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Postdoctoral fellowship in marine prokaryotic ecology: Sweden

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science (Umeå University, Sweden) invites applicants for a post doc fellowship in marine prokaryotic ecology for a period of 2 years. Application deadline is 21 May 2019.

Project description

The adaptation of marine prokaryotes to cold climate and low growth rates will be investigated with cryo-electron microscopy and gene expression. In particular, the activities driven by maintenance respiration will be identified. This encompasses formation of cell structures like cell-cell channels, extra-cellular vesicles (OMV´s), and expression of genes for e.g. cytoplasm integrity, osmotic potential, storage material and foraging (i.e., ecto- or exoenzymes). Investigations will be done by continuous cultivation, mesocosm-facility with ice-formation capacity and an Arctic expedition 2020 (Synoptic Arctic Survey). The results will be published in scientific journals and be presented at international conferences. The project is a collaboration between Umeå University and the Linneaus University in the strategic research programme EcoChange.

The tax-free post-doc fellowship is funded by a 2-year grant from the Kempe foundation. The fellowship amounts to 24 580 SEK per month. Start is in June 2019 or after agreement.


The qualified applicant should have a PhD exam in microbiology or ecology where a focus on aquatic microbial ecology will be prioritized. The exam should not be more than 3 years old at last date for application. Good experience of experimental microbiology and biochemistry is required. Knowledge and experience of practical work with electron microscopy and gene expression is a merit, as are bioinformatics. Experience of continuous cultivation or mesocosm experiments are valuable. The holder should be able to participate in expeditions on ships at sea. Good ability to cooperate and knowledge in speaking and writing English is a requirement. The holder should have a driver´s license for cars valid in Sweden.

Your complete application, written in Swedish or English and marked with reference number Dnr FS 2.1.6-863-19, should be sent in a PDF-document to (state the reference number as subject) on May 21, 2019 at the latest.


For more information, contact Assoc. Prof. Johan Wikner ( or +4670 342 77 82) eller Prof. Jarone Pinhassi (

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