Postdoc fellowship in biophysics

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The Department of Clinical Microbiology, Umeå University, is looking for a postdoc (for 2 years) in biophysics to be active in a research project aiming at elucidating the role of glycosaminoglycans in mediating entry and egress of viruses from a host cell.  

You will use biophysical, biochemical and cell biology technologies to study entry of herpes simplex viruses. The main part of the project involves carrying out single particle tracking experiments with live-cell microscopy to track viruses as they attach to the cell surface. TIRF and Spinning disc microscopy will be used as main microscopy techniques.

In addition to this, you will also use with in vitro models of the cell surface to carry out virus-membrane interaction studies using surface-based sensing sensing instruments (e.g., TIRF, SPR) to complement the live cell microscopy experiments.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in engineering or natural sciences with focus on biophysics, cellular biology, biosciences or related disciplines. Expertise in fluorescence microscopy, single particle/molecule tracking and image analysis would be a strong asset.

Ability to independently plan experiments, develop methods and carry out analyzes, and summarize results in English is a requirement.
It is expected that the candidate can conduct research in a highly independent manner and apply for own funding. In addition, the candidate should have documented good ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment at the interface between physics, chemistry and biology and to cooperate with other research groups.

Information about the research environment
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.

This postdoc project will be carried out within the Wallenberg Center for Molecular Medicine ( at the Department of Clinical Microbiology in the young group of Marta Bally. Her group focuses on the study of biological nanoparticles (viruses and exosomes), on their interaction with cellular membranes and on the relationship between their properties and their biological function.  

Position summary
Full-time 2 years with stipend provided by the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine (WCMM).

The application should contain:

  1. In one A4 page highlight your specific qualifications and motivation for the position
  2. Attested copy of PhD certificate 
  3. Curriculum Vitae include full list of publications
  4. Letters of recommendation and name of at least 2 reference persons.

For questions, please contact:
Marta Bally, Department of Clinical Microbiology, E-mail:

The complete application, marked with reference number FS 2.1.6-199-18, must be sent to and (state the reference number as subject) or to Umeå University, Registrator, 901 87 Umeå no later than February 28, 2018.

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