Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine

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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.

A fully funded, two-year postdoc position is immediately available in the Department of Clinical Microbiology at Umeå University. The position is open to scientists with an interest in immune responses to microbial infections, recombinant antigen design or similar area.

Description of the project

The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in our ongoing efforts to improve the understanding of the human adaptive immune response to infection and the protective effect of vaccination. We do this by cellular, molecular, and genetic characterization of cells and tissues from rationally selected patient groups. Depending on the interest and background of the successful candidate, the specific focus will be on (1) the genetics of B cell repertoire development through life, (2) the role of complement regulatory proteins for initiation of adaptive immunity in lymphoid organs or, (3) the impact of age on the cellular and genetic response to infection and vaccination. Further information of the research team, strategies and projects can be found at

Mattias Forsell-research-group.

Institutionen för klinisk mikrobiologi (


Work responsibilities

The successful candidate is expected to lead the development and establishment of new methodology for immunological analysis of immune cells, tissues, and capillary blood samples, and to apply this on unique patient material. The goal is to address research questions that focus on improvement of our basic or applied understanding of adaptive immune responses. Of particular interest is establishment of methodology that will allow us to dissect general or antigen specific B repertoires from small sample volumes on a molecular and genetic level. The projects are pursued in an interdisciplinary environment that involves interaction with clinical and pre-clinical partners as well as international collaborations. Fluency in English is mandatory.


A person who has been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate[ME1] [LR2]  in immunology, vaccinology, virology, or related fields is eligible for appointment as postdoctoral researcher. Candidates from other fields with strong skills in antigen design, single cell sequencing and/or multiplex platforms are also encouraged to apply. The eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time at which the appointment decision is made.

Fluency in English is mandatory, and the candidate must be able to work independently and have good  skills in scientific quantitative methods in the research area we are asking for. The applicant is required to be experienced with hands-on work at the laboratory.


Additional useful qualifications

Since appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is a career-development position for junior researchers, we are primarily interested in applicants who completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the application deadline. If there are special reasons, an applicant who has completed their degree earlier than that may be considered. Special reasons include absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical practice, appointments of trust for a trade union organisation or other similar circumstances, and for relevant duties/assignments within the subject area.  

The following experiences or skills may be advantageous for the position; experience with research on adaptive immune responses, technologies for detection of multiple protein analytes in small volume samples, experience with multiparameter flow cytometry and data analysis, dissection of human immune responses on a cellular, molecular and/or genetic level.


More information about the position

The appointment is a full-time, fixed-term position for two years in accordance with the terms of contract for fixed-term employment as a postdoctoral researcher from 1 February 2022. 



The application must include:

  • A brief description of your past research, current research interests and a statement describing why you are interested in the position. (max 1 page)
  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • List of accepted peer-reviewed publications and publications that has been submitted.
  • Degree certificate from doctoral studies and other relevant degrees
  • Contact details of two reference persons

The application must be written in Swedish or English. The application must be made via our e-recruitment system Varbi and must be received latest 02 April 2023.


We look forward to receiving your application.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-153-23
  • Mattias Forsell,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 08.Mar.2023
Last application date 02.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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