PhD Position in Molecular Life Sciences
Uppsala University Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

PhD-position in Molecular Life Sciences

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with 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 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 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 six research programs with about 130 employees. Please read more at (

The group of Magnus Johansson seeks a doctoral student to would like to join the team. The group is located at the Biomedical Center (BMC) in Uppsala (, in the immediate vicinity of the Uppsala node of Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) (, a national infrastructure that provides service in genomics, bioinformatics and related areas in life science. The research in Johansson’s group is focused on protein synthesis, and they develop new fluorescence based methods to study protein synthesis kinetics directly inside living bacterial cells.

General description: The aim of the PhD project, which is part of an ongoing project in the lab, is to find the key parameters defining the efficiency of mRNA translation and co- or post-translational targeting and processing of polypeptides inside the living cell. In order to achieve this, the current experimental and analytical systems for single-molecule tracking in the lab need to be further developed and extended. This work includes, e.g., fluorescence labeling of key components of the protein synthesis machinery, but also, depending on the skills and interest of the PhD student, mathematical modelling of reaction-diffusion systems.

Duties: The Ph.D. student shall primarily focus on postgraduate studies, but other duties related to teaching and administrative work may be included in the work description 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,

Requirements: The applicant must have a master's degree in Molecular Biotechnology/Biophysics/Biology or within a subject which the employer considers to be equivalent. Documented experience with practical lab work is a requirement. The applicant must have good ability to work independently as well as in a group. Good written and oral knowledge in English is a prerequisite, as the work takes place in an international environment.

Merits: Knowledge of and experience in mathematical modelling and/or computer programming is desirable but not required to be considered for the position.

The application: Your application must include:

  • A cover 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, list of publications and other qualifications, and copies of diplomas.
  • Please provide contact information to reference persons and/or 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: 01-01-2021 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: Magnus Johansson, For administrative questions contract HR-generalist Frida Österdahl, tel. +46(0) 18471 4416,

Please submit your application by 5 November 2020, UFV-PA 2020/3293.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Type of employment: Heltid , Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sverige

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/3293

Last application date: 2020-11-05

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