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In the laboratory we will use a combination of gut microbiota analyses, microbiota transplantations (FMT), state-of-the-art ex vivo mucus measurements, antimicrobial assays, as well as confocal and fluorescence microscopy. In addition, we will use dietary interventions in mice and humans and closely work with Norrlands University Hospital Umeå (NUS) to analyze relevant patient samples.

In addition to the specific requirements below, we are looking for self-motivated team members with strong interpersonal skills. Interested candidates, please consider the following open positions in the Schroeder lab:

Postdocs

Postdoc opportunity 1 – Gut microbiota and mucosal barrier function
In the planned postdoc project, we will use a combination of gut microbiota analyses, microbiota transplantations (FMT), state-of-the-art ex vivo mucus measurements, as well as confocal and fluorescence microscopy. A major focus of this project is to analyze relevant patient samples in close collaboration with Norrlands University Hospital Umeå (NUS).

Qualifications
Successful candidates must hold a university degree (PhD or equivalent for postdoctoral applications) in a subject area relevant for the positions. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application (30.04.2022).
The fellow should have experience in mucosal barrier function and/or gut microbiota research and must have very good knowledge of standard molecular biology and biochemical methods. Working experience with patient samples, mouse studies, gut microbiota analyses + manipulations and imaging techniques are strong merits.
The successful candidate needs to be highly motivated, have very good communication skills and is expected to be at ease collaborating with other scientists. The fellow should be a critical thinker and have high capacity to independently organize and lead projects. International experience is a merit while good skills in both oral and written communication in English is a must. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

Contact/ Application
Interested candidates are welcome to contact Björn for more information and/or submit an application for Fellowship 1, including: (i) a cover letter summarizing qualifications and specific motives for applying, (ii) a curriculum vitae, and (iii) the names and contacts of three references. All documents should be submitted in a single .pdf-file before April 30, 2022.


Postdoc opportunity 2 – Next-generation sequencing analyses
The aim of this project is to understand the effect of diet and dietary supplements on the interaction between gut microbiota and the intestinal mucosal barrier. We therefore seek a postdoctoral fellow for host and microbiota sequencing analyses from various intestinal regions after different in vivo intervention studies. The fellow should establish and perform different sequencing methods in the Schröder lab and will work closely with other lab members and an industry partner. The fellowship will primarily include bioinformatic analyses of sequencing data but can also include wet-lab work, such as library preparations.

Qualifications
A person who has been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate qualifies as a postdoctoral fellow. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application (23.05.22). A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this may be considered if special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave or clinical practice, appointments of trust in trade unions or similar circumstances.
The fellow must have documented practical experience in next-generation sequencing (NGS) library preparation, NGS sequencing analysis using R or Python as well as interpretation of the data. Experience with gut microbiota analyses is a strong merit. Furthermore, the fellow needs to be highly motivated, a critical thinker and be able to work productively in a team as well as independently. Fluent oral and written communication in English is essential for this project.
The fellow must demonstrate scientific productivity through publications in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals. The fellow should be able to take initiatives and have international working experience. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

Contact/ Application
Submit your application as a PDF marked with the reference number FS 2.1.6-876-22, both in the file name and in the subject field of the email, to medel@diarie.umu.se. The application can be written in English or Swedish. Application deadline is 23rd of May 2022.
A full application should include:

  • Personal letter, including a description of previous research experience and the specific motivation how it fits with the advertised fellowship (maximum 1 page),
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with publication list,
  • Copy of doctoral degree certificate,
  • Contact information for at least three reference persons.


Undergraduate students (Bachelor-/ Master level)

We are constantly looking for highly motivated and talented undergraduate students that are curious about the interaction between diet, gut microbiota and the intestinal mucosal immune system. Students that are interested in joining the lab (ideally 6 months), please contact Björn for more information and include a letter of motivation why you want to work with us (0.5-1 A4 page, including prior research experience), a CV and up to two reference contacts to enquire about opportunities in the lab.
Please contact us well in advance since our available student projects are quickly filled.

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