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.

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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.

Background and description of work tasks

Cancer metastasis and treatment resistance remain major clinical challenges. The molecular mechanisms that drive cancer metastasis to vital organs and allow metastatic cancer to quickly acquire treatment resistance to current therapies are poorly understood. The research project is to study the role of key factors that might be responsible for cancer metastasis to distant organs and to explore targeted treatment strategies to overcome treatment resistance.

This is a pilot study (4 months) with the aim of investigating the potential of the project to be appropriate for a grant application, PhD- or post-doc project.

It's aims are to:

1. To examine alterations of cancer specific pathways, including lipid kinases and KRAS associated survival and metastatic signaling pathways, in tumor tissues and samples.

2. Apply cancer-immunology and translational cancer research approaches to study novel therapeutic agents in inhibiting cancer metastasis

3. Apply flow cytometry of cell sorting and single cell-based RNA-seq, immunofluorescence analysis, molecular biology analyzes, cell culture model and mouse models in the projects.

The selected candidate will under supervision of the group leader use the advanced methods in cancer biology and immunology including flow cytometry analysis of cell sorting, immunofluorescence analysis, molecular biology analyzes, cell culture model and mouse models. The selected candidate will also learn the tools for documentation and present the findings.


The candidates for this position must hold a University degree equivalent to a European University Master degree (240 ECTS) in molecular biology (or equivalent fields) at the time of the recruitment.

The candidate should have experiences from studies in experimental cancer research, cancer immunology, biomedicine with a focus on the treatment of cancer cells, flow cytometry analysis, and animal models with certificates and biochemistry analysis skills such as immunoblotting and immuno-precipitation methods.

The candidates need to be fluent in spoken and written English.

The candidates should be highly motivated and able to work productively in a team.

Excellent communication skills for interacting effectively with senior colleagues and peers are required.

How to apply

You apply through our recruitment system at the latest September 20th 2021. Your application must contain the following documents written in English or Swedish:

  • A CV with information on education, a list of previous and current employments, and a list of publications.
  • A cover letter describing your research experience and interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • Contact details of one to three references.

Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO, +46-(0)90-786 52 96 and

ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.

For questions regarding the position contact Jenny Persson, Professor of Basal Tumor Biology,

We welcome your application!

More about us

The Jenny Persson lab is specialized in Cancer Research at the Department of Molecular Biology. You can find more information about us at in Swedish. Or in English.

Type of employment Temporary position 3-6 months
Employment expires
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreed
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1275-21
  • Jenny Persson,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 13.Sep.2021
Last application date 20.Sep.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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