PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Biology (Mechanism of photosynthetic water-oxidation) Sweden

At this time we are looking for a PhD student to work in the project Mechanism of photosynthetic water-oxidation. You will work on solving the mechanism of water oxidation in photosynthesis by employing several biophysical techniques, which include membrane-inlet mass spectrometry, NMR relaxation, fluorescence, thermoluminescence and EPR spectroscopy.With these techniques you will study the binding affinities of substrate water to the water oxidizing complex (OEC) in various mutants, the photo assembly of the OEC and the thermodynamic properties of the water-splitting reaction. You will also grow and isolate your samples and perform theoretical analyses. The student will be working under the supervision of Professor Johannes Messinger.

Admission requirements

We are looking for a PhD candidate with enthusiasm for experimental work, who has also an interest in theoretical calculations. A solid background in Chemistry, Physics, Biology or in another relevant field is expected.

The general admission requirements for third-cycle study programmes are a second-cycle degree and completed courses carrying at least 240 higher (ECTS) education credits, at least 60 of which were awarded in the second-cycle, or substantially equivalent knowledge otherwise acquired in Sweden or abroad. The Faculty Board may grant an exemption from the general admission requirements for an individual applicant if there are special grounds for doing so (Higher Education Ordinance, Ch 39).

Anyone who, prior to July 1, 2007, had acquired qualifications meeting the general admission requirements for third-cycle studies then in force, i.e. first-level studies comprising at least 120 credits, or substantially equivalent knowledge acquired in Sweden or abroad, shall be deemed to meet the current general entry requirements, but no later than until the end of June 2015 (Higher Education Ordinance, Ch. 12, item 11).

The specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in chemistry are studies in chemistry, or some other subject deemed to be directly relevant for the specialisation in question, comprising at least 90 higher education credits, including one or more second-cycle courses carrying at least 15 credits, or equivalent qualifications. As successful applicant you will work within a stimulating and interdisciplinary research team. Thus, enthusiasm, the ability for good team work, and a very good command of the English language, both written and spoken, are key qualifications. Proficiency in Swedish is advantageous.

Further information 

The positions are aimed for PhD studies and research leading to a PhD exam. The position includes a competitive salary for a period of four years research time, provided that expected study and research results are achieved. The position may also include part-time teaching (normally up to 20%). If so, the total time for the position is extended accordingly (up to maximum five years). The position is planned to be filled August 3, 2015 or as soon as possible.

The procedure for recruitment for the position is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance (chapt. 12, 2 §) and the decision regarding the position cannot be appealed.

Submitting your application

You apply through our recruitment system. Log on to the system and apply via the button at the bottom of the web page.

The application must consist of curriculum vitae, academic records including diplomas and report cards of all University-level classes. The application must also contain a cover letter describing the applicant’s motivation to apply for the position. The complete application should be written in English (preferred) or Swedish. Contact information of a least two references with academic positions must also be included.

All electronically submitted material should be in MS Word or PDF format.

The application is to be submitted June 11, 2015 at the latest.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Johannes Messinger, 090-786 5933,

The Chemical Biological Centre (KBC, at Umeå University is a creative and interactive environment, comprising six departments and two research units, with direct access to excellent instrumentation and facilities. A group of KBC-researchers from the departments of Chemistry and Physics, and the Umeå Plant Science Centre, makes up the core of the research environment Solar Fuels ( recently prioritized as a strong research environment by Umeå University) and the Artificial Leaf project ( supported by a 4.5 million EUR grant from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation). Within this highly stimulating and interdisciplinary research environment we aim to develop the energy systems of the future. The research is focused primarily on the development of catalysts, chromophoric materials and devices for the direct conversion of solar energy into sustainable fuels, but also on certain aspects of natural photosynthesis. The current position is located at Department of Chemistry, which employs over 230 academic and support staff (

Umeå University wants to offer an environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. In each recruitment we aim to increase diversity and the opportunity to affirmative action. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

We look forward to receiving your application!