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The Department of Molecular Biology seeks a post doc to a project in Molecular mechanisms of development and mosquito transmission of malaria parasites. The position is full-time and for two years, access 1 May 2023 or upon agreement.

As part of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, the host laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden, MIMS, is closely integrated with a European excellence network, its advanced research infrastructure and international networking opportunities.


Project description and work tasks

We are an interdisciplinary team of experimentalists, analysts and modellers, who work together closely to address important questions of malaria parasite development and transmission. We are now looking for an experimental geneticist for projects funded by the European Research Council and the Wallenberg Foundation. Aim of the position is to study the biology of sexual development and transmission of malaria parasite and their interactions with the vector. We seek to gain a genome-level mechanistic understanding of malaria transmission to get at the questions of vector competence and develop transmission blocking strategies.



To be appointed under the postdoctoral agreement, the postdoc is required to have completed a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed equivalent to a doctoral degree. This qualification requirements must be fulfilled no later than at the time of the appointment decision. 

To be appointed under the postdoctoral agreement, priority should be given to candidates who completed their doctoral degree, according to what is stipulated in the paragraph above, no later than three years prior. If there are special reasons, candidates who completed their doctoral degree prior to that may also be eligible. Special reasons include absence due to illness, parental leave, appointments of trust in trade union organisations, military service, or similar circumstances, as well as clinical practice or other forms of appointment/assignment relevant to the subject area. Post docs who are to teach or supervise must have taken relevant courses in teaching and learning in higher education.

Doctoral degree should be within molecular biology or a related experimental life science. 

You should be experienced in identifying gene functions through experimental genetics and cell biological approaches. You have an appreciation of global transcriptomic or proteomic data or other omics approaches. The willingness to work with a rodent model is essential. You should have a strong relevant research output, as evidenced by first authorship on publications presenting new research findings or molecular biology tools. 

To be eligible, candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English. Since our projects are collaborative, candidates need to be able to work productively also in a team. Excellent communication skills are required for interacting effectively with colleagues and peers, including colleagues from complementary research fields.

Knowledge of molecular parasitology or rodent research models would be advantages. Evidence of productive work in an interdisciplinary environment would be an advantage, as would be hands-on experience in single cell or omics approaches.



The application should include:

  • A personal cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position, how you can contribute to the project and in which direction you may want to develop your research (no more than 2 A4 pages).
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) that documents academic education and past and previous employments.
  • Your publication list.
  • Copy of  doctoral degree and other relevant degree certificates.
  • Names and contact details with e-mail addresses of two or three academic references.

The application must be written in English (preferably) or Swedish. The application is made through our electronic recruitment system. Documents sent electronically must be in PDF format. Log in to the system and apply via the button at the end of this page. The closing date is 23 of March 2023.

We look forward to receiving your application!


More about us

For additional information, visit our lab page, or contact Oliver Billker (

The Department provides a vibrant interfaculty research environment and there is access to a wide range of state-of-the-art imaging, metabolomics, genomics and screening facilities. You will join a research team that is part of the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), which is internationally well-connected through the EMBL Nordic Partnership for Molecular Medicine.

For more information about the Department visit our website

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 May 2023 or by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-400-23
  • Oliver Billker,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 02.Mar.2023
Last application date 23.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

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