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‘Excellence by Choice’ Postdoctoral Programme

UCMR and Umeå Plant Science Centre, UPSC, in cooperation with IceLab, KBC, MIMS and WCMM call for Excellence by Choice postdoctoral fellows. The aim is to strengthen world-class research in life science in Umeå, Sweden. Nobel prize awardee Emmanuelle Charpentier is patron of the programme. A third international call was performed in Autumn 2023.

'Excellence by Choice' Postdoctoral Programme in Life Science

CLOSED. The third call for postdoctoral fellows is closed (deadline was 29 October 2023).

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Research within life science

UCMR, and Umeå Plant Science Centre, UPSC, in collaboration with IceLab, KBC, MIMS and WCMM at Umeå University are currently running the 'Excellence by Choice’ Postdoctoral Programme. The programme funds postdoctoral fellowships and organize activities to strengthen networking and collaborations.

The programme aims to recruit 15 postdocs on fellowships through international calls. To date, ten postdocs have started their work in Umeå and further three 'EC' postdocs will start in the close future.

A third recruitment of postdoctoral fellows was performed in Autumn 2023.


The programme is funded by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Kempe Foundation and Umeå University with professor Emmanuelle Charpentier as patron and mentor of the programme.

Presentation of current ' EC' postdoctoral fellows

Unlocking secrets in RNA chemical modification during Salmonella infection

'EC' Postdoc Baptiste marvels at how molecular mechanisms shape cell destiny and physiology.

Excited to study important protein complex in model plant

'EC' Postdoc Dhruv has followed his passion for microbiology and life science throughout his academic journey.

Digs into the role of gut microbes in mucosal barrier degradation

Aicha needed something more challenging, and applied for the 'EC' postdoc programme at Umeå University.

Investigates the pathogenicity of the bacteria Yersinia

'EC' postdoc Jagadish is passionate about research, and also feel joy in guiding and teaching others.

Designs small molecules to inhibit infection by RNA-viruses

Most rewarding about being a molecule maker is when a compound with potential can be used clinically.

Investigates heterogeneity in infecting bacteria

In his research, 'EC' postdoc Joram Kiriga Waititu will use the single cell RNA-sequencing method.

Gabriel Torrens is one of the first with the Nobel laureate as a patron

The Excellence by Choice Postdoc programme is managed by UCMR and UPSC with Emmanuelle Charpentier as patron.

Emmanuelle Charpentier mentor for research venture in Umeå

Umeå University stimulates cutting-edge research with a new program which has Nobel Prize laureate as mentor.

Postdocs in Umeå stick together in Umeå Postdoc Society

The aim of the society is to attain an attractive environment for postdocs, both socially and academically.

Latest update: 2024-02-08