Postdoctoral researcher in vaccine development

Fixed-term position
Full time
The application deadline is

Ref no: ORU 2.1.1- 05684/2020

The School of Medical Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in vaccine development for a fixed-term appointment.

Subject area

The position is in Biomedicine. 


Global epidemics of infectious diseases have often successfully been controlled and even eradicated by the development of vaccines distributed through effective vaccination programs. Microorganisms causing infectious diseases are constantly emerging and re-emerging which highlights the need to develop new and improved vaccines.

Developvaccines@oru is a new research project that focus on the exploration of immunization via mucosal membranes (airways and gastrointestinal tract), and the development of effective vaccines that are easy to administer. The current position is primarily placed within the subproject “Vaccination and evaluation” and as a postdoctoral researcher you will be involved in the work to evaluate the immunogenic properties of our prototypic vaccine candidates. In addition, you will have a special focus on our viral platforms, chiefly molecular virology of flaviviruses. You will also work in close collaboration with the researchers in the other two subprojects (“Composition and formulation” and “Production”).

The project is transdisciplinary and includes personnel from two research environments (“The inflammatory response and infection susceptibility centre” (iRiSC) at the School of Medical Sciences and “Örebro Life Science Centre” (OLSC) at the School of Science and Technology). It also includes business partners in the Life Science/Pharmaceutical industry in addition to other academic partners. Örebro University is one of the most rapidly expanding universities in Sweden and was most recently placed at number 75 when Times Higher Education ranked the young universities in the world, and at number 30 with regards to scientific impact measured as the citation rate of published papers.

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Duties and responsibilities

The appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is intended to enable persons who have recently been awarded their doctoral degree, to consolidate and develop primarily their research skills. The applicant will be involved in evaluation of the vaccine candidates in vitro and in vivo (in cell- and animal models) and has a role in analyzing antibodies and inflammatory markers, using conventional techniques such as Western blotting, MesoScale, ELISpot and ELISA. The applicant will have a special focus on molecular cloning, viral reverse genetics, cell cultivation, work with BSL2 infectious viruses, purification of viruses and virus like particles. The applicant will also be involved in designing protocols for vaccination, neutralization assays and challenge of developed vaccines in animal models.  The project will be conducted in close collaboration with the other researchers and industrial partners within the project.


Eligible for the appointment as postdoctoral researcher are applicants holding a doctoral degree in Biomedicine or in related subject areas (e.g. Immunology, Molecular Cell Biology, Virology or Molecular Virology. The doctoral degree should have been awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline. Candidates who have obtained their doctoral degree prior to that may however also be considered if special grounds exist (leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical duties, an elected position in a trade union, or other similar circumstances).

Assessment criteria

General assessment criteria include good interpersonal skills and an ability to cooperate, as well as the ability and suitability otherwise required to perform the duties well. Particular importance shall be attached to the qualities enabling the candidate to contribute to the future development of both research and education. A demonstrated ability and desire to pursue an academic career is also of importance.

Preferably, you have experience with vaccine development and have skills using cellular and animal models and immunological techniques e.g. Western blotting, ELISpot, MesoScale and ELISA. Research experience in cultivating of infectious viruses, molecular virology including reverse genetics, confocal laser scanner microscopy, is of special interest. Previous research activities within mucosal immunology and evaluation of vaccine candidates and markers is a merit. Since the project will be conducted in close collaborations with industrial partners and other researchers, a cooperative mindset is of great importance. The applicant should also be highly organized, be able to meet deadlines, have a clear sense of responsibility, and be goal oriented. The applicant shall also be fluent in oral and written English.


The position is a full-time positione for a fixed term of two years. The salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor Wessam Melik via E-mail; This is an email address or Magnus Johansson (Phone +46-73 704 84 85); E-mail: This is an email address

Örebro University actively pursues an equal work environment and values the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.


The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • A covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the continued development of the research in the field of vaccine development and Örebro University.
  • CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience and contact details of at least two references
  • An account of research/artistic qualifications
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • Scientific publications for consideration (maximum of 10) (Not only publication list.)

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian or Danish can be reviewed.

The application deadline is November 15, 2020. We look forward to receiving your application!

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As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), Örebro University is required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.