PhD position in Infection Biology Uppsala University, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology Sweden

PhD position in Infection Biology

Sort on published: 2018-11-15


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 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.


The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology (IMBIM) at Uppsala University constitutes a broad and international research and teaching environment with over 250 scientists, including over 40 PhD students. Research activities within the department focus on three principal domains: Biochemistry & Molecular Cell Biology, Genomics, and Microbiology & Immunology.


We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with the ability to work independently and with a strong interest in pursuing a PhD degree in Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology with specialization on infection biology at Uppsala University.


Project description and working tasks: Recently, we reported a novel strategy of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis whereby this human pathogen up-regulates the copy number of its virulence plasmid during infection (Wang et al. Science 2016). The research project will focus on exploring the molecular mechanisms regulating virulence plasmid copy number control in Yersinia. Using Type III Secretion System (T3SS) as a plasmid encoded function, we will also investigate the regulatory interplay between the T3SS and IncFII plasmid replication at the molecular level.


Qualifications: Candidates should hold a Master degree or equivalent (corresponding to 240 credits), with a focus on Cell and Molecular Biology, Infection Biology and/or Biochemistry. We are looking for a candidate with laboratory experience in cell and molecular biology with strong knowledge in microbiology and host-pathogen interactions. Experience in bacterial virulence and secretion systems is a requirement. Working knowledge in bioinformatics and statistics is highly appreciated. Very good oral and written communication skills in English are required. Emphasis will also be given on personal qualities such as collaboration and communication skills as well as analytical capacity. The candidate is expected to take own initiatives as well as to collaborate with national and international colleagues both within and outside of the group.


The selection is based on the following criteria: completion of the above qualifications, grades in relevant courses, suitability of the courses to the research program, previous experience in working and/or performing research in the wider area that relates to the project described above. An integrated assessment of the applicant is generated in order to employ the best possible candidate that can succeed in the doctoral studies and contribute to a positive development of the research program.


To be employed as a PhD student, the applicant must be accepted in the postgraduate program. Information concerning doctoral education, requirements and rules of admission can be found in: The length of the study period for full time employment is a maximum of four years. Terms for graduate studies can be found in Högskoleförordningen 5 kap §§1-7.


Formal Duties: The successful candidate will engage in research and doctoral studies. Other duties at the department, i.e. administration and teaching, may be included in the employment up to a maximum level of 20 %.


Application: Please submit your application by using the Uppsala University application portal, and by including i) a CV, ii) publications and/or a copy of master thesis or equivalent, iii) a letter describing your research interests, skills and motivation to apply for the position, together with iv) contact information of at least two referees (phone numbers and e-mail addresses).


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.


Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.


Starting date: As soon as possible.


Type of position: Full time position.


For further information about the position please contact: Dr. Helen Wang, phone: +46 (0)73 55 29 568.


Please submit your application by December 14, 2018, UFV-PA 2018/4017.


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Placement: Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology

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

Pay: Local agreement

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/4017

Last application date: 2018-12-14

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