Doctoral Student In Phd Project In Bio-Imaging Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

Göteborg University
September 29, 2023
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Imaging mass spectrometry combines the specificity of mass spectrometry with precise spatial localization. At the University of Gothenburg we have led the development of secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) for the analysis of biological, including clinical specimen the implementation of gas cluster ion beams (GCIBs) for analysis.

A PhD student is sought to undertake a project developing and applying imaging SIMS for biological analysis. The multidisciplinary project will involve instrument and technique development along with biological applications and the implementation of new data handling approaches.

General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university's doctoral student pages.

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The PhD student will perform research on the development and application of secondary ion mass spectrometry for molecular pathology.

The student will be expected to contribute to undergraduate teaching in the department of chemistry and molecular biology and the co-supervision of bachelor/ master students.

Education at third-cycle level comprises four years of full-time study, and leads to a doctoral degree.

As part of your employment as a doctoral student, you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration.


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:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification,
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
  • 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 program of relevance to the planned third-cycle program, 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).

    Assessment criteria

    Applications are invited from enthusiastic and motivated individuals with qualifying educational backgrounds in chemistry/biochemistry or related subject areas.

    The student will be required to develop a deep understanding of the SIMS technique, theory and instrumentation and so relevant experience specific to this area will be a significant advantage.

    Additional experience with analytical mass spectrometry may also be beneficial.

    In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account.


    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 soon as possible based on agreement

    Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1993:100.

    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.

    The University applies a local agreement on salaries for doctoral students.

    Contact information

    John Fletcher: [email protected]


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    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.

    You must include the following, in PDF format

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
  • Proof of completion of English 6 course or the acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies
  • Two references (name, e-mail, telephone number, relation)
  • If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that can verify the degree at our request.

    You can apply to be admitted for education at third-cycle level via the University of Gothenburg's recruitment portal.

    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.

    Applications must be received by: 2023-09-29

    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.

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