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Postdoctoral fellowship (2 years) in microbial ecology and environmental biotechnology, focused on beneficial microbes in pollinating insects

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science (Umeå University, Sweden) invites applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship to a project on microbes in pollinating insects in northern Sweden and their potential for biotechnological applications. The deadline for applications is October 31st, 2022 and the fellowship, which is on fulltime for two years, is expected to start November 15th, 2022 or according to agreement.

Project description

Next to all complex organisms rely on some kind of microbial based symbiosis – this applies also for plants and their pollinating insects. The purpose of this project is to explore the role of beneficial microbes in pollination biology in northern Sweden. This is an interdisciplinary project as it is based on a mutual collaboration between microbiologists, entomologists,  plant ecologists and biotechnologists . The postdoc will be given opportunity to participate in different stages in this project – from sampling, microbiological analyses to first steps towards biotechnological applications. The fellowship is funded by a tax-free 2-year scholarship amounting to 288 000 SEK per year. The scholarship is for two years starting from November 15th, 2022, or according to agreement. The project will mainly be performed at Umeå University, but may include periods at other research facilities.


The candidates should have a PhD degree in pollination biology, microbial ecology, insect microbiology, plant microbiology, environmental biotechnology, or a related field. We seek highly motivated candidates with a broad experience in microbiological and molecular biological techniques applied on insects and plants. Priority is given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three (3) years before the application due date. A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this time may be considered if there are special circumstances, for example illness, parental leave, appointment of trust in trade unions or similar reasons. If so, this must be clearly stated in the application. Good ability to co-operate as well as to work independently and take initiative are required. Good skills in written and spoken English are required. Good skills in written and spoken Swedish is a merit. Experience on different microbiological and molecular biological techniques, phylogenetic analysis, entomology, palynology, plant ecology, statistics and programming are a merit. It is also a merit if the candidate is interested in outreach and interaction with schools and the public.


The full application should include:

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in the project and your suitability (max. 2 pages).
  • A CV, including a list of your publications
  • Copies of your doctoral thesis and relevant publications (maximum 5)
  • Certified copy of doctoral degree certificate and other relevant certified degree certificates.
  • Names and contact details (mail and phone) of three reference persons.
  • Any other documents you wish to refer to.

Submit your application as a PDF marked with the reference number FS 2.1.6-1365-22, both in the file name and in the subject field of the email, to The application can be written in English or Swedish. Application deadline is 31 October 2022.

Further information

For more information, contact Dr. Natuschka Lee (

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science carries out research and postgraduate education in ecology, environmental science and physical geography. The department has about 150 employees, about 15 of whom are post-docs.

We look forward to receiving your application.