PhD Position in Medical Cell Biology with a Focus on Studies of Bacterial Biofilms
Sort on published: 2018-05-23
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.
The Department of Medical Cell Biology at Uppsala University has a strong and international research 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 require fast and correct treatment with antibiotics. A complicating factor in this context is that the bacteria sometimes can form biofilms with higher antibiotic resistance relative to planktonic bacteria. Biofilm formation may therefore cause treatment failure. Not so much is known regarding biofilm dynamics and the interactions of different bacterial populations within a biofilm over time.
The successful candidate will in this project be part of a research team developing a method for controlled high-resolution studies of bacterial biofilms. Population dynamics and development of resistance in biofilms will be studied using live-imaging and advanced microscopy. The project involves development of microfluidics-based methods, together with extensive studies of biofilm resistance and biofilm evolution. Associate Prof. Johan Kreuger will be the main supervisor and Prof. Dan I. Andersson co-supervisor. The project will be carried out within Uppsala Antibiotic Center (UAC) that was announced in 2015 to bring together, stimulate and support research addressing important questions regarding antibiotic resistance.
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 %.
Requirements: As a candidate for this position, you should have a Master’s degree (MSc) in Molecular Biotechnology Engineering or an equivalent degree. You should be ambitious, productive, and have a passion for science. Personal qualities, ability to work independently and at the same time be able to interact with other researchers both nationally and internationally is very important. Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English according to Uppsala University’s guidelines is required.
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.
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/search/?hits=30&languageId=1&search-language_en=English
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.
Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting date: 2018-09-01, or as otherwise agreed
Type of position: Full time position.
For further information about the position please contact:
Associate Prof. Johan Kreuger (Johan.Kreuger@mcb.uu.se), telephone +46 (0) 18 471 4079.
Please submit your application by July 31, 2018, UFV-PA 2018/1893.
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Placement: Department of Medical Cell Biology
Type of employment: Full time , PhD placement
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/1893
Last application date: 2018-07-31