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Third-cycle subject: Biotechnology
Doctoral studies on the function and structure of enzymes that are target proteins for development of new strategies for treatment of plant infections. The project involves studies on integral membrane proteins that synthesize flavonoids, glycolipids and polysaccharides that play a role in plant pathogen virulence and pathogenicity.
Relevant work tasks include, but are not limited to, molecular cloning of genes relevant to the project, heterologous gene expression, protein purification, protein crystallization (and when needed preparation of samples for cryo-electron microscopy experiments), determination of protein structure by means of high-resolution structure-determination techniques (protein X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy), biochemical characterization of the enzymes’ catalytic activity, functional studies in model membranes, and rational enzyme design.
The doctoral student will be affiliated to the Department of Industrial Biotechnology at the KTH School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology, and Health (CBH) (https://www.kth.se/en/cbh/skolan-for-kemi-bioteknologi-och-halsa-1.763561) with placement at Albanova University Centre (https://www.albanova.se).
To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § The Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility:
In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal-oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:
It is an advantage if you hold a Master degree (MSc) in Biochemistry or equivalent competence with relevance for the research field. Previous practical experience (research project studies or similar) of techniques in molecular biology, protein purification, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, work with membrane proteins, and enzymology are considered meritorious.
Excellent skills in written and spoken English are a requirement. A suitable candidate should be highly motivated for conducting scientific research, fundamental and applied; have well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills, be able to work independently, and to manage and drive a research project. The candidate should have good ability to interact and communicate with other people within and outside the research group. In addition to the eligibility criteria and the additional meriting qualifications, considerable weight will be put on personal qualities and suitability.
Information regarding admission and employment
Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Decisions on employment as a doctoral student may not be appealed.
Information about the doctoral program in Biotechnology:
Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.
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