PhD Position in Microbiology
Uppsala University Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

PhD-Student Position in Microbiology with Focus on Investigation of Microbiota for Understanding Spatial Patterns in Malaria Mosquitoes

Published: 2021-06-04

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology is one of the most international, broad and distinguished molecular bioscience departments in Europe. The department comprises seven research programs with about 130 employees. Please read more at

This PhD position will be in the groups of Olle Terenius and Staffan Svärd.

General description: The groups’ research focuses on how insects move in nature based on knowledge of their microbiota, something we call Insect CSI. By obtaining a unique microbial profile of thousands of bacterial sequences from each insect, we get information about its life history including where it comes from. Specifically, this project concerns malaria mosquitoes in different parts of Africa where knowledge of the mosquitoes’ lives and movement patterns will have a major impact on how to fight malaria. You will also be involved in analyses of the microbiota in humans and animals infected by the intestinal parasite Giardia intestinalis.

Duties: The Ph.D. student will primarily focus on postgraduate studies where bioinformatics analyzes of microbiome data will form the main activity together with DNA extraction and PCR. Other duties related to teaching and administrative work may be involved, up to a maximum of 20% of the time. Information about doctoral education, eligibility requirements and admission rules can be found at the faculty website, http://www.

Requirements: The applicant must have a master’s degree in biology or biotechnology with a focus on molecular biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology or microbiology. You must be highly motivated in your studies and your research and have a good ability to work independently. You should have a great interest in driving the development of the research as our group is the first in the world to systematically use microbiota as a basis for spatial analysis of insects. The applicant must have a good ability to work independently as well as in a group. A prerequisite is good written and oral knowledge of English, as the work takes place in an international environment.

Additional qualifications:

  • Previously documented experience of bioinformatics analyzes of microbiomes or microbiota
  • An ability to teach in Swedish.

The application: Your application is preferably written in English and must include:

  • A personal letter where you describe yourself, your research interest, your experiences and why you are interested in the position (max. 2 pages).
  • A CV containing your education and other qualifications and a copy of your diplomas and list of publications.
  • Please provide contact information to reference persons and recommendation letters from prior research supervisors.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: Autumn 2021 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact:
Olle Terenius, , for administrative questions contract HR-generalist Frida Österdahl, e-mail

Please submit your application by July 15th 2021, UFV-PA 2021/1705.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/1705

Last application date: 2021-07-15

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