Researcher in bacteriology

Updated: 9 days ago
Deadline: 16 Sep 2022

Published: 2022-06-28

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology is organized into seven research programmes which all focus on different areas of cell and molecular biology: Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Evolution, Molecular Systems Biology and Structural Biology. The scientific basis of what we do lies in biology, but our research overlaps with other areas such as medicine, computer science, mathematics, chemistry, engineering sciences and physics. In total, we are over 200 staff and ~60 Ph.D. students. Please read more about the department’s work at .

The current position is placed in a pandemic preparedness platform associated to Scilife lab and Sanna Koskiniemi’s research group within the Microbiology program. The new platform aims to measure prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in sewage to be able to guide the clinic about potential problems with treatment. The position is split so that 75% of it is within the platform and the remaining 25% is within Sanna Koskiniemi’s research group. The focus of this research group lies in understanding the role of bacterial toxin delivery systems in biology.

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The applicant is expected to co-ordinate and run the work performed at the platform with a high level of independence. The duties include traditional wet-lab work using microbiological and molecular biological techniques. Some bioinformatic analyses of genomes is also included. The position includes administrative duties such as co-ordination of the work, contacts with collaborators and scheduling of meetings within the platform but also up to 25% in Sanna Koskiniemi’s research group. Writing of scientific papers and oral presentations are part of the work and some teaching on courses given within the microbiology program can be included.

We are looking for a highly motivated applicant with a PhD in microbiology, molecular biology or another field that the employer assesses as equivalent. The applicant should have a genuin intresse in antibiotic resistance and is required to be able to work independenly.  As co-ordination is part of the duties, the applicant must have the ability to work with others and to uphold contacts with external partners.  The ability to independently perform advanced microbiological or molecularbiologic work, such as growth of microbes in pure culture, antibiotic susceptibility testing and bioinformatic analyses of genomes is an absolute requirement. The position is in an international environment and the ability to express yourself orally as well as in writing in english is important. Finally a large emphasis will be put on personal suitability such as: carefulness, personal maturity, loyalty, flexibility and communication skills. In addition the applicant is expected to take own initiatives, be self-going, work well with others, have good problem-solving ability and to work with reasonable structure and with good judgement. 

Additional qualifications

  • Documented experience with teaching on relevant courses is meriting
  • Documented ability to create advanced genetic mutations in bacterial genomes is meriting

Your application should contain:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter where research interests, merits and your interest in the position is explained (max 2 pages)
  • Publication list
  • Diplomas
  • Up to three recommendation letters
  • About the employment
    The position is temporary, 24 months. Scope of employment 100%. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

    For further information about the position, please contact: Sanna Koskiniemi, +46 18 471 66 83,

    Please submit your application by 16 September 2022, UFV-PA 2022/2734.

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    Placement: Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

    Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

    Pay: Individual salary

    Number of positions: 1

    Working hours: 100%

    Town: Uppsala

    County: Uppsala län

    Country: Sweden

    Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

    Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/2734

    Last application date: 2022-09-16

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