Umeå University, Medicinska fakulteten

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 34,000 students and 4,000 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.

Project description

We are announcing a postdoctoral position in mechanisms of nerve growth and tumor interactions at the Department of Integrative Medical Biology. The position is in Associate Professor Sara Wilson’s research group (

The project focuses on the signaling between nerves and tumors resulting in nerve plasticity (such as growth and remodeling), tumor growth and metastasis. You will engage a systematic strategy to identify mechanisms of nerve/tumor interactions by (i) examining how nerves form/grow/remodel and migrate normally during embryo development and (ii) pathologically in tumor models with an initial focus on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC).


  • Emphasis is put on the applicant’s suitability for the current project.
  • Eligible to apply are individuals with a PhD or equivalent scientific skills. Priority will be given to applicants who graduated within three years before the application deadline.
  • A background in developmental biology or cancer is required.
  • Technical experience with the following is required: imaging, especially confocal, tissue dissection, histological techniques, cell culture, cell migration analysis, tumor models, embryonic vertebrate models - especially mouse handling and genetics and chicken or mouse embryo electroporation.
  • A qualification, which permits working with mice in Sweden, is an advantage although full training will be given.
  • A requirement is the ability to work both independently and within a team.
  • The ability to communicate in written and spoken scientific English is a requirement.


Application for the fellowship should include

  1. A brief cover letter (about one page) that describes the applicant’s research experience, research interests, and suitability for the project.
  2. Curriculum vitae including information about academic degrees (with verifications), technical expertise, employments, list of publications, and names and contact information for two references.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Sara Wilson, e-mail:, Department of Integrative Medical Biology, Umeå University.

The position is for two years. Start date: 2020-10-12, or upon agreement.


Other information

The application must be made via the Varbi e-recruitment system and be received by 2020-09-18, ref. no AN 2.2.1-1108-20.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2020-10-12, eller enligt överenskommelse
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1108-20
  • Sara Wilson,, +46 90 7869378
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 25.Aug.2020
Last application date 18.Sep.2020 11:59 PM CET

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