Postdoc Researcher in Physical Chemistry

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We are looking for

Postdoctoral Researcher in Physical Chemistry at Faculty of Health and Society, focused on   Interactions of Proteins and Carbohydrates in Solid-State Formulations.

The project and work duties

This project is a part of the NextBioForm consortium https://www.ri.se/en/nextbioform  that involves several universities and companies. The consortium aims at building a well-renowned, globally competitive sustainable national centre for development of biologics. In this project, we will investigate the structural and thermodynamic changes in proteins and carbohydrate excipients upon hydration and dehydration. In particular, distribution of water between components of amorphous formulations will be studied. Also, specific and non-specific ion effects in solid formulations will be investigated. An example of our previous studies can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.0c00351

Apart from carrying out research within these areas the applicant is expected to take responsibility for the maintenance of the instruments involved and to be active by supervising graduate and postgraduate students and fellow scientists in the techniques and participate in teaching at graduate and postgraduate levels. In addition, the applicant will be expected to take part in applications for external funding to support research activities.

Considering that the project requires collaboration between academic, industrial, and clinical partners, it is expected that the applicant actively communicates and collaborate within this context. Documented project management and leadership abilities are therefore valued.  The applicants are further expected to take responsibility for the maintenance of the instruments involved and to be active by supervising graduate and postgraduate students and fellow scientists in the techniques and participate in teaching at graduate and postgraduate levels. In addition, the applicants will be expected to take part in applications for external funding to support research activities.

Qualifications

A postdoctoral researcher is primarily employed to conduct research. They have completed a doctoral degree or a foreign degree considered on par with a doctoral degree. The ideal candidate holds a master’s degree in e.g., chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, physics or chemical engineering.

In addition to formal competence, University employees must possess the personal capacities necessary to perform the duties of the position well and to represent the University in the best possible way.

Specific requirements for this position:

Hands-on experience in one or several of the following techniques:

  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS)
  • Water sorption techniques
  • Isothermal calorimetric techniques
  • Other relevant techniques for studies of biopolymers

Also, experience in working with proteins, carbohydrate polymers, hydration, specific ion effects or colloidal stability is also required

The following would be of benefit for the position:

In addition to formal competence, University employees must possess the personal capacities necessary to perform the duties of the position well and to represent the University in the best possible way. The candidate should have the ability to work in a team and collaborate with people in complementary disciplines. Previous experience from working in research projects that involved both industry and academia is of benefit.

Assessment criteria

Accordning to the Appointment Rules at Malmö University, the assessment crieteria for a position as Postdoctor are:

  • The quality and focus of the doctoral thesis
  • Research activities within fields relevant to the appointment in question
  • Documented ability to independently conduct research of a sufficient standard
  • Reflective presentation of their own pedagogical outlook and practices
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with actors in other parts of society with a connection to education and research

Faculty, Department and Research environment

 The Department of Biomedical Science at Faculty of Health and Society www.mau.se/bmv offers programmes leading to a professional qualification as Prescriptionist and Biomedical laboratory scientist (both first cycle, 180 credits), and a Masters’ programme, Biomedical Surface Science (second cycle, 120 credits), as well as first and second cycle freestanding courses. The Department negotiates the multifaceted intersection between biology, chemistry, medicine, physics, and technology and the interdisciplinary approach to research and education aims to further develop the theoretical and practical understanding of the complex subject matter. Drawing on the balance between basic and applied research, the Department has been successful in attracting funding from regional, national, and international research funding bodies. In addition, in the pursuit of possible applications, several industry funded contract research projects are currently running at the Department.

The research at the Department is also linked to our research centre “Biofilms – Research Centre for Biointerfaces” www.mau.se/brcb , which combines biomedical science with clinical and translational research in medical, dental, food and environmental application areas in close collaboration with regional industry.

Further information

Professor Vitaly Kocherbitov, E-mail: Vitaly.Kocherbitov@mau.se , phone: +46 70 7457220.

For general questions regarding employment at Malmö university, contact:

Heidi Francke (HR-specialist), heidi.francke@mau.se

In our recruitment work, Malmö University has taken a stand regarding recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore decline all offers of advertising and recruitment assistance in connection with this advertisement.In our recruitment work, Malmö University has taken a stand regarding recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore decline all offers of advertising and recruitment assistance in connection with this advertisement.

You can read more about the benefits of working in Sweden here:  https://sweden.se/collection/working-in-sweden

Application

You apply for this position via Malmö University’s recruitment system by clicking on the “Apply” button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with the job advertisement, and that it is submitted to the University no later than July 5th 2023. The application must be written in Swedish, English or any of the Nordic languages. As an applicant, you are responsible for the application and its appendices being translated.

According to Malmö University’s qualifications portfolio, the application must include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Documentation of pedagogical expertise incl. the pedagogical work to be considered (maximum three). The pedagogical works are uploaded on selection question 6 (if applicable)
  • Documentation of scientific expertise incl. the primary scientific work to be considered (maximum three). The scientific works are uploaded on selection question 7.
  • Professional/clinical experience (if applicable)

Documentation of leadership and administrative expertise (if applicable)

The application must also include: 

Applicants who have not completed their doctoral degree at the end of the application period can apply provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) decision date for employment. The defense date and fulfilled requirements for the degree must be confirmed at the time of application by the applicant’s main supervisor, director of studies or equivalent.

  • Degree certificate (alternatively certificate with the date of the thesis defense) and other relevant certificates
  • A brief account of research, teaching and other activities relevant to the position to which the application pertains, including a description of how the applicant envisions their future research and teaching
  • Doctoral dissertation

The rules for appointment of teaching staff at Malmö University are regulated in the Appointment Rules at Malmö University.

Merits and qualifications must be documented according to Qualifications portfolio for lecturers/researchers at Malmö University.

Application documents

We accept application documents digitally. Physical documents are accepted only in exceptional cases. Contact jobb@mau.se if you have books and any other documents that cannot be sent electronically.

Miscellaneous

This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of one year with a possibility for prolongation. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Swedish Agency for Government Employers, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 1 February 2022.

Malmö University is a workplace and higher education institution that is characterised by an open and inclusive approach, where gender equality and equal terms add value to our activities.

Malmö University applies individual salary setting.

Start date

September 1st  2023 or by agreement

Union representatives

SACO-S: Ann-Mari Campbell, ann-mari.campbell@mau.se

Lärarförbundet: Peter Persson, peter.persson@mau.se

ST/OFR: Aje Carlbom aje.carlbom@mau.se

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

You apply no later than 05/07/2023 by clicking the apply button.

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