Umeå University, Medicinska fakulteten

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

At Umeå University, everything is nearby. Our cohesive campus environment makes it easy to meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture where we rejoice in each other's successes.

The Faculty of Medicine, which consists of 13 departments, is responsible for biomedical research and courses in the field of nursing and health care and has an extensive research and graduate education in more than 80 subjects.

Umeå Core Facility for Electron Microscopy (UCEM) and Biochemical Imaging Centre Umeå (BICU) are two research infrastructures at Umeå University providing state-of-the-art microscopes and equipment including STORM, Cryo-EM, Spinning disk and Dual Beam-SEM. Together, the facilities form one of the nodes in the VR-funded National Microscopy Infrastructure (NMI). The node in Umeå is specialized in combinations of light- and electron microscopy, so-called correlative microscopy. The NMI node in Umeå now seeks a first research engineer to be recruited for a technical service function responsible for correlative microscope methods, to guide the facility's users and to be responsible for the daily operation of microscopes and preparation equipment. The employment is limited to 2 years with the possibility of extension, starting in summer 2017 or by agreement.





Work tasks

The position means that you will provide researchers with expert advice in the planning and implementation of correlative microscope experiments, preparation of samples, mainly in medical and biological research areas. The tasks include responsibility for the maintenance of the instruments and the development of methods, independent planning and implementation of analyzes, evaluation of data and summary in reports. You will maintain and monitor the daily use of fluorescence and electron microscopes, as well as serve as a contact between the users, the facility and the instrument vendor's service technician. You must be able to take responsibility for technical development, as well as user training and service within the platform.


You have a PhD in engineering, science or medicine. You have extensive interest, theoretical knowledge and practical experience in microscopy, preferably a combination of fluorescence and electron microscopy. The work requires experience from electron microscopic methodology, e.g. sample preparation for TEM, analysis and 3D image processing. Excellent computer skills, software experience of 3D reconstruction and tomography are particularly meritorious. You are well-organized, a good team player, and appreciate working in a group. Good ability to communicate in English both in speech and in writing is required. You take your own initiative and can independently take responsibility for experimental work and presentation of results.

Other desired qualifications

We are looking for a person who is efficient, educational and service minded. Great emphasis is placed on technical skills and experience with correlative microscopic work in cell biology, as well as laboratory work with various molecular biology methods. Experience with other microscopic techniques is meriting, especially FIB-SEM and cryo-EM, AFM or super-resolution fluorescence microscopy.

Instructions for the application

The application should contain; 1) a personal letter with motivation, 2) CV, 3) publication list and 4) other support that reinforce your suitability for the position, in particular documented experience of correlative microscopy. Also include the names and contact details of two reference persons.

Further information is provided by Dr. Linda Sandblad, UCEM Director, +46 (0) 70 9324936, or Dr. Richard Lundmark, BICU Director, + 46- (0) 70-620 2464,

The application must be made via the MyNetwork Pro e-recruitment system and be received by 2017-05-22.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Summer 2017, or upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-777-17
  • Dr Linda Sandblad,, +46 (0)70 9324936
  • Dr Richard Lundmark,, +46-(0)70-620 2464
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 13.Apr.2017
Last application date 22.May.2017 11:59 PM CET

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