Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine

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.

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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.

About the project 

We offer a position as a Project Assistant for 12 months to study replication of staphylococcal bacteriophages using a multidisciplinary approach: genetics, biochemistry and structural biology, such as electron cryomicroscopy (cryoEM) and X-ray crystallography. The research will take place in a well-funded (Wallenberg Foundation) research group. The Umeå Core Facility Electron Microscopy is well equipped with several state-of-the-art microscopes. 

Mobile Genetic Elements (MGEs) are intrinsically related to pathogenesis, antibiotic resistance and one of the main factors in bacterial evolution. Thus understanding how MGEs express their genes and replicate their DNA is critical for our success combating bacterial infections. We study three important MGEs in Staphylococcus aureus: i) Staphylococcal Cassette Chromosome (SCC elements), responsible for Methicillin Resistance S. aureus or MRSA; ii) staphylococcal bacteriophages and iii) Staphylococcus aureus Pathogenicity Islands (SaPIs), both phages and SaPIs have fundamental roles in bacterial plasticity and pathogenesis.  


Competence requirements 

To be eligible for the position you need to have a Bachelor in biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, or related discipline. The applicant should be able to prove that she/he has laboratory experience at the postgraduate level, specifically, we are seeking applicants with experience in expression and purification of recombinant proteins, hands-on experience in cryoEM data screening and collection, as well as SPA cryoEM data processing. 


We expect the candidates to be able to work independently and as part of a team. Good oral and written communication skills in English are required. Candidates with bench work experience with radiolabeled probes involving DNA polymerization reactions are encouraged to apply.


The application

Please apply through the University's e-recruitment system.

The application must be received by December 22nd 2022 and is to include:

A cover letter detailing the motivations for applying

  • CV/resume including a complete list of publications
  • The contact information of 2 references
  • Copy of the bachelor’s degree certificate or University’s official transcript of the postgraduate courses performed by the applicant


For further information, please contact Ignacio Mir-Sanchis (

We look forward to receiving your application

Type of employment Special fixed-term employment
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1868-22
  • Ignacio Mir-Sanchis, 090-7865000
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 01.Dec.2022
Last application date 22.Dec.2022 11:59 PM CET

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