Researcher in Microbiology
Uppsala University Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Researcher in Microbiology

Sort on published: 2019-05-20


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This position is located at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (ICM) with a focus on understanding biological factors important for growth in and colonization of host and selection for antibiotic resistancestarting. ICM has a strong and international research and teaching environment and is organized in six major research programs (please read more at The current position is located within the research group of Sanna Koskiniemi (, within the Microbiology program.

Project description

The proposed project will take place in an active research group in the Microbiology program at ICM. The focus of this research group lies in understanding the role of bacterial toxin delivery systems in biology. Bacterial toxin delivery (e.g. bacteriocins, type 6 secretion and contact-dependent growth inhibition systems) has previously been shown to be important for antagonistic interactions, allowing bacteria with these systems a competitive advantage in environments where resources for growth are scarce and shared with other bacteria. In this project, the focus lies on understanding how these systems contribute to bacterial colonization of a new host. 


The position is a fulltime equivalent (100%) but divided between two different projects so that 60% will be within the Koskiniemi research group and 40% of the time will be spent on projects with the Andersson group. The projects in the Andersson group focus on understanding selection of antibiotic resistance in animal models with primary focus on mice work.  Other duties include general bacteriological laboratory work (pure-cultures, growth rates, strain constructions), bacterial infection experiments in mice, and molecular biological work such as PCS, Sanger and Illumina sequencing and bioinformatic analyses. The position includes some administrative duties (up to 10%) related to the project; e.g. contacts with collaborators, animal facilities and participation in and scheduling of meetings. Scientific writing and editing as well as research presentations are a natural part of the position. Teaching (up to 20%) can be included in the position if there is a need at the microbiology program.


We are looking for highly-motivated applicants with a PhD in infection biology and documented experience in working with bacterial infections in mice. The applicant is expected to design and drive multiple project regardin bacterial infections in mice independently. Documented expertise in bacterial infections of mice and bacteriological laboratory work is therefore required for the position. As the position is located in a international setting, good written and oral skills in English is a requirement. Finally, significant weight will be given to personal suitability such as; personal maturity, flexibility, loyalty, articulateness and stability. The applicant is expected to work well with others, have good problem-solving ability, be service minded and self-going.


- Previous documented experience of work using flow cytometry and microscopy techniques as well as ability to create genetic mutations in bacteria are meriting

-Molecular biology skills such as PCS, Sanger and Illumina sequencing and ability to perform bioinformatic analyses are meriting.

-Previous teaching expertise and relevant pedagogical training (for university teachers) can be meriting if in a relevant area for the course given within the microbiology program.


Please submit your application including:

1) CV

2) a letter describing your research interests, skills and motivation to apply for the position (max 2 pages)

3) diplomas

4) list of publications  

5) up to three reference letters.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Pay: Individual salary

Starting: As soon as possible  or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position of 12 months 

Working hours: fulltime 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Sanna Koskiniemi, tel. +46 18 471 66 83,

You are welcome to submit your application no later than June 17th 2019 to UFV-PA 2019/1607.

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Placement: Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

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

Pay: fast månadslön

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben 

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/1607

Last application date: 2019-06-17

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