A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the lab of Barbara Sixt at the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS, a part of The Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine) and the Department of Molecular Biology, at Umeå University, Sweden.
The recently established research group strives to apply state-of-the-art tools in molecular genetics, microscopic imaging, high-throughput screening, and next generation sequencing technology to uncover the hidden protective potential of pathogen-suppressed cellular defense pathways, to identify the molecular determinants of host defense and pathogenic countermeasures, and to find means to disturb their balance to the benefit of the host. The postdoc project involves the development and implementation of a CRISPR/Cas9 screening approach to dissect the molecular composition of a recently identified novel pathway of programmed cell death induced during infection with the obligate intracellular bacterial pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis.
The full-time scholarship is for 2 years (with possibility for a prolongation of postdoc employment depending on satisfactory performance). Starting date: As soon as possible.
MIMS provides a stimulating, collaborative, and highly international research environment with excellent access to modern research facilities. More information about the research environment can be found here: http://www.mims.umu.se/, http://www.molbiol.umu.se/english/.
The ideal candidate should have a PhD in molecular biology, cell biology, or microbiology (or equivalent). Thorough theoretical and practical knowledge in molecular and cell biology and documented practical experience with next generation sequencing technology is a prerequisite. Knowledge within the field of infection biology and/or bioinformatics skills is considered an advantage. The ideal candidate should be passionate about science and be willing to take on scientific and technical challenges. The candidate should be proficient in written and spoken English and is expected to work both independently and as part of an interactive team.
To apply for the fellowship, the applicant should prepare a single PDF (max 5 pages) containing: 1) a letter of motivation describing relevant experience and research interests, 2) a curriculum vitae including methods that the applicant has mastered, and 3) names and e-mail addresses for two or more references, with stated professional relationship with the applicant. Applications should be written in English.
We look forward to receiving your application!