PhD student in Chemistry with specialization in Analytical Chemistry

Uppsala University

Application deadline

May 23, 2024

PhD student in Chemistry with specialization in Analytical Chemistry

Uppsala University, Department of Chemistry – BMC

The Department of Chemistry – BMC conducts research and education in analytical chemistry, biochemistry and organic chemistry. More than 100 people, including around 45 PhD students, work at the department. New employees and students are recruited from all over the world and English is the main working language. The department is located at the Biomedical Centre in Uppsala, which facilitates collaborations with research groups in biology, pharmacy, medicine and SciLifeLab and gives access to advanced infrastructure for experimental and theoretical studies. The international environment and good opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations enables PhD students at the department to participate in relevant research projects and prepare for an international research career.

Read more about the research at The Department of Chemistry – BMC at our website

We are looking for a PhD student to develop analytical methods that will enable the study of bioactive lipids in tissue using mass spectrometry imaging. A concrete goal will be to enhance the signal of bioactive lipids for detection and mapping in tissue. After development, the method will be applied to compare healthy and diseased tissue to explore the role of various bioactive lipids in, for example, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes and cancer.

The project involves chemical imaging of tissue using high resolution mass spectrometry and nano-DESI, development of chemical reactions to increase signals, molecular characterization with tandem mass spectrometry, quantification and data handling with image analysis.

The project requires you to be involved in all the steps of the project and collaborate with researchers focused on biomedicine and pathology. You will be working at the absolute forefront of the field and develop methodologies, both by doing experiments and analyzing the data.

Tasks may include:

  • Independent planning and performance of experimental work
  • Identification and publication of the results
  • Scientific collaboration within and outside the group
  • Communication of the results
  • Development of the methods

You will be given extensive creative space to develop the project and resources to produce cutting edge results. You will be part of our highly collaborative team, which strives for excellent research. You are expected to grow into an independent researcher at the end of your PhD.

The position is placed in the Lanekoff research group. The group has the goal to develop and use novel analytical methods to chemically map tissue and cells to uncover chemical processes of importance for biological function and dysfunction. The research at the interface of chemistry, biology and engineering has resulted in high profile grants and publications. Find more information on google scholar.


The main duties of PhD students are to devote themselves to their research studies, which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (not more than 20 % of full time). 


  • To be eligible for doctoral education, a basic higher education equivalent to at least 240 ECTS credits, including at least 60 ECTS credits at Master’s level, including an independent project equivalent to at least 15 credits, or has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way, more information about the general requirements can be found here.
  • Special eligibility to doctoral studies in Analytical Chemistry requires that the doctoral student has passed courses in chemistry, or courses in areas relevant to analytical chemistry, of at least 90 credits or that he/she has acquired equivalent knowledge abroad. More information about the subject specific requirements can be found here.
  • Very good English proficiency in speech and writing.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities such as good collaborative skills, motivation and independence, as well as how the applicant through his/her experience and competence is judged to have the abilities necessary to develop within and acquire the doctoral education.

Additional qualifications

We are looking for a highly driven person, who shows clear signs to perform research work independently and can work effectively in a team. Primarily, we are looking for a candidate with a master’s degree in chemistry that is focused on analytical chemistry. Experience in mass spectrometry and analysis of lipids are meriting.

Doctoral students are normally engaged for some teaching at undergraduate and graduate level. Previous experience from teaching/mentoring, even from environments outside the school/university, as well as other outreach activities may therefore be meritorious.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University’s rules and guidelines.

About the employment

The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Ingela Lanekoff, 018 471 36 93,

Please submit your application by 23 May 2024, UFV-PA 2024/1504.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? Find out more about what it´s like to work and live in Sweden.

Uppsala University is a broad research university with a strong international position. The ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a difference in society. Our most important asset is all of our 7,600 employees and 53,000 students who, with curiosity and commitment, make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces.

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at Uppsala University

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University’s recruitment system.

Last updated: 2024-05-02

Content Responsible: Hampus Persson(