Post Doc in Bottom-Up-Assembly of Synthetic Plant Cells
Royal Institute of Technology School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

Postdoc Position in Bottom-Up-Assembly of Synthetic Plant Cells

School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Job description

Working with plant tissue or whole plants does not always allow us to improve our understanding of unique biological properties of specific plant cell types. In the case of animal cells, analysis of simplified model systems has been extensively performed to better understand complex biological processes. In comparison, similar approaches to better understand plant cells have not yet been as extensively established. In this project the aim is to further develop assembly protocols of artificial model plant cells (Plantosomes, Nature Communication 2020) using microfluidics. These biomimetic structures will possess certain properties and functions found in real plant cells.

The project focuses on microfluidics fabrication and characterization development in order to provide plant cell models that can be used for deeper understanding of the inherent properties of the cell wall, lipid membranes and integral membrane proteins in natural plant cells.

The present project will be in close collaboration with Malmö University , Sweden, and the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. Results will be published in scientific journals and presented at international conferences.

This is a 2 year Postdoc position. There will later be a Researcher position for 1 year announced as a continuation of the same project.

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
  • Works in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • An international project.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline (With some exceptions for special reasons such as periods of sick or parental leave, kindly indicate if such reason exists in your resume)

You have documented knowledge/working experience with at least two of the following;

  • Previous hands-on experience with microfluidics and double-emulsion generation
  • Working experience with (proteo)liposomes and giant vesicles.
  • Knowledge in colloidal chemistry
  • Expertise in advanced fluorescence microscopy

As a person:

  • You are highly creative, driving and motivated
  • You are able to work independently
  • You have a professional approach
  • You possess good ability to express yourself in both speech and writing.
  • You have collaborative abilities with scientists within the own and nearby research fields

Preferred qualifications

Knowledge and skills that are meritorious for the position:

  • A background in Synthetic Biology; Plant biology or equivalent.
  • Experience with Click Chemistry.
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality.
  • Teaching abilities.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH's webbpage.


Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to 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, publications and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research on synthetic plant cells, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

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.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2022-03-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2021-2426
Assistant Professor Anna J Svagan (Hanner),
Published 10.Dec.2021
Last application date 31.Jan.2022 11:59 PM CET

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