Postdoctoral researcher in Biomedicine
Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1- 06865/2021
We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in Biomedicine for a fixed-term position for 6 months with a possibility of extension at the school of medical sciences.
The subject area for this position is Medical Sciences, with special focus on Biomedicine/Host-bacterial interaction.
Örebro University is a modern and one of the fastest growing university with internationally prominent research. This year Örebro University is placed at 75 when Times Higher Education ranked the young universities in the world, and was placed at 30 when looking at the citation rate per se. Örebro University is a state university, which entitles to several benefits such as extended holiday and generous occupational pension. Employees also receives health and wellness coupons. https://www.oru.se/english/working-at-orebrouniversity/why-work-at-orebro-university/
The position is within Inflammatory Response and Infection Susceptibility Centre (iRiSC) at Örebro University https://www.oru.se/english/research/research-environments/mh/inflammatory-response-and-infection-susceptibility-centre-irisc/
Uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC) is the most common bacteria to cause urinary tract infections (UTI). Post-menopausal women have an increased risk of recurrent UTIs. This is partly explained by reduced estrogenic effects on host defenses against UTIs. Estrogen replacement therapy was shown to be able to reduce the number of episodes of UTI in menopausal women. However, we do not know today if estrogen replacement therapy would help clear an already ongoing UPEC mediated UTI in menopausal women. Current research is mostly focused on how UPEC affects host factors, but not so much is known about how host factors like estrogen affect UPEC virulence.
The overall aim of the project is to investigate the impact of estradiol exposure on the virulence of Uropathogenic E. coli and the outcome of an UTI.
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 formulating and testing the scientific hypothesis with experimental work, presentations, and preparation of publications. The applicant will be responsible for research, academic and administrative activities and expected to adapt existing and develop new scientific techniques, test hypothesis and analyse data from a variety of sources.
The applicant will work on in vitro experiments conducted with E. coli, urinary tract epithelium and lymphocytes. In vivo mouse UTI experiment will also be conducted. Basic technical skills like cell culture, ELISA, Western blot, RT-qPCR etc is a requirement. This study will be conducted in close collaboration with two Swedish companies in the life science sector
Those qualified for appointment as a postdoctoral researcher are applicants who have been awarded a doctoral degree in a subject matter relevant for the position or have a degree from abroad deemed to correspond to a doctoral degree. The degree is to have been awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline. If special grounds exist, a person who has been awarded their doctoral degree prior to that should also be considered. Such grounds comprise leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical practice, positions of trust in a trade union or other similar circumstances.
A basis for the assessment is the applicant’s ability to disseminate information and communicate; collaborate and engage with the wider community; and facilitate utilisation of the university’s research; as well as the ability and suitability to cooperate with other members of staff and contribute to the development of university operations.
Particular attention is to be paid to the applicant’s prospects of contributing to the future development of both research and education. Importance is also attached to a demonstrated ability and ambition to embark on a career within academia.
The candidate should have proven knowledge and skills in microbiology, immunology and cell biology. In-depth knowledge and experience in cell culture, and various cellular and molecular biology techniques is required. The candidate should be capable of generating novel ideas, and possess skills to plan, manage, evaluate and execute research projects with a high degree of independence. The candidate should be well organised and have the ability of strategic thinking. Good soft skills and cooperative attitude are essential as the applicant will work in collaboration with other researchers and business partners. The ability to initiate and maintain networks to long-term collaboration is highly appreciated. Competence in both written and oral communication of research in English is a prerequisite for the position. In addition, personal suitability will be a factor in the selection process.
This is a fixed-term full-time position for 6 months with a possibility of extension. At Örebro University, salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.
At Örebro University, we expect each member of staff to be open to development and change; take responsibility for their work and performance; demonstrate a keen interest in collaboration and contribute to development; as well as to show respect for others by adopting a constructive and professional approach.
Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value 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:
- Covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the continued development of Örebro University
- CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience
- Account of research qualifications and experience
- Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
- Relevant scientific publications (maximum of 10 and in full-text format)
Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian and Danish can be reviewed.
More information for applicants will be found at out career site: https://www.oru.se/english/working-at-orebro-university/jobs-and-vacancies/applicants-and-external-experts/
The application deadline is 2021-11-30. We look forward to receiving your application!
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As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are 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.