Skip to content
Main menu hidden.

PhD position in Medical Science

Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics




  • Type of employment Temporary position
  • Extent 100%
  • Place Umeå

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest higher education institutions with over 37,000 students and about 4,700 employees. The University offers a diversity of high-quality education and world-leading research in several fields. Notably, the groundbreaking discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was made here. At Umeå University, everything is close. Our cohesive campuses make it easy to meet, work together and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture.

The ongoing societal transformation and large green investments in northern Sweden create enormous opportunities and complex challenges. For Umeå University, conducting research about – and in the middle of – a society in transition is key. We also take pride in delivering education to enable regions to expand quickly and sustainably. In fact, the future is made here.

Are you interested in learning more? Read about Umeå university as a workplace

We are looking for a PhD student in Medical Science with an orientation towards Medical Biochemistry and a special interest in molecular and structural virology. The position at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics at Umeå University is temporary for four years to start during spring 2024 or as agreed. 

The PhD student will participate in activities provided by the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, thus providing interaction with researchers from different research fields and access to various scientific and technical expertise. More information about the doctoral education program, which all PhD students attend, at the Faculty of Medicine can be found at 



Background and description of tasks:

The PhD student will use state-of the-art methods such as cryo-electron tomography of cells/tissues and biochemical reconstitution to study the replication of positive-sense RNA viruses. This is a vast group of viruses responsible for serious diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, COVID-19, and viral myocarditis. To copy their genomes, these viruses remodel the cytoplasm of the infected cell to create viral replication organelles. Despite their central role in virus infections, our understanding of the structure and function of replication organelles is still limited. The PhD student will study fundamental questions regarding the structure and function of replication organelles.


A person who is employed as a PhD student shall primarily devote his-/or herself to his/her own education. The project and research environment will give the dedicated student the opportunity to train as a first-class researcher. Our goal is to provide the supportive and inspiring environment required to ensure a good start to your research career.



Applicants must hold a university degree equivalent to a European University Masters degree or completed course requirements of at least 240 credit points, of which at least 60 credit points should be at second-cycle level. 


You should be fluent in spoken and written English. English skills and the ability to benefit from the education will be evaluated by the postgraduate studies board of the department.



Aptitude for critical and creative thinking is expected, as is a solid education in a subject such as biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology or biology. The research may entail both experimental and computational work. Therefore, experience in experimental molecular biology and cell biology is a merit, as is understanding of physics and structural biology, and experience in computational work including programming. You should be highly motivated and be able to work productively in an international team as well as independently. Excellent communication skills for interacting effectively with senior colleagues and peers are required. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability, scientific reasoning, and the ability to write and understand scientific text. 


Basis of assessment

The evaluation of the ability and potential to perform well is based primarily on:

1. Knowledge and skills relevant to doctoral studies within the research area, 

2. The ability to formulate and solve scientific questions. 

3. Skills in written and oral communication in English. 

4. Other experience relevant to doctoral studies, such as professional experience.


Good collaborative skills, drive and independent work ability are considered as positive merits.


A selection will be made among qualified applicants based on their qualifications and their ability to benefit from studies at the doctoral level. After the selection of the suitable candidate, the process for the admission to doctoral studies will commence. An admission decision will be taken by the faculty’s director of studies.


About the employment

The position is intended to result in a doctoral degree and is limited to four years full time. If part-time teaching (max. 20%) can be offered, the employment period can be extended.


Start date 1 March 2024 or as agreed.


Wage placement takes place according to the established salary ladder for doctoral student employment.


According to the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 12, Section 2), the decision on employment cannot be appealed.


How to apply

You apply through our recruitment system Varbi at the latest 17-12-2023. Your application must contain the following documents written in English:


·         A CV with information on education, a list of previous and current employments, and a list of publications.

·         Copies of relevant degrees

·         A cover letter describing research experience and interests, motivation for applying for the position 

·         Contact details of two to three references.


Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO, +46-(0)90-786 52 96 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.


For questions regarding the position contact lars-anders.carlson@umu.se


More about us

You can find more information at https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-medical-biochemistry-and-biophysics/

Information box

Application deadline


Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1845-23


Lars-Anders Carlson


Union representative







Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.