Postdoctoral fellow in bacterial proteomic analysis

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Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that chronically colonizes the stomach of almost half the world’s population and that can cause ulcers and gastric cancer. H. pylori’s resistance to antibiotics is rapidly increasing and more knowledge is needed in terms of virulence and colonization mechanisms and the bacterial interaction with the gastric mucosa. The Kaisa Thorell group is studying H. pylori and host-microbe interaction focusing on bioinformatic analysis of bacterial omics data. We study large datasets of for example whole genome sequences of bacteria from different parts of the world and with different level of disease association and also work with characterization of bacterial isolates and their interaction with human cells using RNA-seq, proteomics, glycomics, and other large scale data analyses. Dr Thorell was recently appointed as a fellow within the Swedish Data Driven Life Science (DDLS) program and the project will be performed within the DDLS framework.


The focus of the position will be to work with proteomic and glycoproteomic characterization of Helicobacter pylori with emphasis on an ancient ecospecies of H. pylori that we recently identified in regions of high gastric cancer risk (Tourrette, …Thorell, Falush. BioRxiv, 2024). The candidate will be responsible for mass spectrometry data analysis of proteins and glycans, including comparative proteomics. The work will be performed in close collaboration with the Proteomics Core Facility at University of Gothenburg, the national BioMS node for glycoproteomics and the group of Dr. Daniel Bojar at the same institution, experts in glycan analysis. We will mainly focus on outer membrane proteins involved in host-microbe interaction including microbial adhesion and the role of protein and glycosylation diversity for the ability to bind host glycans and other ligands. The project is performed in collaboration with several leading international groups in the field and depending on the candidate there is opportunity for exchange to other institutions.  


Requirements for the position are:

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • As a person you are strongly motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively with well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • You have documented experience within the proteomics/mass spectrometry field with emphasis on data analysis.
  • You have a background of experimental and/or advanced data analysis within life science, supported by a publication record.
  • For the position, it is required that you have very good oral and written communication skills in English in your daily work.

Meritorious for the position are:

  • Experience in comparative genomics or proteomics.
  • The ability to represent the research group at national and international conferences and workshops
  • Pedagogical knowledge and interest in supervision.

The group is young with engaged and ambitious colleagues as well as a creative, international and dynamic working environment. We have strong emphasis on cooperation, and where you will have the possibilities of taking part in and contribute with your experience to several other projects.

The applicant is expected to contribute to the research profile of the group. Ability to attract funding, a good publication record and experience of international collaborations is a merit.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability and ability to collaborate. 


Fixed term during two years full time (100%) at the Department of Chemistry and MolecularBiology. 

Contact information for the post 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Kaisa Thorell, +46(0)703-212946, [email protected]


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The application must include:

– CV including publication record and a description of your involvement in three selected publications.

– Personal letter describing why you are applying for the position.

– Contact details to two references.

Applications must be received by: 2024-06-11

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