The position is linked to the research project “Molecular basis of heat and desiccation tolerance of bacterial cells and spores”, funded by Nestec Ltd, Lund University and the Swedish Research Council. The research work will be carried out at the Division of Biophysical Chemistry, which belongs to the Center for Molecular Protein Science in the Department of Chemistry. The Division is located at Lund University’s Center for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (Kemicentrum). Kemicentrum is one of the largest research units for chemistry in Scandinavia with a staff of ca 400 and a yearly research budget of ca 350 million SEK. Research within the Division of Biophysical Chemistry ranges from water physics and nuclear spin relaxation theory to fundamental and applied problems in the life sciences, with a focus on protein interactions and dynamics.
All known life forms depend on water, but certain organisms, including bacteria, can survive lengthy periods of extreme dehydration (desiccation). This anhydrobiosis phenomenon is often coupled to high intracellular levels of certain disaccharides. The most stress tolerant life forms are endospores. These survival capsules, produced by some bacteria when deprived of nutrients, can remain in a metabolically dormant state for many years.
Application Deadline is 2011-01-31
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