Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Biosciences

Updated: over 1 year ago
Deadline: 01 Sep 2023

Ref. No. SU FV-4846-22

at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute . Closing date: 09 January 2023.

Research at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute (MBW) experimentally addresses fundamental problems in molecular cell biology, integrative biology, and infection and immunobiology. State-of-the art and advanced methodologies are applied in a professional research environment characterized by its well-established international profile. The institute has 30 research groups with a research staff of 170, of which 60 are PhD students. Read more about MBW at .

Project description
The Postdoc position is available in the laboratory headed by Associate Professor Kristina Jonas. The Jonas lab is a dynamic and international research team investigating the molecular mechanisms that allow bacteria to adjust their growth rate and mode of proliferation in response to changing environmental conditions. This specific project aims at understanding how bacterial growth and cell cycle progression are affected by nutrient starvation and genotoxic stress conditions. The project will make use of Caulobacter crescentus, a powerful model for bacterial cell cycle studies. In addition, some of the work will be transferred to selected bacterial pathogens to explore how cell cycle regulation under stress contributes to pathogenicity. Multidisciplinary approaches, including genetics, biochemistry as well as state-of-the-art imaging techniques and high-throughput sequencing approaches will be used. Please visit for further information about the research group.

Main responsibilities
We look for an ambitious and goal-oriented postdoctoral researcher to join the group. The primary responsibility is to carry out research within the area of bacterial cell cycle regulation and stress responses.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. The assessment of research skills will focus primarily on merits within the subject area of the position. Candidates are expected to have a strong background in microbiology, genetics and cell biology. Experience in studying bacterial cell division and stress responses on a molecular level is highly beneficial. Excellent English skills are a requirement.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 2023-02-01 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Dr. Kristina Jonas, telephone: +46 8 16 25 80, [email protected] .

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, [email protected] , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, [email protected] , and [email protected] (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position .

You are welcome to apply!

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