PhD Position in Medical Cell Biology with a focus on Microfluidics-based Diagnostics
Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.
Uppsala Antibiotic Center (UAC) was announced in 2015 to bring together, stimulate and support research addressing important questions regarding antibiotic resistance. UAC is now advertising 14 PhD positions, and this position is one of them.
The present position is located at the Department of Medical Cell Biology. Starting date: 2017-10-01, or as otherwise agreed. We seek a highly motivated candidate, with the ability to work independently and with a strong interest in pursuing a PhD degree in cell biology with a focus on microfluidics-based methods for antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST).
The Department of Medical Cell Biology at Uppsala University has a strong and international research and teaching environment with over 100 scientists, including around 25 PhD students, 20 postdocs and 30 researchers and professors.
Project description: Patients suffering from life-threatening bacterial infections such as sepsis have a steady increase in mortality for every hour without proper treatment.
Together with the rapid increase in antimicrobial resistance the ensuing increase of failures of empirical therapy demonstrate the need for rapid methods that enable antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST). The successful candidate will in this project be part of a research team developing a very robust microfluidics-based method for ultra-rapid AST, to allow for close to the fastest possible phenotypic AST of impure clinical samples. The project involves development of microfluidics-based methods, together with optimization of sample preparation and handling, as wells as extensive clinical verification. This project will be run as a close collaboration between Uppsala University, the Uppsala University Hospital, the EUCAST Development Laboratory in Växjö, and the biotech company Gradientech AB.
Duties: The successful candidate will engage in research work and doctoral studies. Other duties at the department, i.e. administration and teaching, may be included in the employment up to a maximum level of 20 %.
Qualifications: We are seeking a candidate with a Master’s degree (MSc) in Molecular Biotechnology Engineering or equivalent degree in engineering. Well-documented experience with cross-disciplinary projects concerning method development and instrumentation is a merit. Deep understanding of bacteriology as well as extensive hands-on experience in experimental work with bacteria is a merit. The candidate must write and speak very good English, according to Uppsala University’s guidelines. The candidate is expected to take own initiatives as well as to collaborate with colleagues both within and outside of the group. Finally, significant weight will be given to personal suitability.
To be employed as a PhD student, the applicant must be accepted in the postgraduate program. Information concerning doctoral education, requirements and rules of admission can be found at http://www2.medfarm.uu.se/utbildning/forskarniva/. The length of the study period for full time employment is a maximum of four years. Terms for graduate studies can be found in Högskoleförordningen 5 kap 1-7 §§. Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/Rules_and_regulations_in_English/
Application: Please only submit your application using the Uppsala University Job portal. Please submit your application including (i) a CV, (ii) a letter describing your research interests, skills and motivation to apply for the position, (iii) publications and/or a copy of master thesis together with (iv) two reference letters.
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
Pay: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting: 2017-10-01, or as otherwise agreed
Working hours: 100 %
For further information about the position please contact
Associate Prof. Johan Kreuger, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46(0)18 471 4079
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2017-06-15, UFV-PA 2017/1715.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Medical Cell Biology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/1715
Last application date: 2017-06-15