PhD position, Antimicrobial resistance

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Department of Biomedical Science and Veterinary Public Health conducts research in the areas infection biology, antimicrobial resistance, food safety, risk substances, pharmaceuticals, environment and cause, development and control of diseases.

Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics conducts research focusing on animal breeding, molecular genetics, quantitative genetics and bioinformatics. 

PhD position: Project on the dynamics of antimicrobial resistance 

The dynamics of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on macro- and micro level are largely unknown. The livestock environment may serve as a hotbed for AMR. In the project, samples from the environment in Swedish pig production will be collected and analysed by metagenomcis and bioinformatics. Data on risk factors and environmental data affecting the emergence and spread of AMR will be collected. Statistical methods will be used for further data analyses. You will explore the pattern of resistance in the farms, how it changes over time, and investigate how AMR can be linked to different risk factors. 

You will work in a transdisciplinary research group with researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Scinces (SLU) and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden.

This position is connected to the Uppsala Antibiotic Center (UAC), and the recruited PhD student will be part of UAC’s graduate research school. UAC is a center for research, education, innovation & awareness founded in 2015 to bring together, stimulate and support important research on antibiotic resistance from all three disciplinary domains at Uppsala University: Medicine and Pharmacy, Science and Technology, and Humanities and Social Sciences. The doctoral student positions and graduate school are central parts of UAC with the goal of educating a new generation of researchers with broad knowledge and willingness to contribute to combating the problem of antibiotic resistance. For more information about UAC: 


You must have a MSc in a relevant subject area such as biology. Experience of laboratory work and knowledge in metagenomics and next generation sequencing is a requirement as well as experience of working in Linux or Unix. You will work in an interdisciplinary research environment and therefore proficiency in English (both spoken and written) is required. You must have a strong motivation for doctoral study and high emphasis is also placed on personal characteristics such as interpersonal skills, analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently. Previous experience of bioinformatics, programming and AMR studies is a merit as well as practical experience of developing different workflows for metaganomics and analyses of metagenomic data.   

Place of work:            

Uppsala, Sweden

Forms for funding or employment:

Employment as a PhD student (4 years)

Starting date:

September 1, 2021. 


We welcome your application no later than 2021-06-01, use the button below.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to: 1) a written application describing the motivation for applying for the positions and research interests, as well as addressing the required and desired qualifications 2) a curriculum vitae that includes publications (if any), 3) certified copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, 4) a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, 5) certified knowledge of the English language.  An interview be the final part of the selection for top candidates.

If the applicant is a non-swedish citizen we require a certified copy of the page in the passport with the applicant's personal data and photography.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

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