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PhD Studentship in Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Genomics, Sweden

Aquatic microorganisms hold central roles in most biogeochemical cycles. In this PhD project we will study the roles played by bacteria and archaea in the transformation and metabolic use of quantitatively significant carbon compounds in lakes and oceans. For this purpose, we will use a combination of controlled experiments and advanced cultivation-independent methods for microscopic and sequence-based characterization of the ecology and metabolic features of aquatic microorganisms. The ability of different bacteria and archaea to use methane, chitin, proteins and other quantitatively important carbon compounds will be studied at the level of single cells.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a University degree in biology, molecular biotechnology, bioinformatics or related discipline. Basic knowledge in microbiology and proficiency in oral and written communication in English is expected. Documented experience in bioinformatics and/or laboratory work will strengthen your application. Personal motivation and interest in the subject will also be used to select candidates for the position.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 25 March 2011

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PhD Position in Biochemistry, University of Lund, Sweden

PhD studies in biochemistry/biophysical chemistry. The project will focus on physical-chemical studies of protein interactions with other proteins and themselves (aggregation). The studies are aimed at characterization and quantification of energetics and kinetics of interactions and discovery of new protein-protein interactions and/or oligomeric species during a process of aggregation. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with theoreticians.

Eligibility/Entry Requirements

Basic entry requirements for PhD studies are: a degree at advanced level, courses to an extent of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 at advanced level, or corresponding proficiencies. Special requirements for this position: Master of engineering in chemistry or biotechnology, BSc, MSc or some other form of Master exam in biotechnology, chemistry, molecular biotechnology or corresponding education. Undergraduate and advanced courses in physical chemistry are obligatory, and also profound knowledge in mathematics. Priority will be given to applicants with previous experience in (for example through diploma work or project) of biophysical studies of proteins, protein aggregation or protein gels with spectroscopy methods.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 2011-03-01

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