Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för kemi - Ångström

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Chemistry - Ångström conducts research and education in the chemistry field. The department has more than 200 employees and has a turnover of 200 million SEK. At the department's six programs, we conduct very successful research of a high international standard. 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 education assignments in engineering and civil engineering programs and master's programs.

Subject description/research project: As a graduate student in Microbial Chemistry, you will be part of a research group that has the long-term goal of using advanced genetic engineering to develop photosynthetic microorganisms converting solar energy and atmospheric carbon dioxide into chemicals and fuels in direct processes. The model system is cyanobacteria. In this externally funded research project, Sustainable production of solar fuels, the focus is on developing cyanobacterial cells with increased carbon dioxide fixation in combination with an efficient alcohol (ethanol and butanol) production. Obtained engineered cells will be used to demonstrate sustainable solar fuels production in small scale photobioreactors.

Work duties: Independently and in cooperation with both other members of the Microbial chemistry research group and international partners engineer cyanobacteria to fix more carbon dioxide and to, in direct processes, produce solar fuels (ethanol and butanol). Analyze obtained cells for carbon dioxide fixation and solar fuel production when grown under different conditions. Use the best performing strains in small scale photobioreactors to demonstrate a sustainable solar fuels production.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Admission requirements: A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.


  • Degree or equivalent as above in molecular microbiology, applied biotechnology, biochemistry, microbial biotechnology or similar.

  • Good oral and written proficiency in English.

  • Experience of engineering and analyzing cyanobacteria producing a selected chemical in a direct process.

  • Knowledge of growing a photosynthetic microorganism under a defined environmental condition.

Additional requirements:

  • Interested in working both independent and in collaboration with students and researchers in above detailed project.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

Terms of employment: The rules about PhD students are found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 §§1-7 and the University's rules and guidelines.

Application procedure: The application should include a statement of research interest, CV, certificates of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of Master thesis, published article or relevant materials, if available. Also, contact information of at least two reference persons should be included.

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

Starting: 2019-04-01 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position for four years.

Working hours: 100 %

For further information about the position, please Contact Professor Peter Lindblad, phone number: +46 70 425 0498, email: Peter.Lindblad@kemi.uu.se

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2019-01-27, UFV-PA 2018/4578.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019-04-01
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2018/4578
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
Published 07.Jan.2019
Last application date 27.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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