Postdoctoral Position in Systems Biology

Uppsala University Department of Cell and Molecular Biology


Postdoctoral Position in Systems Biology

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 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The position is with the research group of Johan Elf. The Elf group works across the borders of conventional research disciplines to investigate life at the molecular level. We build physical models of central biological processes and develop different measurement methods to test these in living cells.

We are recruiting a postdoctoral researcher that wants to develop and use frontline methods for studying dynamic processes in living cells. We offer a stimulating interdisciplinary environment where you will work closely with experts in microbiology, microfluidics, biophysics, artificial intelligence, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Please see for more information about our activities.

We offer projects in one or several of the following topics:

  1. Microbiology: Projects related to understanding the dynamics of regulation in bacteria, including transcription regulation, homologous recombination DNA repair, CRISPR target search, the translation process or the bacterial cell cycle. This topic can also include Tn- or CRISPR- screens with high content readouts. Background: molecular biology/microbiology.
  2. Biochemistry: Methods development for biochemical assays at high throughput sequencing platforms. Background: molecular-, or chemical biology.
  3. Deep learning: Image/Data analysis of single molecule data from images or other time series typically using deep learning and Bayesian inference techniques. Background: Mathematics/Physics.
  4. Microfluidics/Nanofabrication: Development of new ways to grow and manipulate microorganisms and chemical reactions in microfluidic devices. Background: engineering, nanotechnology.
  5. Single-molecule biophysics: Projects related to characterization of molecular dynamics in vitro or in vivo. Background: experimental biophysics.
  6. Polymer modeling: Modelling the 4D structure of the bacterial chromosome. Background: Physics or biophysics with a strong computational component.

Work description: You will do research within one or several of the areas outlined above. You will be involved in planning the project within the framework of the general goals and you will be in charge of the execution. You are very much encouraged to collaborate with the other researches in the team.

Requirements: To qualify for an employment as a postdoctor, you must have a PhD degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in molecular biology, biophysics/microbiology, chemical biology, mathematics, physics, engineering, nanotechnology, computational biology or equivalent. Your PhD degree must have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline. The three-year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc. 

You must also have the following qualifications:

  • A creative and self-motivated personality with interest in fundamental science or methods development.
  • Strong publication record.
  • Good team working skills.
  • Excellent communication skills in English.
  • Documented experience of solving complex scientific problems or methods development in at least one of the areas outlined above.

Your application should include

  • Cover letter (max 1 page).
  • CV including list of publications.
  • Copy of official academic transcripts.
  • Names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for three reference persons.

Salary: Individual salary.

Starting date: January 1st, 2021 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position, 2 years, according to central collective agreement.

Scope of employment: Fulltime, 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Prof. Johan Elf, phone +46-18-471 4678, or Irmeli Barkefors, phone +46-18-471 6681,

Please submit your application by November 16th 2020, UFV-PA 2020/3633

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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

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

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/3633

Last application date: 2020-11-16

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