Postdoc Researcher Position in Umea University, Sweden

Postdoctoral position in Diet, gut microbiota and mucus function at Umea Uni, Sweden 2022


Postdoctoral position in Diet, gut microbiota and mucus function is available for doctoral degree candidates in Biochemistry at the Department of Molecular Biology, Umea University, Sweden 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Jun 01, 2022
Contract Period: 2 years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Molecular Biology

Umeå University (UMU), Sweden


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Qualification Details

A person who has been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate in Biochemistry is eligible for appointment as postdoctoral researcher. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time at which the appointment decision is made.

The ideal candidate must have practical experience with ex vivo mucus function analyses as well as gut microbiota research, including anaerobic culturing techniques (e.g. anaerobic chamber, bioreactor). Furthermore, experience in bioinformatics (whole genome sequencing and/or 16S rDNA amplicon sequencing) and experience with animal models are required. Furthermore, the fellow needs to be organized, highly motivated and be able to work productively in a team as well as independently. Fluent oral and written communication in English is essential for this project.

Additional useful qualifications 

Since appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is a career-development position for junior researchers, we are primarily interested in applicants who completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the application deadline. If there are special reasons, an applicant who has completed their degree earlier than that may be considered. Special reasons include absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical practice, appointments of trust for a trade union organisation or other similar circumstances, and for relevant duties/assignments within the subject area.

The postdoctoral researcher must demonstrate scientific productivity through publications in internationally peer-reviewed journals. Previous experience in the fields of host-microbe interaction, working with industry partners and/or colonization of microbiota-depleted mice are strong merits. The fellow should be willing to take initiatives and have international working experience. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

Responsibilities/Job Description

With the aim to develop novel strategies to strengthen the mucosal barrier, this research project aims to test how specific food components affect gut microbiota composition and intestinal mucus function. The project will be carried out in the Schröder lab in collaboration with an industry partner. The position will include a combination of in vivo experiments, gut microbiota modulations, bioinformatic analyses as well as state-of-the-art mucus measurements and imaging techniques.

Work responsibilities

The specific work responsibilities of of the postdoctoral researcher include:

  • Test how specific dietary supplements affect mucus penetrability in alive tissue.
  • Test how specific dietary supplements affect mucus growth rate in alive tissue.
  • Collect and analyse tissue and stool samples from in vivo experiments.

The selected candidate will use a combination of animal and in vitro studies to reach these aims. Work tasks also include designing, performing and documenting experiments, presenting research results at conferences, and writing publications under supervision by the group leader.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: AN 2.2.1-668-22

Application Procedure

The application is made through our electronic recruitment system and must be received latest 28th of April 2022. The application must be written in Swedish or English. A full application should include:

  • A brief description of your research interests and a statement describing why you are interested in the position.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with publication list,
  • Certified copy of doctoral degree certificate,
  • Certified copies of other diplomas, list of completed academic courses and grades,
  • Copy of doctoral thesis and relevant scientific papers,
  • Contact information of two or three reference persons.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

The appointment is a full-time, fixed-term position for two years in accordance with the terms of contract for fixed-term employment as a postdoctoral researcher from 1 February 2022.

More information about our research can be found on our website

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Contact details

Björn Schröder, 0907856769

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