Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

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Umeå University is looking for a senior research engineer for image analysis of electron microscopy (EM) data. The senior research engineer will work with user support and method development at Umeå Centre for Electron Microscopy (UCEM). The position is financed by SciLifeLab. The employment is for 12 months. Application deadline is May 22, 2023.

Work tasks
As a senior research engineer, you will provide researchers with expert advice in the planning and execution of electron microscopy (EM) data processing and image analysis, mainly in medical and biological research areas. The tasks include installation, operation and maintenance and development of software, computer systems and servers as well as assisting researchers in planning data collection and image analysis. The work will also involve programming and method development. You will be involved in teaching shorter methodology courses in EM and image analysis at doctoral level. You will also administer user support, as well as act as a contact person for the facility's users and collaborations between microscopy facilities in Sweden and internationally. The work is planned together with researchers and UCEM staff and is carried out independently or together with collaborators and facility users. Our working language is English.

We are looking for a person with a PhD in structural biology, molecular biology or biotechnology. You have extensive experience with Cryo-EM data, such as single particle analysis (SPA), helical and icosahedral reconstruction and electron tomography 3D image volume reconstruction, modeling and visualization for structural biology. Very good computer skills with a focus on image analysis of 3D EM data are required.

You are independent and flexible and can take on new challenges, establish new methods and participate in several different projects in parallel. It is important that you have good collaborative skills and can receive and pass on expert skills, as well as that you have good communication skills.

You are open to receive and pass on expert knowledge, as well as good communication skills. You should be able to express yourself in English in speech and writing. You can take initiatives, be creative, have a service minded attitude towards the facility work, to help facility users and research groups with research projects and to achieve results.

Great emphasis is placed on technical competence (experience of EM data collection, data management, image analysis and digital visualization) and personal motivation to work with research infrastructure.

It is desirable to have experience of different types of microscopes, instrument handling and correlative methods for multimodal analysis are meritorious. Knowledge of programming and experience in method development of IT solutions and software as well.

The employment is full-time and is limited to 12 months. Starting date as soon as possible or by agreement.

The application should include a personal letter with motivation for why you are applying for the position, references to research projects using EM, CV, degree certificate including doctoral degree, other relevant certificates and grades as well as names and contact information of at least two reference persons.

The deadline for applications is May 22, 2023. You apply via our e-recruitment system.

For further information, please contact UCEM coordinator Linda Sandblad, tel: +46 (0)709324936 or e-mail:

The position is at the Department of Chemistry, which is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology and has close to 200 employees, including about 40 doctoral students and a strong and expanding research. Three major research areas, Biological Chemistry, Environmental and Biogeochemistry and Engineering Chemistry, bring together the department's research and education in chemistry. We are also a strong partner in KBC, the Chemical-Biological Centre. For more information, see:

Type of employment Special fixed-term employment
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Starting date according to agreement
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-770-23
  • Linda Sandblad, 0709-324936
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 27.Apr.2023
Last application date 22.May.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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