Department of Integrative Medical Biology

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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.

A postdoctoral position in experimental biomedical research is now available at The Laboratory of Experimental Ophthalmology and Musculoskeletal Research at the Department of Integrative Medical Biology, Umeå University. The project is funded by the national Swedish Research Council (VR).

Description of the position:

We are looking for an enterprising postdoc, with great bench-experience from experimental biomedical research, to perform studies on the pathophysiology of different conditions affecting epithelium and connective tissues, with emphasis on the cornea of the eye.

Our research team focuses on mechanistic aspects of wound healing in epithelium and connective tissue, and of collagen scar formation, more particularly the role of the collagen producing cells. We aim at unravelling intra- and intercellular signalling pathways that may be targets for future drugs interfering with wound healing and scar forming processes, particularly in the cornea. The role of the collagen producing cells in wound healing is evaluated in vitro, in a three-dimensional cell culture model, as well as in vivo in an animal model.

The role of the new postdoc in the project would be to lead experimental corneal research studies under the supervision of the group leader (the professor who is PI of this project) and the assistant group leader (assoc. prof.), as well as to support junior staff in adjoining projects (preferably studies on similar tissues within the musculoskeletal system).

The position will include a lot of challenging bench-work, as well as independent work on project design and advanced data analysis. The research is performed in collaboration with clinical researchers at the Dept of Clinical Science, Ophthalmology, at the University Hospital of Umeå, as well as with researchers at the Shandong Eye Institute, Quingdao, China, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.


Eligible to apply are individuals with a PhD in a relevant field, or equivalent scientific merits.

Priority will be given to applicants who graduated within a maximum of three years prior to the application deadline.

We are looking for a talented and motivated candidate with a record of productive research, and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

A strong background in molecular biology/biomedicine and/or bioengineering is highly desirable, in particular ample experience of molecular/biochemical laboratory techniques and experience from work on cell cultures.

It is presupposed that the candidate masters scientific English and have good general communication skills in English (written and verbal).

The candidate’s collaborative skills and suitability for the project are especially considered in the assessment of the candidate's qualifications.

Application for the position should include:

  1. A short cover letter (not more than 1 page) to include a brief summary of your research experience and interests, and a short statement telling why you are interested in this position.
  1. Curriculum Vitae including: copies of appropriate certificates, list of scientific publications, list of technical expertise, education, and names and contact information for at least two reference persons.

For questions, contact Assistant Group Leader, Associate Professor Ludvig Backman, E-mail:

Project title: “Mechanisms of wound-healing and scar-formation in the human cornea”

PI: Professor Patrik Danielson, MD, PhD 

The position is for two years. Start date February 1st, 2020 or according to agreement.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment February 1st 2020, or upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1706-19
  • Associate Professor Ludvig Backman,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 18.Nov.2019
Last application date 16.Dec.2019 11:59 PM CET

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