eligible for the position you must have a Ph.D. in biochemistry or an exam judged to be comparable to a Swedish Ph.D.. You must have documented experience with preparative and analytical protein chemistry, familiarity with various protein chromatography techniques and methods, and with analytical protein electrophoresis. Experience with both industrial and academic research, in the fields of biotechnology or medical products are a plus.

We emphasize the importance of personal suitability for this position. You need to be strongly motivated to carry out the work in the projects and contribute to product development by coming up with new creative ideas. This project requires that you are able to work independently, while also having excellent collaborative skills. The project requires that you are able to cooperate with scientists from industry and other universities, within and outside Sweden. You must be very organized and systematic in your lab work, as well as reliable and disciplined with respect to lab management, ensuring that labs and instruments are kept clean and in good working order. As you will be expected to collaborate with other scientists, and contribute to project management on every level, you also need to have the skills necessary to ensure that the work environment is excellent. We expect you are proficient in oral and written English in order to be able to interact and communicate efficiently with collaborators, and publish internationally.

For this recruitment, the university will only consider candidates who, after an overall assessment, show the top qualifications and personal characteristics to perform and develop the project tasks and contribute to a positive development of the department and its activities.

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.

Pay: Individual salary

Starting: 01-10-2017 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Permanent employment, probationary period may be applied

Working hours: 100%

For further information about the position please contact

Helena Danielson, professor, e-mail:, phone: +464714545

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 18-09-2017, UFV-PA 2017/2517.

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