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Postdoctoral position in bacterial gene regulation

Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

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2024-03-15

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

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The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics conducts research and teaching at the Faculty of Medicine. In addition to departmental grants for research and education, the department's research groups have a large number of national and international research projects with external funding. We are an international research department with employees from many different countries.

The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics at Umeå University, Sweden, invites applicants for a two-year Postdoctoral position in bacterial gene regulation. The position is expected to start in June 2024 or according to agreement. Application deadline is 15 March 2024. 

 

Description of the project

Worldwide, the bacterium Helicobacter pylori persistently infects half of the human population. In some individuals, the infection causes peptic ulcer disease or gastric cancer. If left untreated, the infection will persist for a lifetime, and probably contributes to changes in the gastric environment. We have molecularly described mechanisms that contribute to H. pylori fine-tuning of gene expression both in vivo and in vitro. Using the H. pylori inflammation-associated adhesion protein SabA as model system, this project aims to further unravel the molecular mechanisms for how H. pylori responds to key environmental factors in the gastric environment. This project employs genetic, molecular biology and biochemical approaches to analyze the bacterial responses, with a significant focus on DNA-protein interactions. The project will contribute to better understanding of H. pylori regulatory mechanisms. Our research is also relevant and applicable in other bacterial species, particularly those with small genomes and a limited set of transcriptional regulators.

 

Work responsibilities

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to participate in development and establishment of new methodology in the lab, actively participate in the design and execution of experiments, data analysis and to present and publish results. The successful candidate is also expected to participate in research-related activities within the research group such as group meetings, journal clubs, departmental seminars, and to participate in national and/or international meetings.

 

Eligibility 

A person who has been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate within biochemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry or related discipline, is eligible for appointment as postdoctoral researcher. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time at which the appointment decision is made. 

 

We are seeking a highly motivated applicant that has documented laboratory experience with standard biochemical, molecular biology and microbiology techniques Additional hands on experiences in DNA/RNA/protein biochemistry and molecular cloning are required. You should have a relevant research output, as evidenced by first authorship, or publications presenting significant research findings within areas that concern mechanisms that control gene expression or host-parasite interactions. 

Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English. Since the project will be of collaborative nature, candidates are expected to function in a team and therefore have a good ability to co-operate. Excellent communication skills are required for interacting effectively with colleagues and peers, including colleagues from complementary research fields. Good initiative ability is a requirement.

 

Additional useful qualifications 

Since appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is a career-development position for junior researchers, we are primarily interested in applicants who completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the application deadline. If there are special reasons, an applicant who has completed their degree earlier than that may be considered. Special reasons include absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical practice, appointments of trust for a trade union organisation or other similar circumstances, and for relevant duties/assignments within the subject area. 

Laboratory experience of expression and purification of recombinant proteins, using methods for studying DNA-protein interactions such as EMSA, DNase footprinting, in vitro transcription and biophysical methods, for example SPR, are all meritorious. Experiences to construct knock-out and site-specific genomic mutations in bacteria and cultivating cell lines are also meritorious as well as having good knowledge in bioinformatics.

 

More information about the position

The appointment is a full-time, fixed-term position for two years in accordance with the terms of contract for fixed-term employment as a postdoctoral researcher from 1 February 2022.

More information about the group’s research can be found on our website https://www.umu.se/en/research/groups/anna-arnqvist

Please find more information about the department here

https://www.umu.se/institutionen-for-medicinsk-kemi-och-biofysik/

 

The department is located in Chemical Biological Centre (KBC)

https://www.umu.se/en/chemical-biological-centre

 

Anna Arnqvist Björklunds team is part of Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR)

https://www.umu.se/ucmr/om-ucmr

 

Application

The application must include:

·         A personal cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position, how you can contribute to the project and in which direction you may want to develop it (no more than 2 A4 pages).

·         A curriculum vitae that documents academic education and past and previous employments.

·         A list with your publications.

·         A copy of the PhD certificate and other relevant degree certificates.

·         Names and contact details with e-mail addresses of two or three academic references.

·         Other relevant documentation you wish to include in support of your application.

 

The application must be written in Swedish or English. The application must be made via our e-recruitment system Varbi and must be received latest 15 March 2024. 

If there are questions, please contact Anna Arnqvist Björklund, anna.arnqvist@umu.se 

We are looking forward to receiving your application.

 

Information box

Application deadline

2024-03-15

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-103-24

Contact

Anna Arnqvist

0907866539

Union representative

SACO

090-7865365

SEKO

090-7865296

ST

090-7865431

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