Lunds universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Inst. för translationell medicin

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Description of the workplace
At the Division for Experimental Infection Medicine, we conduct research in the areas of experimental immunology and microbiology with focus on respiratory tract infections. Our unit is placed within the Department of Translational Medicine and is physically located on floor B14 at the Biomedical Research Center in Lund in close proximity to other research groups working in the areas of infection medicine, immunology and respiratory biology as well as relevant core facilities.

Within the research group, we value a good working environment with respectful and considerate interactions with each other and we strive for a workplace that all employees can experience as developing and stimulating. We constantly work to create conditions that promote job satisfaction, personal development and inclusion for all employees. We find both physical safety and the psychosocial work environment of uttermost importance.

We offer
Lund University is a government agency. This means that employees receive special benefits, generous holidays, a flexible time agreement as well as a favorable occupational pension.
Duties and responsibilities.

Duties and responsibilities
At Lund University employment as a postdoc should provide the opportunity for scientific and pedagogical merit. The main priority of the position lies on qualifications in research, but also for certain university pedagogical training. 

The employment will contain work with the aim to develop novel model systems to study host-pathogen interactions and the modulating role of the respiratory normal bacterial flora during infections with respiratory pathogens. In one project, we investigate how respiratory pathogens form colonizing biofilms on respiratory epithelial surfaces and how virus infections and other disease triggers cause biofilm bacteria to become virulent and cause disease. In a second project, we investigate how protective species from the respiratory normal flora interact with respiratory pathogens on epithelial surfaces and how this affects the host inflammatory response to facilitate pathogen clearance. 

In both projects you will be responsible to develop model systems that better mimic the environments in the upper and lower respiratory tract. In collaboration with our colleagues you will be responsible for culturing and differentiating epithelial cells to upper and lower respiratory epithelium in ALI (air-liquid interface) cultures, as monolayers or organoids, in the presence or absence of relevant immune cell populations. These model systems will then be inoculated with respiratory bacteria and viruses and the bacterial and host cell responses will be analyzed through detection of inflammatory markers and mediators as well as through bioinformatic analyses (such as RNA-seq and proteomics).

Mentoring of students at the bachelor and master levels may be included in the duties. 

The employment requires:

  • A doctoral degree or similar degree within biological sciences or related subject area. The doctoral degree needs to have been completed before employment starts.
  • A good ability to develop and conduct research of good quality
  • Pedagogic skills. 
  • Relevant background knowledge within epithelial cell biology, bioinfocmatics, infection medicine and/or immunology
  • Experience with cell culture
  • Major importance will be placed on personal characteristics. The work tasks requires that you are thorough, well organized and independent. The evaluation will primarily be based on your scientific qualifications and future potential as scientists. Special emphasis will be placed on scientific ability within the area of research.

Additional qualifications for the position are:

  • PhD degree completed no more than three years before the application deadline.
  • Experience working with advanced cell culture methods and models
  • Experience with purification and preparation of RNA and DNA for expression analyses
  • Experience working with bioinformatic analyses.
  • Experience with bacterial culture, infection experiments, and analyses of such experiments, especially as it relates to respiratory tract infections.
  • Experience working with immune cells as well as assays to study their phenotype and function, such as flow cytometry and ELISA.
  • Experience compiling scientific data and producing scientific communication in writing.

The employment is limited to two years and is full-time. Preliminary start date is 2024-09-01 or as
agreed. The employment is time-limited according to the agreement, "Agreement on temporary
employment as a postdoc", between the labor parties (Arbetsgivarverket, OFR:s, Saco-S och SEKO)
daterat 2022-02-01.

How to apply
The position is applied for via the university's recruitment system. The application must contain a
personal letter with justification as to why you are interested in the employment and in what way the employment matches your qualifications. The application must also contain a CV, diploma or equivalent and other things that you wish to invoke (copies of grades, information for references, letters of recommendation, etc)

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2024-09-01 eller enligt överenskommelse
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2024/1726
  • Sarah Quist, HR-partner, +4640391055
  • Anders P Håkansson, rekryterande chef, +46725190255
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 21.May.2024
Last application date 12.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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