Postdoctoral position in single-molecule characterization of artificial protein motors

    • Application Deadline
      23 March 2023
      (application date has expired)
    • Job Salary
      £39,000 to £41,000 SEK/month before tax
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    • Contact Name
      Prof. Heiner Linke

    The position is placed at the Division of Solid State Physics at the Department of Physics, a division with around 100 employees where extensive research is carried out centered on various aspects of nanophysics, ranging from materials science to bio- and quantum physics to various applications. The division is a central part of NanoLund, Lund University's large interdisciplinary research Centre on nanoscience and nanotechnology.

    A significant part of the research at the division is in the area of nano-biotechnology. The department hosts the ERC Synergy Grant ArtMotor (PI Heiner Linke), which aims at designing and building functional, synthetic protein motors, and to detect their movements along a DNA-track. The aim is to construct, step by step, an autonomous protein motor capable of transducing chemical energy to move along a track.

    Responsible for the position are Prof. Heiner Linke at the division of solid state physics and Assoc. Prof. Peter Jönsson at the division of physical chemistry, both at Lund University. Heiner Linke has long-term experience in the development of molecular motors and is a PI in the ERC Synergy ArtMotor project. Peter Jönsson is an expert in high-resolution fluorescence microscopy and single molecule studies.

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    We offer
    You will be included in a team of researchers at NanoLund, a highly visible nanoscience center that offers excellent career development, an open and inclusive research environment with an active community of PhD students and postdocs, and access to a wide range of state-of-the-art capabilities within characterization, nanofabrication and modelling.

    Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee Work at Lund University

    Subject description
    ArtMotor’s aim is to design, synthesize and characterise autonomous, artificial molecular motors based on proteins. The proteins will be developed and prepared by the collaboration partners Birte Höcker (University of Bayreuth, Germany) and Paul Curmi (UNSW, Sydney, Australia). Our role in the project is to support the design process, and to perform single-molecule experiments that show the protein motors motion.

    Work duties
    The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. You will work closely together with a PhD student, giving you the opportunity to gain advising experience. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position includes the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. The purpose of the position is to develop the independence as a researcher and to create the opportunity of further development.

    Thus, the project´s research tasks are to:
    1. Develop fluorescence-based methods to detect individual steps of motors at nanometer-precision.
    2. Use this to optimize and characterize the motor while it moves along a defined DNA track.

    Methods may include bioanalytical and biochemical methods, fluorescence microscopy, TIRF, microfluidics, surface modification, nanofabrication and image analysis.

    The postdoctoral project will also be done in close collaboration with the other ArtMotor partners Birte Höcker (University of Bayreuth, Germany) and Paul Curmi (UNSW, Sydney, Australia). Research visits to one or both of the collaborator’s groups can be part of the project.

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