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Researcher - parasitic interaction of aquatic microbes

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  • Anställning

    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

  • Lön

    Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön

  • Publicerad

    24 april

  • Sök jobbet senast

    30 maj

Om jobbet

Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
We are looking for a reseacher, who is highly interested in parasitic interaction of aquatic microbes.
About the position
Parasitic interactions among aquatic microbes are important in structuring the community and affect carbon cycling in the lake. Our understanding of the diversity of parasites in the lake ecosystem and their interactions is limited to few groups and one-on-one interactions. In the context of this position, we will focus on understanding the functional basis of interactions between hosts and their co-infecting viruses in multipartite model systems. We also will develop other host-parasite model systems and study their interactions in a system with gradual addition of trophic constituents. To learn about our ongoing research you can check our webpage:

You will be engaged in both laboratory experiments and bioinformatics analyses of multi-omics datasets generated from host-parasite model systems and environmental samples. Major part of this position will focus on analysis of host-virus dynamics and identifying the functional basis of their interactions but also includes working on other types of parasitic interactions in the lake ecosystem. The research includes fieldwork for lake sampling and sample processing as well as experimental manipulations in the laboratory, cultivation of the host and isolation of parasites, alternative analytical methods, multi-omics analyses and scientific communication.

Your profile

In order to apply for the position you must have;
  • A PhD degree (or equivalent) with specialization in microbiology, microbial ecology, molecular biology, bioinformatics or related areas
  • Proficiency in English speaking and writing
  • An analytical mind set and a keen interest in aquatic microbial ecology and phage genome evolution
  • A strong track record of scholar publications
  • Expertise in multi-omics analysis of microbes
  • Experience with field work and processing water samples
Personal suitability for the work tasks, such as good collaboration skills, ability to work independently and as a member of a group, and flexibility and problem-solving skills will be considered in the assessment of candidates.

The following experiences are considered as merits;
  • Demonstrated experience of using computer programming languages (UNIX command line and R/python) for multi-omics data analysis
  • Experience in mentorship of students
  • Experience in phage isolation and long-term handling of phage and bacterial isolates

About us

The Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment is working with applied environmental science, with a national responsibility for assessing the condition of Swedish surface waters with respect to water chemistry, pollution and aquatic biota. The research focuses on geochemical and hydrological processes, aquatic ecology and biodiversity, microbial ecology as well as on environmental chemistry and aquatic ecotoxicology. The department has some 140 employees, of which approximately half are researchers/doctoral students and the other half are technical and administrative staff.

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Form of employment:

Fixed-term employment 12 months, with possibility of extension.



Start date:



Please submit your application before deadline 30 May 2024. You can submit your application by clicking the button below.

Your application should include;
  • A cover letter that includes a summary of scientific background and a statement explaining why the candidate is motivated for this specific position and how this research project fit into the applicant’s career plan.
  • A CV summarizing education, research profile, merits, and other qualifying activities.
  • Contact information for two personal references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and phone number). No reference letters need to be submitted with the application.
  • PhD thesis and list of publications (reports, scientific articles, popular science, etc).
Please note that all documents should be in English. Interviews will be an important part of the appointment process.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has a key role in the development for sustainable life, based on science and education. Through our focus on the interaction between humans, animals and ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources, we contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet. Our main campuses are located in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, however, the university also operates at research stations, experimental forests and teaching sites throughout Sweden.

SLU has around 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and doctoral students and a turnover of over SEK 3 billion. We are investing in attractive environments on all of our campuses. We strive to provide a work environment characterised by inclusivity and gender equality, where different experiences generate conversations between people and pave the way for science, creativity and development. Therefore, we welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.


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