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Fellowships and Grants

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Wallenberg Travel Grants - Ongoing

Application Deadline: Ongoing

It is now possible to apply for funding for international travels to conferences and research visits for young researchers from the Wallenberg Foundation.

In 1967, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the board authorised the so-called jubilee donation, which is primarily intended to fund travel by younger researchers. This appropriation was later extended, since 1997 by the board's annual decisions.

The appropriation is placed at the disposal of the Vice-Chancellor to "primarily benefit scholarships for such travel as best promotes a personal exchange of scientific knowledge to the benefit of Swedish research."

Applications can be submitted throughout the year. Applicants ought to be aware that these travel grants are in great demand, and as a consequence the total cost of a single trip can seldom be awarded. In order to fulfil the donor's stipulations, in general the trip must promote research. This means, of course, that among other things applicants must normally have documented scientific activities of their own in order to be considered.

The following criteria are taken into account when awarding Wallenberg funding:

  • The grants are intended for younger researchers and doctoral students
  • The trip shall promote research
  • Researchers who have not previously received a grant are given precedence
  • A personal scientific contribution is a requirement (see form, 'mandatory')
  • The grants are intended for travel costs and conference fees abroad, not in Sweden
  • Costs for accommodation and family members are not awarded

Special application form

Remember to enclose the documents stipulated on the form. The form and enclosures should be sent to:

Anna Tjernberg, Planning Office

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Five Postdoctoral Fellowships in Experimental Genomics of Malaria Transmission – 2018-09-20

Application Deadline: 2018-09-20

The Department of Molecular Biology
The department provides a vibrant interfaculty research environment and there is access to a wide range of state-of-the-art imaging, metabolomics, genomics and screening facilities.

The position
The holder of a fellowship will join a research team that is part of the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), which is internationally well-connected through the EMBL Nordic Partnership. (The European Molecular Biology Laboratory) for Molecular Medicine. Five postdoctoral fellowships are available for joining Oliver Billker's new research team. The biennial fellowships are 262 080 SEK per year. You are expected to start in September 2018 or as otherwise agreed.

The projects
Our research forms part of a major effort funded by the European Research Council aimed at understanding the molecular basis of malaria transmission to mosquitoes. Examples of available projects are provided below. For additional information, visit our lab page (, or contact Oliver Billker (

The transmission of malaria parasites to their mosquito vectors depends entirely on the sexual reproduction of the parasite in the mosquito midgut. Much of the underlying biology remains poorly understood. With the advent of genetic screening technology in the rodent model parasite Plasmodium berghei it has now become possible for the first time to screen systematically for essential parasite gene functions in transmission.

  1. Systematic identification of fertility genes in malaria parasites. Using our unique ability to carry out forward genetics screens (Bushell et al., Cell, 2017), you will develop assays to identify experimentally all parasite genes involved in specific aspects of male or female fertility, which is essential for parasite transmission to the vector.

  2. Mechanisms of Plasmodium sex determination and sexual stage differentiation. Outgoing from a list of candidate nucleic acid binding proteins which have already emerged from a genetic screen, you will use ChIP, single cells RNAseq and protein interaction studies to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of development in a divergent eukaryote downstream of the master regulator, transcription factor ap2-g (Sinha et al., Nature, 2014).

  3. Single Cell Biology of Malaria Transmission. Using single cell transcriptomics (scRNAseq, e.g. Reid et al., eLife, 2018), you will carry out an in-depth analysis of developmental mutants, using their unique transcriptional signatures to propose genetic networks and mechanisms of parasite development during transmission. You may visit collaborators in endemic countries for a comparative analysis of rodent and other animal models with parasites infecting humans.

  4. Mosquito Immunity. Our unpublished RNAseq analysis of thousands of single mosquito hemocytes has revealed new populations of immune cells of unknown function. You will use imaging and CRISPR-Cas9 mediated genome editing to reveal their roles in controlling insect immunity and vector competence.

  5. Evolution of sexual processes in a divergent eukaryote. You will exploit the position of malaria parasites in the tree of life to reveal the most conserved molecules in cellular processes involved in eukaryotic sexual reproduction (e.g. the axoneme, meiosis, gamete fusion), as well as discover some of the unique biology of apicomplexan parasites.

You have a PhD in a relevant area such as genetics, genomics, cell and molecular biology or infectious disease research, as well as a proven ability to deliver high-quality scientific outputs. To be eligible you should have completed your PhD degree a maximum of three years before the end of the application period, unless special circumstances exist. You should be able to work as well independently as in team. You should have a keen interest and sound understanding of molecular and cell biology and experimental genetics. You need to be willing to undertake research involving animals. You are proficient in oral and written communication in English. You must be able to demonstrate a good ability to communicate science effectively and be able to develop creative ways to solve scientific problems.

For most projects the ability to analyse large data sets would be an advantage, as well as an understanding of programming and analysis software such as R, Perl or Python. A background in malaria research or rodent disease models would be highly desirable, as would be knowledge in molecular parasitology and genomics.

The application should include:

  • A personal cover letter explaining why you want to work with us, how you fulfil the essential requirements, which project you would be most interested in, what you can bring to the project and in which direction you may want to develop it (2 A4 pages maximum).
  • A curriculum vitae that documents academic education and past and previous employments.
  • Your publication list.
  • Copies of doctoral thesis and PhD certificate.
  • Names and contact details with e-mail addresses of two to three academic references.
  • Other relevant documentation you wish to include in support of your application.

The application shall be written in English (preferably) or Swedish. Your complete application, marked with reference number FS 2.1.6-1171-18, should be sent electronically (in PDF format) to (with reference number on the subject line) no later than September 20, 2018.

One copy of the application should also be sent to with the reference number in the subject line.

More about us:
More information about the department Umeå University wants to offer an environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. In each recruitment we aim to increase diversity and the opportunity to affirmative action.

We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

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Postdoc on a 2 years position in virology to pursue a project aiming at elucidating and characterizing host factors during cell entry of mosquito borne viruses including alphaviruses and Zika virus at the Department of Clinical Microbiology – 2018-09-27

Research Topic
Our group focuses on the study of host factors promoting entry of viruses into cells (Gerold et al., Cell Reports, 2015; Bruening et al., PLOS Pathogens, 2018 in press). We use state of the art interaction proteomics methods in conjunction with virology and cell biology techniques to characterize host protein networks operating during virus entry (Gerold et al., Mol Cell Proteomics, 2017; Lasswitz et al., J Mol Biol, 2018). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge technologies and methods to acquire interaction proteomics datasets by mass spectrometry and to perform label free quantification analysis. Follow up will include RNA interference, CRISPR/Cas9 technology as well as pharmacological perturbation in conjunction with authentic virus infection assays. Our pathogens of interest are important emerging human pathogens of Global Health relevance, including alphaviruses and members of the Flaviviridae family including Zika virus.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated postdoctoral scientist with a PhD in infection biology, biochemistry, cell biology or related disciplines. Expertise in the field of virology and/or in mass spectrometry based proteomics would be a strong asset.

The ability to independently plan experiments, refine and develop methods, carry out data analyses, and communicate results in English is expected.

The successful candidate should have a passion to conduct research at the interface of virology and protein biochemistry and to cooperate with colleagues and research groups in the department.

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 research group of Gisa Gerold. Dr. Gerold leads a joint German-Swedish team ( and the appointment offers the possibility for research stays in the German lab at Twincore, Hannover,. Research will be carried out in close collaboration with the groups of Niklas Arnberg and Magnus Evander. We offer an international, stimulating and collaborative research environment, in which your scientific career development is fostered.

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

The application should contain (i) a letter highlighting your specific qualifications and motivation, (ii) a CV including publication list, (iii) a copy of PhD certificate, (iv) contact information of 2-3 references

For questions, please contact:
Dr. Gisa Gerold, Department of Clinical Microbiology, E-mail:

The complete application, marked with reference number FS 2.1.6-1646-18, must be sent to (state the reference number as subject) or to Umeå University, Registrator, 901 87 Umeå no later than September 27, 2018.

Two Postdoctoral Fellowships (2 years) – Arctic ecosystems ecology / plant-ecophysiology / microbial ecology – 2018-09-28

Application Deadline: 2018-09-28

Two Postdoctoral Fellowships are available on the off-seasonal dynamics of plant and soil microbial processes in arctic ecosystems, based in Abisko at the Climate Impacts Research Centre of the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University, Sweden. Application deadline is Sep 21, 2018.

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science ( carries out research and postgraduate education in ecology, environmental science and physical geography. The department has about 140 employees, about 20 of whom are postdocs. The Climate Impacts Research Centre (CIRC) is part of the Department and undertakes research in how climate and environmental changes affect the ecosystems of the north. CIRC is stationed year-round in Abisko, Kiruna municipality (for further information, see and

Project description
Arctic ecosystems store large amounts of organic carbon in plants and soil. Changes in their uptake and release of carbon, due to changes in climate, can therefore cause strong feedbacks to our climate. Climate change in the Arctic is especially pronounced during autumn, winter and spring, including increases in temperature, changes in snow fall/cover and rain-on-snow events. Such off-seasonal changes in climate can affect the carbon balance of arctic ecosystems and the underlying plant and soil microbial processes but the extent remains unclear, because most ecological and biogeochemical research in the arctic focusses on the summer. The aim of these two postdoctoral fellowships is to investigate how changes in the timing, frequency and extent of winter freezing conditions, as well as the timing of spring and autumn, affects the (off-)seasonal dynamics of plant and microbial processes in arctic ecosystems, including phenology, physiology, and carbon and nitrogen uptake and release.

We are looking for two postdoctoral fellows to combine field measurements with more controlled laboratory and mesocosm experiments, and use techniques from plant ecology, ecophysiology, soil microbiology, and biogeochemistry, including isotope-based techniques. The experimental lab- and fieldwork will be performed in the subarctic tundra near Abisko (north Sweden), at the research facilities of the Climate Impacts Research Centre. The two postdoctoral fellowships will complement each other, and you will therefore collaborate on most of the research.

Admission as soon as possible, according to agreement. The fellowships are stipends of 300 000 SEK per year for two years and are financed by the Kempe Foundation.

Admission requirements
Successful candidates will have a PhD degree, or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent, in plant or microbial ecology, plant physiology, biogeochemistry, environmental science, physical geography or a similar field. To be eligible for this fellowship, you should have completed your doctoral degree a maximum of three (3) years before the end of the application period, unless special circumstances exist.

A significant requirement for this fellowship is the candidate's strong interest in research on off-season and frost-related dynamics of plant and soil microbial processes in the Arctic. Strong merits are demonstrated experience with fieldwork and (eco)physiology or isotope techniques, as well as good knowledge of seasonality, arctic ecosystems, plant-soil-microbe interactions, and high-quality publications within the research field. The successful candidate should further have documented good abilities to communicate scientifically in English, both orally and written, creativity, power of initiative, independence and good social skills.

How to apply
The application should contain the following:

  • Short summary of previous research achievements (max 2 pages)
  • Short description of your research ideas as they relate to this project (max 2 pages)
  • CV including list of publications
  • Copy of degree certificate (PhD)
  • Copies of PhD thesis and relevant publications (max 5)
  • Names and contact details of three references

The application should be written in English or in Swedish. The complete application in PDF-format, marked with reference number, Dnr FS 2.1.6-1485-18, should be sent to (state the reference number in the subject line). The application deadline is 2018-09-28.

For more information, contact Dr Ellen Dorrepaal (

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Postdoctoral Position to Study Epigenetics and Chromosome-Wide Gene Regulation at the Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University, Sweden. – 2018-10-07

We are interested in chromosome-wide targeting and regulatory mechanisms where our discovery that POF is involved in global regulation of chromosome 4 in Drosophila provided the first evidence of autosome specific chromosome-wide regulatory mechanisms. Our analysis is focused on four main questions: (1) the evolution and function of chromosome-wide targeting mechanisms (2) correct targeting of chromatin associated factors; (3) genome-wide fine-tuning of transcription output and (4) establishment and propagation of chromatin structure within and between chromosomes. Candidates are encouraged to develop projects within chromosome-wide gene regulation with a molecular mechanistic, evolutionary or genomic focus.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD degree in e.g., genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English
  • Previous experience with either Drosophila genetics, evolutionary biology or genome-wide analysis.

Desired qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experiences in epigenetic research
  • Experience of analysing next-generation sequencing data, e.g. ChIP-seq and RNA-seq
  • Experience in statistics and statistical genetics
  • The fellowships are full-time for 24 months.

The application should include:

  1. Personal letter describing your fulfilment of the required and desired qualifications listed above and one research question that you would like to address within chromosome-wide gene regulation (max 2 pages).
  2. CV and list of publications.
  3. PDF files of your three best publications.
  4. Contact details of two to three references.

For additional questions please contact with a phrase "postdoc in epigenetics" in the subject line.

Your complete application in one pdf file, marked with reference number FS 2.1.6-1592-18, should be sent to (state the reference number as subject) by 2018-10-07 at the latest.

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Post doctoral fellowship in Regenerative Medicine at the Department of Integrative Medical Biology – 2018-10-15

Description of the project
A postdoctoral fellowship is now available at the Laboratory of Neural Repair and Cellular Therapy which consists of basic scientists and clinical researchers who have their principal research interests in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, with particular focus on the spinal cord injury and peripheral nerve injury. Projects involve work with stem cells and biomaterials using both in vitro and in vivo model systems. The applicant will be expected to contribute to ongoing projects and will be encouraged to actively develop new lines of research in the field.

Eligible to apply are individuals with a PhD, and priority will be given to applicants who graduated within three years before the application deadline. If there are special reasons, the position may be offered to a candidate who has completed the doctorate earlier. Special grounds include leave of absence because of sickness, parental leave, clinical service, union duties, or other similar circumstances.

The fellow must have a PhD in a relevant area such as neuroscience, stem cells science or tissue engineering and should have technical expertise in histology, cell culture, and molecular biology. Prior experience in surgery on small animals is essential. The successful candidate will be proficient in spoken English and have prior experience of writing reports/manuscripts in English.

The application should be in Swedish or English and include:

  • A brief cover letter (about one page) that describes the applicant's research experience, research interests, and suitability for the project.
  • Curriculum vitae including information about academic degrees (with verifications), technical expertise, employments, list of publications, and names and contact information for two references.

For more information, contact Professor Lev Novikov, or Associate Professor Paul Kingham,, Department of Integrative Medical Biology, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden

The fellowship is for two years. Start date upon agreement.

Applications that are submitted electronically should be in Word or PDF format.

Your complete application, marked with reference number FS 2.1.6-1613-18, should be sent to (state the reference number as subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive October 15, 2018 at the latest.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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