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Postdoctoral Research Opportunities in Infection Biology and Molecular Infection Medicine at Umeå University

Postdoctoral Research Opportunities in Infection Biology and Molecular Infection Medicine at Umeå University, Sweden

Deadline: April 9th, 2017

Several positions are open for postdoctoral candidates interested to do research in the highly interactive and multidisciplinary research environment UCMR – Umeå Centre for Microbial Research at Umeå University, Sweden.

UCMR includes The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) – the Swedish node of The Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. UCMR-MIMS researchers combine a strong molecular infection biology programme with chemical biology to clarify molecular mechanisms of microbial infections. We aim to recruit new postdoctoral scientists with competence and ideas that will strengthen the research environment and contribute to its renewal.

The programme is open to all nationalities and features of the positions include:

• Development of a project proposal forms the basis for recruitment
• Funding for research within a multidisciplinary environment
• Two years of secure funding
• Access to UCMR-MIMS-affiliated core facilities and technical platforms.

The positions are full-time for 24 months.

Applicants should have a PhD degree in a field relevant for the position preferably completed within the past three years.

Candidates for the UCMR-MIMS postdoc programme are encouraged to consider one of the UCMR-MIMS project ideas listed below. The PI of the considered project idea may be contacted for further information.

The candidates' merits and motivation for choice of project idea will be assessed by a panel of UCMR researchers. A selected group of applicants will then be asked to submit a research project proposal based on the chosen project idea followed by invitation to on-line interviews. Thereafter it will be decided if some applicants will be offered a postdoctoral position. The number of positions that will be filled is not predetermined but can be a maximum of six.


The application should include:

  1. a cover letter summarizing your academic background and qualifications;
  2. a separate motivation letter (maximum 2 pages) specifying: i) why you are interested in performing postdoc research studies within UCMR and ii) why in particular you wish to do this with the PI and project idea selected from our list.
  3. a Curriculum Vitae;
  4. a publication list;
  5. a copy of the official PhD degree certificate;
  6. names and contact details of at least two references.

For further information, please contact Professor Mikael Elofsson, UCMR, +46-(0)90-786 9328, mikael.elofsson[at]

Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO, +46-(0)90-786 52 96 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.

The application must be submitted electronically and all documents should be included in one single file in PDF format.

You apply electronically through the e-recruitment system of Umeå University MyNetwork and your application should be submitted by April 9th, at the latest.

LINK to the e-recruitment system of Umeå University

We welcome your application!

Project ideas:

Project title


ideas (short description)

Combining metabolomics and genomics to develop new approaches for diagnosing and understanding bloodstream infections caused by antimicrobial resistant bacteria in low-income setting Henrik Antti pdfpdf file
Mechanisms for transcriptional regulation of the Helicobacter pylori inflammation-­‐associated SabA adhesin Anna Arnqvist pdfpdf file
Characterization of the functional domains of the outer membrane protein P66 in Borrelia spirochetes. Sven Bergström pdfpdf file
Horizontal gene transfer: understanding the underlying structural and functional mechanisms in Type 4 Secretion Systems Ronnie Berntsson pdfpdf file
What governs cell wall architecture in Bacteria? Felipe Cava pdfpdf file
Type III secretion systems – towards an understanding of architecture, assembly and the orchestration of hierarchal secretion Matthew Francis pdfpdf file
Metabolomic profiling – focus on lipids - of vesicles bud off from pathogenic bacteria during various stages of pathogenic activity by non-invasive NMR Gerhard Gröbner pdfpdf file
Negative allosteric regulation of Enterococcus faecalis SmallAlarmone Synthetase RelQ by single stranded RNA Vasili Hauryliuk pdfpdf file
Exploring the Minisci-type reaction for covalent capture of nucletidoylated proteins Christian Hedberg pdfpdf file
Deciphering the assembly mechanisms of bacterial fimbriae: structure, assembly and function Karina Persson pdfpdf file
Mosquito-Borne Diseases: modeling and control Joacim Rocklöv pdfpdf file
Crystallographic studies of RNA-thermosensors in bacterial pathogens Elisabeth Sauer-Eriksson pdfpdf file
Mechanisms of type VI secretion systems and their utility as a therapeutic target Anders Sjöstedt pdfpdf file
Modulation of antimicrobial and inflammatory responses during fungal infection to identify new therapeutic targets Constantin Urban pdfpdf file


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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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