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[ccp4bb] 2 postdoctoral fellowships available to study the structure and evolution of viral proteins at Linköping University, Sweden

Dear colleagues,

I have two postdoctoral fellowships available in my group.  Please see below for the details and feel free to spread it to anyone you think might be interested and suitable for the positions.

All the best,

Postdoctoral fellowships to study structural and functional evolution of viral proteins

The von Castelmur lab at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM) and part of the Wallenberg Center for Molecular Medicine at Linköping University, Sweden, is looking to recruit up to two postdoctoral fellows (2-year projects) to study the evolutionary relationship and functional repurposing of human proteins acquired by picornaviruses (through horizontal gene transfer).

The overall goals of these particular projects are to continue the structural and functional characterisation, already begun in the lab. The projects will involve molecular biology, biochemistry and biophysics in combination with structural biology techniques (in house access to a variety of techniques through ProLinC https://liu.se/en/research/prolinc). Therefore, we seek highly motivated individuals with practical experience and expertise in cloning and protein production (_expression_, purification, characterization), structural biology (experience in at least one technique is required) and an interest in learning new methods and skills.

Qualifications and requirements to applicants:

  • Scholarship may be granted only to non-Swedish citizens with a PhD or equivalent acquired in another country than Sweden. The applicant must not have been employed by Linköping University previously.
  • The applicant must have or be about to receive a doctoral degree in a subject relevant to the research project (e.g. structural biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or a related area) and needs to be passionate about research. Problem solving ability and creativity are essential.
  • Documented ability to write scientific manuscripts (one or more first author papers from Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies will be highly valued)
  • Excellent English interpersonal, communication and writing skills
  • Ability to operate both independently but also as a team player in a multi-disciplinary environment


The application should consist of the following:

1.     A short (maximum 1 A4 page) cover letter, explaining the motivation to apply for the position.

2.     The CV of the applicant, including a list of published peer-reviewed articles.

3.     Statement of Research Interests, max 2 pages

4.     Copies of the PhD diploma (or equivalent).

5.     Contact details for 2-3 references, one of which should be your PhD supervisor.

The duration of the fellowship is 2 years. Your application should be written in English and prepared as a package in PDF format, to be submitted to eleonore.von.castelmur@liu.se. Make sure to use the subject line: “application for postdoctoral fellowship IFM-2019-00239” in the application email. Submit the application on May 21st, 2019 at the latest. The top ranked candidates will be contacted within three weeks from the closing date for an interview. Starting date according to agreement. For more information, contact Dr. Eleonore von Castelmur.

Email: eleonore.von.castelmur@liu.se

Webpage: https://liu.se/en/employee/elevo74

Eleonore von Castelmur, PhD
Biträdande lektor
Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM)
Linkoping University
SE-581 83 Linköping
phone: +46 13 281966
e-mail: eleonore.von.castelmur@liu.se

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