University of Gothenburg (GU)
The Institute of Biomedicine is involved in both research and education. In both of these areas, we focus on fundamental knowledge of the living cell – what it consists of, how it works, how its function is directed by the genetic material, and how it interacts with various kinds of micro-organisms. Using this knowledge, we try to elucidate the causes of diseases, and find new ways to diagnose and treat them.
The Institute is composed of the following four departments:
•The Department of Infectious Diseases
•The Department of Microbiology and Immunology
•The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Cell Biology
•The Department of Laboratory Medicine
At present, the institute has about 360 employees and approximately 450 million SEK in total assets.
We are looking for a postdoctoral candidate to join Anna Lundgren´s research group at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Gothenburg for studies of vaccine induced immune responses in humans. The group investigates immune responses to a new oral vaccine against enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) bacteria and to covid-19 vaccines. The postdoctoral candidate will participate in an ongoing project to evaluate how different vaccines, vaccine formulations and immunodeficiencies can influence immune responses and establishment of long-lived immunological memory.
Subject area description
There is a need for vaccines against many infectious diseases. Our group is particularly interested in developing a vaccine against diarrhea caused by ETEC bacteria, which is currently lacking. The vaccine will benefit infants and small children in low- and middle-income countries, where the infection is prevalent, but also travelers to these countries. Our group is also studying immune responses to covid-19 vaccines. In order to develop effective new vaccines, it is important to gain knowledge about immunological mechanisms that contribute to long-lived protective immunity after vaccination. It is therefore essential to analyze both primary immune responses and development of immunological memory after administration of new vaccines and to identify biomarkers of long-lived immunity.
The postdoctoral candidate is expected to work in a collaborative environment, including researchers and clinicians at the University of Gothenburg and the Sahlgrenska University Hospital and an industrial partner. The studies include both analysis of immune responses after administration of a new oral vaccine candidate against ETEC bacteria and vaccines against covid-19. Techniques that will be utilized include flow cytometry, cell culture, electrochemiluminescence and ELISA based assays. The job assignments include experimental work, establishment and validation of new laboratory methods, data analysis, organization of sample collections and results. The postdoctoral candidate is expected to write manuscripts for publication in scientific journals and grant applications to support the project.
An achieved doctoral degree is compulsory for a position as postdoctor at Göteborg University. The doctoral thesis shall be in a relevant area according to the specific position stated here. Since a position as postdoctor aims to give new holders of the doctorate the opportunity mainly to strengthen and develop their scholarly proficiency, we aim for those who have a doctoral degree not older than 3 years counting from last date of application.
The qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 – 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.
The candidate should have a strong background in immunology and experience of flow cytometry. Extensive experience of practical laboratory work is essential. Experience of clinical studies, vaccinology, and cell culture methods as well as first author publications are important merits. The candidate is expected to have good collaborative skills and well-documented ability to present scientific results both orally and in writing. Good knowledge of both Swedish and English is desirable. The applicant is expected to independently plan, conduct and document experiments performed alone or in collaboration with other researchers, students and technical personnel. Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability for the project.
Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 – 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.
The employment is full time and temporary, two years, with placement at the Institute of Biomedicine. First day of employment as agreed.
For further information
Please contact: Anna Lundgren, senior lecturer, tel +46 (0)70-2264574, email@example.com.
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The application should contain
– A cover letter giving a brief description of previous research experience, and the motivation for applying to the current position.
– A CV including a list of publications
– Proof of completed PhD
– Contact details of two references
Closing date: 2022-01-13