Postdoctoral Positions in Microbiology, Chemometrics and Analytical Chemistry

Postdoctoral Positions in Microbiology, Chemometrics and Analytical Chemistry

The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS)/Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University

Umea, Sweden

The Cava lab at The Laboratory of Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) and the Department of Molecular Biology (Umeå University) studies cell wall biology and genetics in bacteria. Our goal is to improve the inventory of players in cell wall biogenesis, remodelling and regulation, characterize the function and interplay of known components, and evolve our work into quantitative studies and computational modelling. Gathered data will have an extraordinary potential as novel targets for the development of antimicrobials.

We are currently recruiting three postdocs in microbiology, chemometrics and analytical chemistry.
(I) Microbiology. The recruited postdoc will focus on investigating bacterial cell wall dynamics and discovering novel cell wall regulatory partners. The candidate will perform state of the art UPLC-MS assays coupled with chemometric tools, live microscopy and transposon-sequencing screening among other biochemical, cell and molecular biology techniques

(II) Chemometrics. The recruited postdoc will focus on the development of dedicated software for the comparative analysis of cell wall chromatographic and MS data, and generation and management of a cell wall database.

(III) Analytical chemistry. The recruited post-doc will be involved in the large scale, high-throughput analysis of bacterial cell wall samples using LC-MS. The person will also be responsible for the optimization and development of new analytical methods, sample preparation and analysis, and day-to-day maintenance and troubleshooting of the instruments.

Candidates must hold a University degree equivalent to a European University PhD at the time of recruitment. You should be highly motivated, have very good communication skills with senior colleagues and peers and the ability to interact in a team. You need to be skilled in both oral and written communication in English.

Umeå University ( is dedicated to providing creative environments for learning and work. We offer a wide variety of courses and programs, world leading research, and excellent innovation and collaboration opportunities. More than 4 400 employees and 34 000 students have already chosen Umeå University. We welcome your application!

The Department of Molecular Biology has about 200 employees. The department’s main tasks involve research, graduate education, and undergraduate education as well as interactions with the community. For more information, see:

Further information on the positions and Cava lab is available on our website at A complete application should be sent in English to Felipe Cava ( including: (i) a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and motives for applying, (ii) a curriculum vitae, and (iii) the names and contacts of three references.

Further information about the MIMS is found here And information about the research of Felipe Cava funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is found here:


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Postdoctoral Positions in Microbiology, Chemometrics and Analytical Chemistry