The recently established Sixt lab at the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) at Umeå University seeks young investigators who are interested in joining the research team as postdocs or PhD students.
The Sixt lab strives to apply state-of-the-art tools in molecular genetics, microscopy, high-throughput genetic and small compound screening, and next generation sequencing technology, to study the molecular basis of cell-autonomous immunity and bacterial evasion mechanisms during infection with obligate intracellular bacterial pathogens, such as Chlamydia trachomatis.
MIMS constitutes the Swedish node of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine that was established to facilitate scientific collaboration between the partner institutes and to facilitate access to scientific infrastructure. MIMS is established within the Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR), an interdisciplinary center of excellence that includes more than 50 research groups, active in the fields of molecular and clinical microbiology, molecular biology, chemistry, and physics. Overall, MIMS thus provides a stimulating, collaborative, and highly international research environment with excellent access to modern research facilities.
More information about the lab and research environment:
Sixt laboratory (http://www.mims.umu.se/groups/barbara-sixt.html)
Nordic EMBL partnership (https://www.embl.de/research/partnerships/remote/nordic/)
The Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (http://www.ucmr.umu.se/)
Student Projects in Molecular Infection Biology
PhD positions will soon be announced on the official website of Umeå University.
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Molecular Infection Biology
Project: A next generation sequencing based approach to characterize a cellular defense pathway
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: preferred September 2018.
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 is a prerequisite. Candidates with documented practical experience with next generation sequencing technology will be preferred. 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.