Postdoctoral Position in Comparative Immunology

Uppsala University Department of Organismal Biology


Postdoctoral Position in Comparative Immunology

Published: 2022-12-15

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in 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 over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

At the Department of Organismal Biology, we conduct teaching and research on evolution, development and function at the organismal level. For more information see

The position is located in Söderhäll's research group ( at the Department of Organismal Biology (Uppsala University). We study innate immune processes in invertebrates, mainly crustaceans, and compare these reactions with those described in higher animals. The project that the position refers to involves studies of crayfish blood cell-forming (hematopoietic) organ, which contain stem cells that develop into several different types of cells, such as immune defense cells, but also cells that participate in the new formation of nerve cells and cells that repair damage in the brain.

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The candidate must conduct research full-time within the framework of the research group's project, mainly including studies of blood cell formation and immunity in crustaceans. The candidate shall take responsibility for ensuring that the research is of high quality. Supervision of students may occur and the candidate is expected to participate in the joint activities of the research group and also to take responsibility for the research's documentation and shared equipment.


PhD in Biology with a focus on cell biology or immunology or another subject that the employer deems equivalent. The degree needs to be obtained by the time of the decision of employment. Those who have obtained a PhD degree three years prior to the application deadline are primarily considered for the employment. The starting point of the three-year frame period is the application deadline. Due to special circumstances, the degree may have been obtained earlier. The three-year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

The candidate must have solid experience in laboratory work with blood cells and/or nerve cells from crustaceans or other arthropods, good skills in fluorescence microscopy, and extensive experience in molecular biology and/or protein chemistry work. As the research is conducted in an international environment and scientific articles are published in English, the ability to communicate in English (spoken and written) at a high level is an absolute requirement.

Additional qualifications

Experience with methods for studying mitophagy is advantageous, as is experience with RNA-FISH and confocal microscopy.

About the employment

The employment is a temporary position of at least two years and at most three years according to central collective agreement. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Irene Söderhäll, +46-18-4712817,

Please submit your application by 13 february 2023, UFV-PA 2022/4806

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Placement: Department of Organismal Biology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/4806

Last application date: 2023-02-13

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