Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, kemiska institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Work description

Peptide-lipid co-assembly is an important phenomenon of high relevance for peptide biomaterials as well as atherosclerosis and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. This co-assembly is, however, not well understood, and we work in a number of collaborating projects with the overall goal to understand the underlying molecular driving force and mechanisms of peptide-lipid co-assembly, and its structural and functional consequences at a molecular level.

In this project we aim to characterize peptide-lipid co-assembly structure on the colloidal length scale (1-100 nm) using, in particular, small angle neutron scattering (SANS), and exploring the potential of contrast variation. Initially, we are interested in the overall co-assembly structure and possible molecular specificity in the peptide-lipid interaction.

The project is part of SwedNess, a graduate school for neutron scattering operated by six of Sweden’s largest academic institutions/universities. The school is fully funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) and aims to educate a new generation of highly skilled neutron experts. The research projects cover a broad range of scientific fields of high interest for both academia and industry. Within SwedNess the focus will be on excellence in science, high-level education as well as national- and international networking, which includes hands-on training at facilities around the world. There is a mandatory extended international stay for each doctoral student of 2-6 months at a state-of-the-art neutron facility or distinguished research group.

Within the Department of Chemistry at Lund University, you will also be a part of a collaborating network of students and scientists at the divisions of Physical Chemistry ( and Biochemistry and Structural Biology (


MSc or equivalent in chemistry specialized in physical chemistry or in physics specialized in soft condensed matter and/or nanomaterials. Documented knowledge and experience of small angle scattering is desirable. The work requires good knowledge in basic physics and/or physical chemistry, and mathematics. Knowledge of biophysics or biophysical chemistry is desirable. Also knowledge and skills in programming using MATLAB or simular tools are desirable. Documented excellent level of English (understanding, speaking, writing) is essential. Excellent communication and presentation skills are also essential. The candidate should have the ability to work in a team and collaborate with people from complementary disciplines.

Document to include with the application: A cover letter (1/2-1 page) expressing a motivation for why you wish to perform a PhD education in physical chemistry at Lund University, and how the present research project matches your own research interests and scientific background

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/1477
  • Sara Snogerup Linse, Professor, +46 46 222 82 46;
  • Ulf Olsson, Professor, +46 46 222 81 59;
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
Published 05.May.2017
Last application date 26.May.2017 11:59 PM CET

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