PhD student in Molecular Biosciences

Updated: over 1 year ago
Deadline: 02 Apr 2023

Ref. No. SU FV-4888-22

at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute . Closing date: 4 February 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 180, of which 65 are Ph.D. students. Read more about MBW at .

Project description 
This Ph.D. student position is available in the laboratories headed by Assoc Prof. Noushin Emami and Prof. Anna-Lena Spetz. The research aims to increase the understanding of malaria parasite transmission and to developt novel control tools to reduce parasite transmission in affected communities. The project addresses the effect of natural metabolites on the malaria parasite (P. falciparum), and the manipulation of the human and vector hosts.

The Ph.D. student’s specific aim is to clarify why malaria mosquitoes are attracted to specific human hosts, by increasing our understanding of the volatile compounds induced by natural metabolites, along with a comparison of volatiles emitted by exposed blood. We will assess the effect of the metabolites on the olfactory system of the vector by mapping and modeling the antennal transcriptomes from infected (parasite in replication stage inside mosquito midgut) and infective mosquitoes (parasite in salivary glands and ready to transmit to new host), and also evaluating the behavioral changes of infected and infective mosquitoes exposed to novel metabolites. The second aim is the development of a novel “lure” to be used for the mass trapping of mosquitoes. During the course of this project, we will confirm that the natural-induced blend attracts wild mosquitoes. This will be done both in semi-field enclosures and under field conditions.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of molecular biosciences stipulates that applicants should have at least 120 credits at the bachelor level in molecular biology, biology, chemistry, or a similar subject. Candidates who have other documented qualifications, obtained in Sweden or elsewhere, that are judged to provide equivalent knowledge are also qualified.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates’ documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. Experience in human malaria parasite tissue culturing, and insect breeding or entomological studies will be an asset. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations .

Terms of employment 
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

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

For more information, please contact Assoc Prof. S. Noushin Emami, telephone: +46 8 16 49 30, [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] , [email protected]  (SEKO), and PhD student representative, [email protected] .

Apply for the PhD student 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 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 degree projects/theses
  • Project proposal/Research proposal 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.
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 6 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).

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