Postdoctoral position of Plant Biochemistry with a focus on Photosystem II

Umeå University
September 25 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Chemistry seeks a Postdoctor who will work on the photosynthetic energy conversion in higher plants using Arabidopsis thaliana. You have a doctoral degree in biochemistry or equivalent with a focus on higher plants, as well as experience of protein isolation from higher plants and also knowledge of basic biophysical measurements such as oxygen and chlorophyll fluorescence. The employment is for 24 months and is full time. Access by agreement. The closing date for application is 2017-10-31.

Main tasks

The tasks of the project is the analysis and characterization of low molecular weight proteins, cofactors and their function in the protein complex of Photosystem II's (PSII) assembly process. In particular, you will use greenhouse-grown Arabidopsis plants, but also the meristematic cell line for growing higher plants in cell culture. Extracts from these will then be characterized by various biophysical methods to determine their function and interaction in the PSII complex. An important part of this protein-based project is being able to extract different samples that require sound biochemical experience. This work also includes collaborating with both national and international researchers.


The applicant must have a doctoral degree, or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent, in biochemistry or an equivalent subject with a focus on higher plants. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application, unless certain circumstances exist. You have thorough knowledge of plant biology or plant physiology. You have experience with biochemical and molecular biology methods, with a focus on protein extractions from plants. A requirement is experience of plant research on higher plants and the ability to independently taking responsibility and conducting research projects. Furthermore, you have experience with analysis of protein-protein interactions as well as analysis with SDS-PAGE and western blot analyzes. International experience, experience in cooperation in Sweden and foreign research stays are a prerequisite. You must also be socially competent, enthusiastic and a committed researcher who master English fluently both written and spoken.


Your application must contain:

A curriculum vitae (CV) including publication list Copy of doctoral thesis and diploma or equivalent Name and contact details of 3 reference persons A follow / letter of application stating why you are looking for the employment (max 1 pages) Application deadline is 2017-10-31. You apply through our e-recruitment system. Log in and apply via the button at the bottom of the page. The employment is full-time and is limited to 24 months. Access by agreement.

Further information is provided by Professor Wolfgang Schröder, Department of Chemistry, Umeå University, +4690-7866974,

Information about us

The Department of Chemistry is the largest department within the Faculty of Science and Technology, with about 200 employees, of which approximately 40 graduate students, with a strong and expanding research. Three major research areas, Biological Chemistry, Environmental and Biogeochemistry and Technical Chemistry collect the department's research and education in chemistry. We are a strong partner in the KBC, Chemical-Biological Center including the Umeå Plant Science Center (UPSC).


- Wolfgang Schröder, 090-7866974

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