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First Research Assistant at the department of Molecular biology

Institutionen för molekylärbiologi




  • Typ av anställning Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Omfattning 100%
  • Ort Umeå

We are looking for a First research assistant in molecular microbiology to the Department of Molecular Biology at Umeå University, Sweden. The position is temporary for one year and available from 2018-03-01 or as agreed.


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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 cell wall biology and genetics in bacteria. We use high throughput analytical technologies to uncover novel determinants of cell wall homeostasis. The open project focuses on a genome wide peptidoglycan profiling in the model bacterium Vibrio cholerae. In the study you will perform state of the art UPLC-MS assays coupled to chemometric tools, live microscopy and transposon-sequencing screenings amongst other biochemical, cell and molecular biology techniques.

It is based in the lab of Felipe Cava the Laboratory of Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), 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 with senior colleagues and peers and the ability to interact in a team.

You need to have previous experience in molecular microbiology and analytical chemistry of the bacterial cell wall. Previous experience in NGS technologies (i.e. MiSeq), strong genetics background and Tn-Seq are a plus. You need to be skilled in both oral and written communication in English.


How to apply

You apply through our recruitment system. Your application must contain the following documents written in English or Swedish:

  • A motivation letter
  • CV with a full publication list
  • Copy of the PhD diploma
  • Contact details of at least two referees.




Felipe Cava, Forskare

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-174-18



Union representative


090-786 53 65


090-786 52 96


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