Postdoc. in Structure determination of membrane proteins using cryo-EM

Postdoc. in Structure determination of membrane proteins using cryo-EM


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.We are currently seeking several highly talented, innovative and results-driven persons for postdoctoral positions in structure determination of membrane proteins using cryo-EM in the Johansson laboratory at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

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 candidates 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 
Help for applicants

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


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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: 2023-01-10


Information for International Applicants 

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The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.


  • Arbetsplats: Göteborgs universitet
  • 1 plats
  • 6 månader eller längre
  • Heltid
  • Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön
  • Publicerat: 20 december 2022
  • Ansök senast: 10 januari 2023


Universitetsplatsen 1
Göteborg, 40530

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