Postdoctoral fellowship to study gene regulation in Helicobacter pylori

Postdoctoral fellowship to study gene regulation in Helicobacter pylori

Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Umeå, Sweden

One postdoctoral fellowship for 2 years is open at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics. Our department offers a stimulating international research environment with access to advanced equipment ( and via the location in the Chemical Biological Centre ( to technical platforms. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to work within the project “The Helicobacter pylori adhesion protein SabA and mechanisms that control gene expression”.

Project description
The bacterium Helicobacter pylori persistently infects the stomach in half of the human population for lifetime. The overall aim of the project is to increase the understanding of bacterial factors that promote persistent infection and the association to disease development. We have previously generated new knowledge from in vivo and in vitro systems to in molecular terms describe how H. pylori fine-tune gene expression to adapt to its local environment. Using the H. pylori inflammation-associated adhesion protein SabA as model system, this project aims to continue the research and now seek to unravel molecular mechanisms that describe how H. pylori respond to gastric key-environmental factors and in particular to pH. The candidate will use genetic, molecular biology and biochemical approaches to analyze the bacterial responses.

Candidates should have a PhD degree, or equivalent, in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry or a related discipline. We are seeking a highly motivated applicant that has extensive laboratory experience in microbiology, molecular biology or biochemical methods. Experiences in molecular cloning, expression of recombinant proteins and biochemical analyses of DNA-protein interactions are an advantage. An ability to work independently as well as in a team, and good skills in the English language, are essential.

The application should contain (1) cover letter describing your scientific background (1-2 pages); (2) CV with full publication list and copies of the relevant degree certificates and a list of university courses; (3) a description of research experiences, as well as (4) names and contact information of at least two reference persons. Your complete application should be sent in PDF format to no later than May 31, 2019.

Contact: Assoc Prof Anna Arnqvist at, and see the lab website at

About us
The Department of Medical Bochemistry and Biophysics is located within the Chemical Biological Centre (in Swedish “Kemiskt Biologiskt Centrum”, KBC) – an interdisciplinary research centre for the natural sciences and medicine at Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The centre is unique in its collaborative structure and offers an excellent scientific infrastructure with several core facilities and technical platforms. Our goal is to promote a positive, creative, and interdisciplinary environment for research combined with an excellent graduate and undergraduate education. You can find more information here:

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Postdoctoral fellowship to study gene regulation in Helicobacter pylori