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PhD student in Psychology: Gothenburg Longitudinal study of Development (GoLD)

The Department of Psychology has approximately 160 employees, and is engaged in extensive research and educational activities. There is a very high demand for all programs at the department.


The present position is related to, among other projects, the ongoing longitudinal research project Gothenburg Longitudinal study of Development (GoLD) in which the participants have been followed since they were 1-2 years old. In the latest waves of the longitudinal study, the main aim has been to unravel issues dealing with personality and identity development. In the next wave of the study, when the participants are 37 years old, there will be a focus on work/family priorities, identity and personality. We are looking for a PhD student with special interest in research questions concerning identity, personality and work/family priorities and an interest in analyses of longitudinal and interview data (both thematic analyses and narrative analysis). The PhD student is expected to have experience of interviewing individuals on sensitive topics.

Doctoral education normally includes four years of full-time study, comprising of work with a thesis project (165 higher education credits) and courses (75 higher education credits). Some courses are obligatory, while others are elective. The primary task for the PhD student is to complete the thesis work under supervision. A PhD student is expected to develop his/her own ideas and communicate scientific results both orally and in writing. This is done in part through the completion of a scientific thesis. The position may furthermore include lecturing and other departmental duties, resulting in extension of the employment period for a corresponding length of time.


Experience of working with psychological research is an advantage as well as experience of having done interviews with individuals on sensitive topics. You must be confident in academic writing, and in speaking English and Swedish. The position requires planning ability, analytical thinking and being able to work independently.


Basic and specific eligibility are prerequisites for entry to doctoral education.

To meet basic eligibility requirements, the applicant must have:

–          completed a second-cycle degree,

–          completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 credits are in second-cycle courses, or

–          have acquired equivalent knowledge in some other way, either in Sweden or abroad

To meet specific eligibility requirements, the applicant must have:

–          completed at least 90 higher education credits of first-cycle courses in psychology, in addition to

–          at least 60 higher education credits of second-cycle courses, of which at least 15 higher education credits are in scientific methods, as well as a thesis of at least 15 higher education credits, or

–          knowledge equivalent to that listed above, acquired in another manner

Selection criteria

We are looking for motivated individuals with an interest in scientifically-based development in the field of psychology.  Assessment of applicants who meet the basic and specific eligibility requirements is based on the ability to benefit from doctoral education.  In making this assessment, particular weight is given to documented qualifications regarding:

In making the appointment, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies will be given particular weight. Great emphasis is placed on the student’s past thesis/dissertation work, and any previous research-related work. Good ability to communicate orally and in writing in English is a requirement.

Applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an interview.  This interview can be completed in English, and in some cases via the internet.


The starting date for the position will be decided in agreement with the successful applicant. Regulations for employment of PhD students are outlined in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those accepted for doctoral studies can hold the position.  Note that the decision on the appointment of PhD students cannot be appealed.

A new appointment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The appointment can be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time. The total period of employment must not exceed the equivalent of four years full-time doctoral studies.

Contact details

Enquiries concerning the content of the position can be made to Professor Ann Frisén, ann.frisen@psy.gu.se

For general enquiries regarding the doctoral program, contact the Postgraduate studies officer, Ann Backlund, ann.backlund@psy.gu.se 031-786 1637

Union organizations

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



You can apply for admission to the doctoral program through the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal, by clicking on the “Apply” button.  Do not forget to attach the requested documents.  The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is completed in accordance with the advertisement details, and for ensuring that the application is submitted to the university before the deadline.

Applications must be received no later than 2018-04-09


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Post expires on Monday April 9th, 2018

Doctoral position in NMR-based Structural Biology

Research and graduate education at the department of chemistry and molecular biology comprises a wide scientific field from the atomic and molecular levels all the way through cells to intact organisms. Much of the phenomena studied here impact on our natural environment and living systems. We participate in undergraduate programs in chemistry, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, biology, marine sciences, and pharmacy. A third cycle education at our department will lead to a Ph.D. in Natural sciences, or Natural sciences with a specialisation in Chemistry. Ph.D. studies comprises four years at the post graduate level. The time period can be extended to 5 years in total through teaching and/or other departmental duties.

The group of Björn Burmann uses state of the art NMR-spectroscopy to study large molecular complexes underlying basic cellular functions at the atomic level in combination with other structural biology methods and biophysical characterization. Our group will use E.coli based expression for specific isotope-labeling suited to study large proteins and their respective molecular complexes playing an integral role in mitochondrial DNA maintenance and protein quality. Results of previous studies into transcription regulation as well as protein quality control at the atomic level have been published in top journals (Burmann et al. Science 2010/Burmann et al. Cell 2012/Burmann et al. NSMB 2013/Thoma, Burmann et al. NSMB 2015/Morgado, Burmann et al. Nat. Comms. 2017). More details on our research can be found at: www.wcmtm.gu.se/research-groups/burmann

Job assignments

The PhD project, financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, aims at advancing our molecular understanding of the function and regulation of DNA maintenance within mitochondria and how this system is also coupled to the protein quality system. Mitochondrial malfunction is at the heart of a multitude of different diseases. The PhD student will be exposed to a broad range of scientific tasks and research questions that require a genuine interest in and knowledge of a multitude of scientific aspects ranging from basic biochemistry to advanced structural biology methods (not restricted to NMR-spectroscopy only, as it is planned to also apply X-Ray crystallography or cryo-electron microscopy whenever indicated by our data) and biophysical characterization. Methods in microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and biochemistry will also be used.


To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements:
A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programs if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification,
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies, applicants must: (i) have a second-cycle (advanced-level) degree in a relevant* subject area in the natural sciences, or (ii) have completed studies for at least 60 higher education credits at a second-cycle level in relevant subject areas in the natural sciences, or (iii) have completed a corresponding programme of relevance to the planned third-cycle programme, in Sweden or in another country, or have equivalent qualifications.
*Relevant for the planned third-cycle education
The specific entry requirements also include an acceptable command of spoken and written English. Guidelines for assessing English proficiency may include a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL test (or 213 on the TOEFL-CBT, or 79 on the TOEFL-iBT).


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.
We seek a talented and dedicated student eager to pursue a career in structural biology. You should be open-minded, eager to learn, and have a genuine interest in science. The graduate student will be exposed to a broad spectrum of scientific tasks as well as questions related to the project and in turn a genuine interest in as well as knowledge of biochemistry and structural biology is mandatory. Educational courses and other previous experience with protein expression and purification of nucleic acid interacting proteins, expression and handling of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), isotope-labeling for NMR studies, molecular biology, biophysical characterization, chemical biology, and biochemistry work is considered as an advantage. Furthermore, experience in biophysical analysis and mathematics is considered as an additional merit. You should be able to work independently as well as in a team and communicate well in English.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, Four years full time
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg
First day of employment: as agreed

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.
A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The Appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.
University applies local agreement on salaries of graduate students.

Appointment procedure

Please apply online

The application shall include:
Cover letter with an explanation of why you apply for the position
CV including scientific publications
Copy of exam certificate
Two referees (name, telephone no, relation)

For further information regarding the position

Björn Burmann, Ass. Professor, +46 (0) 31 786-3921, bjorn.marcus.burmann@gu.se
Göran Hilmersson, Head of Department +46 (0) 31-786 9022, hilmers@chem.gu.se
Martin Billeter, Director of third cycle education, +46(0) 31-786 3925, martin.billeter@gu.se
Helena Bergkvist, Human Resources Administrator +46 (0) 31-786 9116, helena.bergkvist@gu.se


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.
Closing date April 30 2018

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.
Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.
Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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Post expires on Monday April 30th, 2018