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Postdoctoral fellow in structure determination of membrane proteins using cryo-EM

University of Gothenburg
Gothenburg (Stad), Västra Götaland (SE)
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Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

The Institute of Biomedicine is involved in both research and education. In both of these areas, we focus on fundamental knowledge of the living cell – what it consists of, how it works, how its function is directed by the genetic material, and how it interacts with various kinds of micro-organisms. Using this knowledge, we try to elucidate the causes of diseases, and find new ways to diagnose and treat them.

The Institute is composed of the following four departments:

  • The Department of Infectious Diseases
  • The Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • The Department of Laboratory Medicine

At present, the institute has about 360 employees and approximately 450 million SEK in total assets.

Subject area 

Structure determination of membrane proteins using cryo-EM.

  Subject area description 

G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are key transmembrane proteins that serve to transduce external stimuli to signals across the membrane and they constitute about 30-40% of all therapeutic drug targets. GPCRs are inherently allosteric and interact via distinct domains with both endogenous and synthetic compounds, proteins, metabolites, hormones and small molecules. Methodological breakthroughs have accelerated structure determination of GPCRs, however our understanding of the molecular basis of signaling complexes remain elusive.  We will characterize these complexes using structural, biophysical and pharmacological methods.


The successful candidate will work on the structure and function of select GPCR signaling complexes using a combination of structural, biochemical and pharmacological approaches. The candidates will be encouraged and expected to conduct their research independently and to plan and execute research tasks in a timely manner. The candidates are also expected to travel for data collection purposes and to participate in collaborations with other research groups (either within Sweden or abroad). Additionally, the candidates may also be asked to assist in supervision of Master’s or doctoral students.


The eligibility criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg. 

To be eligible for appointment as a postdoc, the applicant is required to have a doctoral degree, a doctoral degree in art or a foreign degree that is deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree. This eligibility requirement must be met before the employment decision is made. 

In the first instance, those who have completed their degree no more than three years prior to the end of the application period shall be considered. Those who have completed their degree more than three years prior to the end of the application period may also be considered in the first instance if special grounds exist. Special grounds relate to leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, commissions of trust within union organisations, service within the defence services or other similar circumstances, as well as clinical service or service/assignment relevant to the subject area. 

Assessment criteria 

We are looking for candidates with an interest in signaling, structural biology or pharmacology. The applicants must have a PhD in a relevant area of research such as medicine/biology/chemistry/pharmacology or related fields (for example structural biology, biochemistry or biophysics). The successful candidates should have extensive experience in cell cultivation (preferably eukaryotic cells), signaling, interaction studies as well as protein purification. Great emphasis will be placed on the candidate’s personal suitability for the position and interest in the subject area as well as their long-term research goals. The work involves close collaborations with other researchers and thus demands flexibility and a willingness to travel for data collection purposes.  Excellent communication skills (spoken and written) in English are a prerequisite for the position.

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.


The employment is full time and temporary, two years with the possibility of one year's extension, with placement at the Institute of Biomedicine. First day of employment as agreed.

Selection process 

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Contact information 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Linda Johansson; email:; telephone: +46(0)766183244.


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: 


Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.  

The application should contain:

- A cover letter giving a brief description of previous research experience, and a motivation to why you are applying

- A CV including a list of publications

- Proof of completed PhD

- Contact details of two references

Applications must be received by: 2024-04-30


Information for International Applicants 

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