Uppsala University, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.

The department of Cell and Molecular Biology is an interdisciplinary research department that performs research in the fields of structural biology, microbiology, bioinformatics and molecular evolution (http://www.icm.uu.se). Our research group studies the molecular evolution of microbial genomes using bioinformatics analyses of large-scale genomics data. The knowledge is important for our understanding of the early evolution of life and of the mechanisms and selective forces that drive adaptations to different environments. We study specific questions such as for example: which genes are required for life, how do new genes evolve and how do cell with complex internal structures originate?


The goal of this PhD-student project is to study the evolution of microbial genomes using bioinformatics methods. More specifically, the aim is to study the processes that drive the evolution larger genomes and higher levels of cellular complexity. All living organisms have traditionally been divided into two main groups based on their cellular characteristics: prokaryotes (without nucleus) and eukaryotes (with nucleus). However, a recently discovered group of organisms, called the Planctomycetes, have membrane structures that resemble those of eukaryotes, despite being prokaryotes as defined genetically. To understand how this complexity has originated, the PhD student will perform comparative genomics and bioinformatics studies. The work will be performed using the latest methods in bioinformatics and the function, stability and structure of particularly interesting new genes will then be investigated. You may also work with departmental work, such as teaching. This will constitute at most 20% of the position. Information about postgraduate education can be found at the web site of the Faculty of Science and Technology, http://www.teknat.uu.se/education/postgraduate/. Applicants must be eligible for PhD studies at Uppsala University.


The candidate should have a Master of Science degree in Biology with specialization in bioinformatics, microbiology or related subject areas that the employer considers equivalent.. The candidate should be able to work well as part of a team but also independently, and be proficient in both written and spoken English.


Previous experience in bioinformatics analyses of sequence data is desirable, as is prior research experience and high grades.

The application

Your application should include a letter describing research interests and relevant experiences (maximum one page), CV, copies of grades, exams, master project thesis (or parts thereof) and additional documents (such as documentation of previous bioinformatics experience). Please provide contact information to reference persons and recommendation letters from prior research supervisors.

Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/search/?hits=30&languageId=1&search-language_en=English

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

In filling this position the university aims to recruit persons who, in the combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualifications, are judged most suitable to carry out and develop the work and to contribute to a positive development of the research group.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting date: as soon as possible, or otherwise agreed on

Type of position: Full time position.

For further information about the position please contact Professor Siv Andersson
Tel 018-4714379

Please submit your application UFV-PA 2018/4027 no later than January 14th 2019.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment snarast
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2018/4027
Union representative
  • Ellena Papaioannou, Seko, 018-471 3315
  • Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST, 018-471 6251
  • Per Sundman, Saco-rådet, 018-471 1485
Published 05.Dec.2018
Last application date 14.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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