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Postdoc in Host-Pathogen-Interactions and Genetic Screening – Sweden

Umeå University (UMU)


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The department provides a vibrant interfaculty research environment and there is access to a wide range of state-of-the-art imaging, metabolomics, genomics and screening facilities.

We are looking for a postdoc for a temporary position of two years on fulltime. Planned start in Autumn 2021 or as agreed.

General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: August 16, 2021 (GMT +2)
Joining Date: Sept, 2021
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Sixt lab
Department of Molecular Biology
Umeå University (UMU)

Qualification Details

Candidates must hold a University degree equivalent to a European University PhD degree in molecular biology, cell biology, or infection biology (or equivalent fields) at the time of the recruitment. To be eligible, you should have completed your PhD degree a maximum of three years before the end of the application period, unless special circumstances exist.

The ideal candidate should have academic ambitions and should be willing to take on scientific challenges. Candidates must have documented practical experience in working with human cell cultures and intracellular bacterial pathogens. Moreover, previous experience in molecular genetic manipulation of bacteria and human cells, genetic screening approaches and fluorescence microscopy is required.

Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English. Because the project will be of collaborative nature, candidates need to be able to work productively not only independently, but also in a team. Excellent communication skills are required for interacting effectively with senior colleagues and peers, including colleagues from complementary research fields.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Many pathogens have the capacity to invade human cells and to exploit the interior of their host cell as a replicative niche. While human cells have powerful defense programs that can restrict the growth of such invaders, suc­cessful pathogens evolved to counteract these defenses. A profound understanding of the molecular basis of this arms race could pave the way for innovative therapeutics. In this project, we aim to apply high-throughput genetic screening (e.g. CRISPR/Cas9 screening, siRNA screening, bacterial mutant library screening) to identify key players in host-pathogen interaction, cell-autonomous immunity and immune evasion during infection with the obligate intracellular bacterial pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis.

The work tasks include designing and performing experiments, presenting research results at conferences, and writing publications under supervision by the group leader.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

Your application must contain the following documents, written in English:

  • A CV with information on education, a list of previous and current employment, and a list of publications.
  • A copy of the Ph.D. certificate.
  • A cover letter describing your experience, match with the required qualifications, research interests,and motivation for applying for the position.
  • Contact details of two to three references

About the Department

The Sixt lab is part of the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), the Swedish Node of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, and part of the Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR), an interdisciplinary research centre devoted to top quality research and novel applications in the field of microbiology. You can find more information about us at

About the Employer: Umeå University (UMU)

Note or Other details

For more information about The Department of Molecular Biology please visit our web page

Contact details

For questions regarding the position, please contact the project supervisor: Barbara Sixt (

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