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Postdoc in Innate Immunity (Gekara Lab)

We are looking for a postdoc in Innate Immunity to the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) ( The position will be placed at The Department of Molecular Biology at Umeå University. The position is initially for two years with a possibility for extension. It will start 2017-03-31 or at a later date as agreed.

Project description - mechanisms of innate immune regulation during infection and inflammation

We are interested in understanding the mechanisms that govern the regulation of pattern recognition receptor signaling pathways and how the breakdown of such regulation influences the outcome of infectious or inflammatory diseases ( Recently we have identified a number of new signaling molecules involved in the regulation of the innate immune system (e.g. Panda S, Nilsson JA, Gekara NO. Immunity. 2015 Oct 20;43(4):647-59; Härtlova A, et al., Immunity. 2015 Feb 17;42(2):332-43 and Erttmann SF, et al., Immunity. 2016 Jul 19;45(1):106-18). The goal of this project is to investigate their molecular mechanisms during infection and inflammation.


You have a Ph.D. exam in immunology, cell/molecular biology, biochemistry or related fields at the time of recruitment. You are proficient in spoken and written English and have good communication skills.

Desirable qualifications

Expertise in microbial-host interactions is a merit as well as proficiency in cell culture, transfections, lentiviral /retroviral approaches for gene manipulation, immunoprecipitations, western blotting, ELISA, RT-qPCR and other cell/molecular biology techniques is required.

Work duties

Design, perform and analyze experiments and write papers. The work will involve performing animal and cell culture infection experiments and the analysis of inflammatory signaling processes by biochemical, cell/molecular biological techniques.


You apply latest 2017-02-28 through the e-recruitment system MyNetwork ( ). Quote the reference: AN 2.2.1-1749-16.

The application shall include:

  • A CV with information on education a list of previous and current employments
  • A list of publications
  • A personal letter containing research experience and interests, motivation for applying for the postdoctoral position
  • Contact details of three references.

Documents sent electronically should be in MS Word or PDF format.

We look forward to receiving your application!

More about us:

MIMS ( is the Swedish node in the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine ( and hosted with the multidisciplinary Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR,

For informal inquiries please contact Nelson O Gekara
(e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel: 090-785 08 20).

More information about Umeå University is found here:



Emmanuelle Charpentier about MIMS (2015):
“A sense of high-level education and high-level research, a respect for excellent research, an understanding of support for basic research, for long—term training of PhD students and understanding that good research also comes with time, good working conditions, a sense of community joining forces and reduced administrative burden, respect for junior scientists.” 

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