Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

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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Umeå University is looking for a Staff scientist with experience in cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). The position is financed by grants from SciLifeLab for work with SciLifelab’s national services associated to the infrastructure. The work at the Cryo-EM facility implies to delivers service, training and user support for electron microscopy and image analysis. The employment is for 12 months. Application deadline is September 9, 2024.

As Staff scientist, you will provide researchers with expertise in the planning and performance of electron microscopy (EM), cryo-EM and image analysis, in biological, chemical, physical and biochemical research areas. You will be involved in teaching shorter methodology courses at postgraduate level and provide user training on EM methods. Work assignments include, operation and maintenance of instruments and computer systems, as well as assisting researchers in preparation of EM samples, data collection, and image analysis. You will also act as a coordinator for ongoing facility projects and collaborations between partner microscopy facilities in Sweden and internationally. The work is planned together with the facility's other 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, biotechnology or equal. You have extensive experience in EM data collection (SEM, TEM and/or Cryo-EM) and analysis for structural biology, such as single particle analysis (SPA) for structural biology. Very good computer skills with a focus on image analysis for structure biology 3D reconstruction is 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, 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, in order to help facility users and research groups with research projects and to achieve results. 

Great emphasis is placed on technical competence (experience of EM methods and image analysis) and personal motivation to work with research infrastructure and service functions.

It is desirable to have experience of different types of electron microscopes, instrument handling is a merit. A well-established international network in EM and earlier international collaborations around research infrastructure is highly valued.

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

The deadline for applications is September 9, 2024.  You apply via our e-recruitment system, please use the link at the bottom of this page.

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

Further information can be obtained from UCEM coordinator Linda Sandblad, tel: 0709324936 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 Enligt överenskommelse
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1082-24
  • Linda Sandblad, 0709-324936
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 04.Jul.2024
Last application date 09.Sep.2024 11:59 PM CEST
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