Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbiology

Uppsala, Sweden
380.000 SEK - 408.000 SEK
December 22 2016
UFV-PA 2016/4025
Position Type
Full Time

The Elflab is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher with a natural talent and strong motivation to identify and solve scientific problems. He/she will develop quantitative live cell experimental techniques to study dynamic cellular processes at high spatial and temporal resolution. Projects can for example be related to the synchronization of division and replication cycles in bacteria, the molecular correlation of cell-to-cell variation in growth, the search processes in homologous recombination or replication initiation in E coli.

The Elflab is an interdisciplinary group of scientists led by Prof. Johan Elf. The group works with physical modeling of biological processes aimed at identifying inconsistences in the current understating of life at the molecular level, formulation of quantitative hypothesis, and development of sufficiently accurate measurement techniques to test the predictions.

The postdoc will work in close collaboration with microfluidics experts, biophysicists, computer scientists, optical engineers, biochemists and molecular biologists, and software developers but is expected to run his/her own project independently. A strong track record from experimental projects, a passion for science and good interpersonal skills are prerequisites for the position.

Please see for more information about the research in the Elflab.

Qualifications required:

  • Creative and self-motivated personality with interest in fundamental science
  • Documented experience in experimental bacterial genetics/strain construction
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • PhD in microbiology or equivalent competence
  • Excellent communication skills in English

Qualifications desired:

  • Skills in synthetic biology and biophysics
  • Skills in biochemistry
  • Microscopy skills

Application should include:

  • Cover letter (aim for 1500 characters with spaces)
  • CV including list of publications
  • Copy of official academic transcripts
  • Names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for three reference persons

The position is initially limited to one year but can be extended.

Other information
The starting date is flexible. Please indicate approximate starting date.

For further details about the position, please contact
Dr. Irmeli Barkefors (irmeli ), phone +46-18-471 6681 or Prof. Johan Elf (, phone +46-18-471 4678. (Please do not send applications by email.)

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2017-01-31, UFV-PA 2016/4025

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (ICM) of Uppsala University is one of the most international, interdisciplinary and successful research departments in molecular biosciences in Europe including for example 5 ERC funded PIs.  

Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) is a national center for molecular biosciences that combines advanced technical competence and services with leading scientific research. SciLifeLab is a collaboration between the Karolinska Institutet, Uppsala University, Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University.