Research assistant

Ref PAR 2022/1545

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

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 would like to recruit a research assistant who can help us explore the functional role of long non-coding RNAs in tumor initiation and progression.

 

Duties 

Highly motivated candidates with strong technical experience in cell and molecular biology and bioinformatics can apply for this position. The applicant will investigate the functional role of lncRNA in the development of childhood cancer neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a cancer that occurs among children under 5 years of age. Over the past decade, my laboratory has identified several long non-coding RNAs (NBAT1 and CASC15) from the neuroblastoma risk-associated locus 6p22.3, which inhibit tumor growth (Cancer Cell 2014; Cancer Cell 2018;Neuro-Oncology Adv 2021 and Cancer Research 2021). Our recent work identified another such tumor suppressor lncRNA which promotes neuroblastoma through regulating mitochondrial functions. The candidate will work on understanding the mechanisms by which the newly identified lncRNA achieves tumor suppression. The selected candidate will work with primary tumors, and tumor cell lines.

 

Qualifications 

Applicants with a master’s degree in biology can apply for the position. The candidates must have very good technical experience in cell and molecular biology and bioinformatics. In particular, the candidates should have strong theoretical and technical expertise in immunology and have good experience of analyzing large-scale sequencing (RNA/DNA) datasets. The applicant should have very good writing and communication skills in English.

 

Employment 

The employment is full time and temporary, 6 months, with placement at the Institute of Biomedicine. First day of employment as agreed.

 

Selection process 

Help for applicants

 

Contact information for the post 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Chandrasekhar Kanduri, +46 31 786 6928, kanduri.chandrasekhar@gu.se

 

Unions 

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande 

 

Application 

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Please apply online.

The application should contain:

- A cover letter giving a brief description of previous research experience, and a motivation to why you are applying

- Proof of completed Master’s degree

- Contact details of two references

Applications must be received by: 2022-12-01

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

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