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Postdoctoral fellowship in microbial ecology and environmental biotechnology – Umea, Sweden 2022

Sweden, Umeå University (UMU)

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science (Umeå University, Sweden) invites applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship to a project on microbes in pollinating insects in northern Sweden and their potential for biotechnological applications.

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
Fellowship/Scholarship: Umeå University Postdoctoral Scholarships Sweden
No. of Positions: 1
Eligibility (Gender):
Eligibile Nationals: All Nationals
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Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 years

Department of Ecology and Environmental Science
Umeå University (UMU)
Umea, Sweden

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Qualification Details

The candidates should have a PhD degree in pollination biology, microbial ecology, insect microbiology, plant microbiology, environmental biotechnology, or a related field. We seek highly motivated candidates with a broad experience in microbiological and molecular biological techniques applied on insects and plants. Priority is given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three (3) years before the application due date. A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this time may be considered if there are special circumstances, for example illness, parental leave, appointment of trust in trade unions or similar reasons. If so, this must be clearly stated in the application. Good ability to co-operate as well as to work independently and take initiative are required. Good skills in written and spoken English are required. Good skills in written and spoken Swedish is a merit. Experience on different microbiological and molecular biological techniques, phylogenetic analysis, entomology, palynology, plant ecology, statistics and programming are a merit. It is also a merit if the candidate is interested in outreach and interaction with schools and the public.

Responsibilities/Job Description

According to the lab interest

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page

Reference Number: Dnr: FS 2.1.6-1510-21
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

The full application should include:

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in the project and your suitability (max. 2 pages).
  • A CV, including a list of your publications
  • Copies of your doctoral thesis and relevant publications (maximum 5)
  • Certified copy of doctoral degree certificate and other relevant certified degree certificates.
  • Names and contact details (mail and phone) of three reference persons.
  • Any other documents you wish to refer to.

Your complete application, marked with reference number Dnr: FS 2.1.6-1510-21 should be sent in a PDF-document to medel@diarie.umu.se (state the reference number as subject) on April 28, 2022 at the latest.

About the Umeå University Postdoctoral Scholarships Sweden

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About the Project

Next to all complex organisms rely on some kind of microbial based symbiosis – this applies also for plants and their pollinating insects. The purpose of this project is to explore the role of beneficial microbes in pollination biology in northern Sweden. This is an interdisciplinary project as it is based on a mutual collaboration between microbiologists, entomologists,  plant ecologists and biotechnologists. The postdoc will be given opportunity to participate in different stages in this project – from sampling, microbiological analyses to first steps towards biotechnological applications. The fellowship is funded by a tax-free 2-year scholarship amounting to 288 000 SEK per year. The scholarship is for two years starting from February 1st 2022, or according to agreement. The project will mainly be performed at Umeå University, but may include periods at other research facilities.

About the Department

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science (https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-ecology-and-environmental-science/) carries out research and postgraduate education in ecology, environmental science and physical geography. The department has about 150 employees, about 15 of whom are post-docs.

About the Employer: Umeå University (UMU)

Note or Other details

The fellowship, which is on fulltime for two years, is expected to start April 1st 2022 or according to agreement.

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Contact details

For more information, contact Dr. Natuschka Lee (natuschka.lee@umu.se).

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