Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest higher education institutions with over 37,000 students and about 4,700 employees. The University offers a diversity of high-quality education and world-leading research in several fields. Notably, the groundbreaking discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was made here. At Umeå University, everything is close. Our cohesive campuses make it easy to meet, work together and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture.

The ongoing societal transformation and large green investments in northern Sweden create enormous opportunities and complex challenges. For Umeå University, conducting research about – and in the middle of – a society in transition is key. We also take pride in delivering education to enable regions to expand quickly and sustainably. In fact, the future is made here.

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Umeå University is currently seeking a senior research engineer for cryo electron microscopy cryo-EM) to join the Umeå Centre for Electron Microscopy (UCEM) team. The appointment is financed with the support from SciLifeLab, which through the Cryo-EM facility delivers service, user training and access to electron microscopes and image analysis. Application should be submitted before June 7th 2021.

Work tasks
As a senior research engineer you will deliver expertise and support scientists in planning and carrying out electron microscopy (EM) image acquisition and analysis during research projects, mainly in medical and biological research. You will be part of research school teaching and user training in EM. The work includes installation, operation, maintenance and service of instruments and computer systems, and assist researchers with sample preparation, data collection and cryo-EM and tomography image analysis. You will also administrate courses and user support for PhD students and postdocs, and act as a contact person between UCEM and other Swedish and international EM facilities. Work is scheduled together with the UCEM staff team and conducted individually together with collaborators and facility users. Our working language is English.

We are looking for a person with PhD in structure biology, molecular biology or equal. You have great experiences of EM (TEM, SEM, FIB and/or cryo-EM) sample preparation, instrument operation and image analysis skills. Extensive knowledge and a strong interest in developing your skills in image analysis for 3D electron microscopy (tomography and single particle analyses) is required.

You have the ability to work independently, can be flexible and approach new challenges, such as establish new methods and participate in several parallel projects. It is important that you can collaborate around receiving and transmitting method capabilities, as well as excellent communication skills to freely express yourself in both written and spoken English. You take initiatives, are creative, service-minded and realise the pleasure in helping scientists and research projects to reach results. Emphasis is placed on technical skills (experiences in EM methods and image analysis) as well as a strong personal motivation to work with research infrastructure and service functions.

Instructions for application
An application should contain a personal letter describing the applicant’s motivation, aim with the employment, references to research projects with EM usage, CV, PhD certificate and other relevant diplomas, grades and documents, and provide names and contact details of two referees.  

The application must be submitted before June 7th, 2021. You apply via our e-recruitment system. Please log in and use the link provided below.

This is a two-year employment, to be started as soon as possible or upon agreement.

For further information contact UCEM director Linda Sandblad,, tel 070- 9324936

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible or by agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-742-21
  • Linda Sandblad, 070-9324936
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 07.May.2021
Last application date 07.Jun.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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