Project Assistant in Biology

Lund, Skåne (SE)
Oct 05, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jan 03, 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, biologiska institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Subject description
Odorant receptors are involved in resource discrimination and mate finding in moths. Many moths in diverse Lepidopteran families use similar pheromone components, detected by receptors that in some cases are closely related and in other cases have diverged remarkably but retained functional characteristics. The same holds for receptors involved in bark beetle pheromone communication and host detection. This project aims at identifying structural characteristics of moth and bark beetle odorant receptors and to investigate how these receptors may cope with anthropogenic changes in the olfactory landscape of insects. The project will involve modelling of receptor-ligand interactions, mutagenesis and structural studies using cryo-EM and x-ray crystallography.

Work duties
The main duty is to conduct research within the Max Planck Centre for Next Generation Insect Chemical Ecology (nGICE), a high level cooperation between Lund University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), and The Max Planck Society. The succesful candidate will work within the nGICE Max Planck center, and is expected to collaborate with colleagues at the partner institutes and partly work there.

Work duties include:

  • Characterization of olfactory receptors
  • Modelling of receptor-ligand interactions
  • Mutagenesis
  • Overexpression and purification of receptor proteins
  • Bioinformatics, molecular biology, cell assays
  • Structural studies using cryo-EM and x-ray crystallography


  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English
  • Strong skills in bioinformatics, molecular modelling, molecular biology, receptor physiology
  • Experience working with heterlogous expression systems
  • Experience with electrophysiology
  • Knowledge about and strong interest in structural studies of olfactory proteins

Other merits

  • Doctoral degree or equivalent

Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject area. Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the nGICE center, and how they stand to contribute to the center’s future development.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment for 6 months. The position will start as soon as possible, according to agreement. For questions/more information, please Contact Professor Christer Löfstedt, +46462229338,

Instructions on how to apply
Applications should include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the employment corresponds to your qualifications. The application should also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts. 

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