Two-year postdoc stipend in innate immune signaling

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We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow in innate immune signalling at the Department of Molecular Biology at Umeå University, Sweden. The opening is temporary for two years and available from February 1st 2018.

The Department of Molecular Biology has about 200 employees. The department's main tasks involve research, graduate education, and undergraduate education as well as interactions with the community. Affiliated with both the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Medicine, the department's research and education activity includes several molecular biological areas within science and medicine: cell biology, microbiology, infection biology, tumor biology and neurobiology and in conjunction with the use of genetic model organisms (except plants). For more information, see:

We study how elements of the gut and the intestinal bacteria regulate and react to the dynamic appearance and disappearance of the endogenous danger signal (DAMP) extracellular ATP during infection and during sterile inflammation.

The open project aims at describing the transcriptional response to extracellular ATP in cells of the gut mucosa.

You will carry out experimental and bioinformatic work, design experiments, present the findings and help supervising undergraduate students.

You will be based in the lab of Andrea Puhar the Laboratory of Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) and at the Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University.

You must hold a University degree equivalent to a European University PhD at the time of recruitment. You should be highly motivated, have very good communication skills and the ability to interact in a team.

You need to have previous experience in cell culture (including: work with intestinal epithelial cells), microbiological techniques (including: work with Shigella), molecular biology (including: preparation of KO cell lines with CRISPR/Cas9, preparation of bacterial strains), biochemical techniques (including: RNA purification from mammalian and bacterial cells, luminescence assays), programming and bioinformatic analysis (including: RNA-Seq, genome assembly in bacteria). You need to be skilled in both oral and written communication in English.

How to apply
The application should contain a motivation letter, CV with a full publication list, copy of the PhD diploma and contact details of at least two referees. Application can be written in English.

For more information, please contact Andrea Puhar,

Your complete application, marked with reference number FS 2.1.6-2174-17, must be sent to (state the reference number as subject) or to Umeå universitet, Registrator, 901 87 Umeå, 9 januari 2018 at the latest.

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