PhD student position in medical science
Sort on published: 2018-09-18
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.
At the Department of Neuroscience, we are working hard to increase our knowledge and insights into this area as well as into large areas of our musculoskeletal system and its disorders. A major objective with our research is to develop novel strategies to prevent and treat diseases and injuries in the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. By participating in different educational programs and courses, scientists at the Department communicate their knowledge to a wide range of future professional specialists – for example nurses, physicians, physiotherapists, speech pathologists and biomedical researchers.
We are about 130 employees, 100 graduate students and numerous young postdoctoral fellows. Moreover, a large number of professionals carry out research and teaching at Uppsala University Hospital (Akademiska sjukhuset) within the framework of the Department’s activity. Basic research is predominantly carried out the Uppsala University Biomedical Centre (BMC) and clinical research at various units in Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala University Hospital.
The Clinical Neurophysiology group offers a PhD student position to a highly motivated candidate who will work on an interdisciplinary project that combines computer programming and stem-cell culture. Candidates with good knowledge of programming, particularly in Matlab, and a genuine interest in neuroscience are encouraged to apply. The position is available immediately.
Who we are
Clinical Neurophysiology is a highly interdisciplinary group that conducts both clinical and preclinical research and integrates molecular biology, stem-cell technology and electrophysiology. Our aim is to enhance the knowledge about electrical communication between motorneurons and muscle cells in normal and diseased states with the overarching goal to propose novel strategies for the treatment of neuromuscular disorders.
The aim of this project is to establish a platform for studying the physiology and pathology of the human neuromuscular junction (NMJ) in vitro by combining human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology and high-density microelectrode arrays (HD-MEAs). These cutting-edge arrays comprise thousands of planar microelectrodes packed in an area of ~8 mm2, providing subcelluar resolution of electrogenic cells. Each electrode can both stimulate and record, enabling bidirectional communication with any cell on the array. The main goals are to:
- Build an in vitro model of a human NMJ directly on HD-MEAs using iPSC technology
- Develop methods to monitor and electrically control activity across the NMJ using HD-MEAs
- Utilize the established platform to induce and study neuromuscular diseases
- academic degree at the M.Sc. level
- solid knowledge in Matlab and Python programming
- willingness to learn and implement cell culture techniques
- applicants with engineering background and interest in neuroscience are particularly welcome
- to conduct independent research in close collaboration with other lab members
- to write scientific manuscripts and to present your work at conferences
- to teach in Swedish or English, for at most 20% of the time
- to supervise Master and undergraduate students
In order to be eligible you will have to be registered as a PhD student. The rules governing this process can be found (in Swedish) in Högskoleförordningen 5 kap 1-7 §§ and in the legislations of the Uppsala University http://regler.uu.se/.
Application: Welcome with your application containing CV, copies of diplomas and grades, any publications and a personal letter with a brief description of yourself, your knowledge and research interests and contact information for two reference persons (phone number and email). Applications are assessed according to the following criteria: fulfilment of eligibility requirements, previous experience of work and / or research in the area and personal suitability.
Rules governing PhD 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: Autumn 2018.
Type of position: Full time position.
For further information about the position please contact Associate professor Anna Rostedt Punga, tel +4618-611 3433, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check the group’s website at http://www.neuro.uu.se/forskning/Klinisk-neurofysiologi/
Please submit your application by October 17th 2018, UFV-PA 2018/3213.
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Placement: Department of Neuroscience
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
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 2018/3213
Last application date: 2018-10-17