Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten

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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.

We are looking for a project assistant to the project “Decoding adaptation strategies of human bacterial pathogens to combat bacterial infections”  It is a temporary position for four months with start by agreement.


Project description and description of work tasks

Chronic infections are well-recognized clinical problems that contribute to development of antibiotic resistance. Existing antibiotics act on a limited number of pathways in bacteria and expanding the set of bacterial factors that can be targeted is urgently needed. This project aims to identify bacterial determinants that can be explored as targets for new antimicrobials by revealing mechanisms and/or determinants that are critical for bacteria to maintain infection in humans. The current project will be performed within an ongoing research program funded by Swedish Research Council on how to combat human bacterial infections by investigating bacterial transcriptome profiles of infected human specimens in combination with PATHOgenex ( dataset and usage of biocomputational analyses. The work tasks include designing and performing experiments and writing reports under supervision of the group leader. 

As project assistant you will work under supervision to:

• 1) Identify bacterial pathogens in the infected human specimens

• 2) Find bacterial metabolic pathways that are active during infection

The selected candidate will handle infected human specimens for RNA extraction and use microbiology, biochemical and molecular biology techniques including NGS library preparation and bioinformatic analyses and document and present the findings.

This is a pilot study (4 months) with the aim of investigating the potential of the project to be appropriate for a PhD project.



You 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. You should have documented experience with Microbiology and Molecular Biology technics, RNA extraction from different sources, Bioinformatics towards NGS data. Experience in using the Machine learning algorithms on NGS data is an advantage. 

You need to be fluent in spoken and written English. You 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.



You apply through our recruitment system at the latest August 8th 2022. 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.

We welcome your application!


More about us

The Kemal Avican’s lab is part of the Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR), an interdisciplinary research center devoted to top quality research and novel applications in the field of microbiology and Icelab, an interdisciplinary hub that actively promotes various events and activities where researchers from different disciplines meet to identify and discuss connections.

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Type of employment Special fixed-term employment
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreed
Salary Montly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1126-22
  • Kemal Avican,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 16.Jun.2022
Last application date 08.Aug.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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