Postdoctoral fellow in microbiology and mucosal immunology

Ref PAR 2024/16

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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.

Subject area 

Microbiology and mucosal immunology.

Subject area description 

The research group conducts research based on gastrointestinal immunity to bacterial infections and cancers. The announced position is within area of novel receptors for Cholera toxin and based on the following publications: Singla et al; Glycobiology, 2023, Cervin et al ; ACS Infect Dis., 2020 and PLOS Pathog., 2018


The post doctor position will be linked to a research project focusing on identification and functional assessments of novel ligands for Cholera toxin in the human small intestine to generate improved oral vaccines and antidotes. The methods that will be used in the project include single cell gene expression analyses, bioinformatics, multicolour immunohistochemistry, culture of organoids and cell lines as well as cellular assays. The candidate is also expected to supervise students at both master's and doctoral level and to apply for research grants.


The eligibility criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg. 

To be eligible for appointment as a postdoc, the applicant is required to have a doctoral degree, a doctoral degree in art or a foreign degree that is deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree. This eligibility requirement must be met before the employment decision is made. 

In the first instance, those who have completed their degree no more than three years prior to the end of the application period shall be considered. Those who have completed their degree more than three years prior to the end of the application period may also be considered in the first instance if special grounds exist. Special grounds relate to leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, commissions of trust within union organisations, service within the defence services or other similar circumstances, as well as clinical service or service/assignment relevant to the subject area.  

Assessment criteria 

To qualify the applicant should have a Ph.D. in relevant subject such as immunology, microbiology or cell biology. Knowledge or keen interest in the field of glycobiology is a merit. Practical laboratory experience within microbiology and/or mucosal immunology research is a requirement. Highly proficient in spoken and written English is necessary. Extensive experience in bioinformatics, molecular biology techniques, gene expression analyses, immunohistochemistry and cellular assays are highly valued. Documented knowledge within glycobiology, experience of supervision and teaching is an advantage. It is expected that you can conduct research in a highly independent manner. We value a candidate who is driven, organizational, meticulous, effective and independent. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability as the project is conducted in collaboration with other researchers.

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 the possibility of one year's extension, with placement at the Institute of Biomedicine. First day of employment as agreed. 

Selection process 

How to apply:

Contact information 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Ulf Yrlid, mail


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Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.  

The application should contain:

  • A cover letter giving a brief description of previous research experience, and a motivation to why you are applying
  • A CV including a list of publications
  • Proof of completed PhD
  • Contact details of two references

Applications must be received by: 2024-02-06

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