Postdoc in theoretical chemistry with focus on photoactive proteins


Application deadline

February 19, 2024

Postdoc in theoretical chemistry with focus on photoactive proteins

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

Job description

We are looking for a postdoc in theoretical chemistry with focus on light-induced processes in
photoactive proteins, for a joint project “Enligthening biology: bridging time-resolved experiments in silico” between the Department of Chemistry, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Department of Science and Technology, Linköping University.

Within this project, two postdocs will work on developing and applying workflows and methods to
enable (1) automated and systematic QM/MM excited-state dynamics simulations of photoactive
proteins (this postdoc position) and (2) extraction of meaningful information from the complex, feature rich simulation data with the aim to elucidate the functional core of photobiological systems and contribute to our knowledge base for designing new photoactive proteins with potential use in life sciences. This position will drive the QM/MM simulation side but will work in close collaboration with the other postdoc to facilitate the development of novel analysis and visualization techniques.

You will be employed in Nanna H. List’s group which is a part of the Division of Applied Physical
Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry. As postdoc, you will principally carry out research. A certain amount of teaching may be part of your duties, up to a maximum of 20% of working hours.

The project is financed by two of the largest research programs in Sweden, the Wallenberg AI,
Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) and the SciLifeLab and Wallenberg National
Program for Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS), with the ultimate goal of solving ground-breaking
research questions across disciplines.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A doctoral degree, or an equivalent foreign degree, in chemistry, physics or other related subject. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • Excellent knowledge of theoretical and computational chemistry
  • Advanced programming skills in C++, Python, or similar
  • Proven skills in terms of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as experience with theory and code developments for molecular simulations, or similar.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a diverse team
  • Strong interdisciplinary communication skills. This position involves a high degree of collaboration with computer scientists focused on visualization and data analysis.
  • Excellent oral and written proficiency in English, since this is required in the daily work.
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • Expertise in QM/MM simulations.
  • A keen interest in knowledge sharing, including mentoring and teaching.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills.

Trade union representatives

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To apply for the position

Log into KTH’s recruitment system in order to apply for this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English if the original documents have not been issued in English.
  • Publication list.
  • Brief account of your past research, your future research interests and especially how they relate to this project (no more than two pages).
  • Contact information of at least two references

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


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Last updated: 2024-02-01

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