Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

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.

We are searching for a PhD that for 15 months will examine how chemical compounds can affect different bacterial pathogens using biochemical, microbiological and molecular biology methods. Last day of applying is 2021-04-30.

The Department of Chemistry is the largest department within the Faculty of Science and Technology and has about 200 employees, of which about 40 are postdocs and with a strong and expanding research. Three major research areas, Biological Chemistry, Environmental and Biogeochemistry and Technical Chemistry bring together the department's research and education in chemistry. We are also a strong partner within KBC, Chemical-Biological Centre. You will work in a research environment that offers a strong focus and depth in biogeochemistry, but also a wide range of expertise and research infrastructure within the KBC environment.

Work tasks
The working tasks includes examining how and if different chemical molecules can affect survival, growth and/or infectivity of different bacterial pathogens (mainly Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecium) and identify the mechanism of action of the compounds.

You will use chemistry methods (e.g. gelshift, SPR, fluorescence quenching), bacteriological (e.g. bacterial growth, survival and infectivity using cell cultures) and molecular biology experiments (e.g. DNA and RNA-sequencing, cloning, transformation, western and northern blot) will be conducted.

You must have a doctoral degree in Molecular Biology. It is required that you have a documented experience working with chemical, bacteriological and molecular biology techniques to determine the function/activity of chemical molecules for the growth/survival and/or virulence in bacterial pathogens. You should have a documented experience writing in English.

Your application should contain a personal letter with motivation for why you are applying for the job, a CV, a copy of the relevant diploma and other relevant certificates/grades as well as names and contact details of two reference persons.

Applications must be submitted via our e-recruitment system no later than April 30 2021.

Terms of employment
The employment is full time as a Senior Research Engineer for 15 months. The employment will start as soon as possible.

For more information please contact Professor Fredrik Almqvist,, phone: 090-7866925.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology with approximately 200 employees, of which approximately 50 doctoral students, and a strong and expanding research. The Department has three major research areas: Biological Chemistry, Environmental and Biogeochemistry, and Technical Chemistry. We are also a strong partner in the KBC, Chemical-Biological Center. Information about the postgraduate education can be found on the Faculty of Science and Technology website:


Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible or by agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-522-21
  • Fredrik Almqvist, 090-786 69 25
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 09.Apr.2021
Last application date 30.Apr.2021 11:59 PM CET

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