Postdoctoral Project in Molecular Infection Biology (Proteomics-Lipidomics) at Umeå University

    MIMS (The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden)
    Biological sciencesOther
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    30/09/2020 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Sweden › Umeå

Project: The obligate intracellular bacterial pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis is the leading infectious cause of blindness and the most common bacterial agent of sexually transmitted diseases and infertility. The pathogen has a unique developmental biology. Moreover, within the host cell, the bacteria replicate inside a membrane-enclosed vacuole called inclusion. Our knowledge of the biogenesis of the inclusion and of its interactions with host organelles is scarce. In this project, we aim to illuminate these fascinating aspects of host-pathogen interaction using proteomic, lipidomic, and microscopic approaches.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have a PhD in molecular biology, cell biology, or microbiology (or equivalent; but note the project is not suitable for chemists or pharmacologists if they have only limited knowledge in molecular biology). Thorough theoretical and practical knowledge in molecular and cell biology is a prerequisite, which includes practical experience with human cell culture and fluorescence microscopy. Candidates with previous practical experience in the field of infection biology will be preferred. Experience with proteomic and lipidomic analyses is an advantage, but not absolutely required. The ideal candidate should have academic ambitions and should be willing to take on scientific and technical challenges. The candidate should be proficient in written and spoken English and is expected to work both independently and as part of an interactive team.

Project duration: 2 years (with possibility for further prolongation depending on satisfactory performance).

Starting date:  end of 2020 (can be negotiated)

Application: The applicant should prepare a single PDF (max 5 pages) containing: 1) a letter of motivation describing the applicant’s interest in the project and how the applicant’s previous experience and skills can contribute to the project, 2) a curriculum vitae including a description of the methods that the applicant has mastered, and 3) names and e-mail addresses of two or more references, with stated professional relationship to the applicant. Applications should be written in English. The application PDF should be sent to the research group leader (Barbara Sixt, email: barbara.sixt@umu.se). Applications are possible from now until a suitable candidate was found.

Research environment: The selected candidate will be part of the Sixt lab, which is affiliated with the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) at Umeå University. MIMS is part of the Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR) that includes researchers active in the fields of molecular and clinical microbiology, molecular biology, chemistry and physics and is also closely connected to the university hospital. MIMS also constitutes the Swedish node of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine that was established to facilitate scientific collaboration between the partner institutes and to facilitate access to scientific infrastructure. Overall, MIMS provides a stimulating, collaborative, and highly international research environment with excellent access to modern research facilities.

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