Postdoctoral position in Infection Medicine: Sweden

The Lund University seeks to fill the Postdoctoral position to work on “Research in acute and chronic airway infections in cystic fibrosis“.

Project description 
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is characterized by progressive lung function decline due to chronic bacterial colonisation of the lungs and frequent airway infections. The present project focuses on the CF pathogens Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Achromobacter xylosoxidans, with the aim to use molecular methods including genomics and cell infection models to characterise virulence factors involved in the establishment of acute and chronic airway infections. In particular, the role of Type 3 secretion and Twin-arginine translocation systems will be explored.

The Postdoctoral position will be placed at Lund University, Sweden, in affiliation with The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) at Umeå University. The intended project will be done in collaboration with Professor Åke Forsberg and other research groups at MIMS/UCMR .

PhD degree, no earlier than three years before the date of advertisement (max 3 years). This period is extended correspondingly by parental leave, clinical service, and certain commissions of trust. This is a qualifying appointment with primary orientation in research. The position is as an initial step in career and ranking of qualified applicants will be based on their scientific merits and future potential as scientist.

The ideal candidate should have a PhD in molecular biology, cell biology, or microbiology (or equivalent). The candidate should have excellent skills in molecular biology, including bacterial genetics for generation of specific mutants and expression of recombinant proteins, as well as experience of work with cell culture infection models and clinical bacterial isolates.

Experience from bioinformatics and genome based searches as well as genomic methods is a merit.

The candidate should be proficient in written and oral communication in English and is expected to work both independently and as part of an interactive team.

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