Mobile Genetic Elements (MGEs) are intrinsically related to pathogenesis, antibiotic resistance and one of the main factors in bacterial evolution. Thus understanding how MGEs express their genes and replicate their DNA is critical for our success combating bacterial infections. We study three important MGE in Staphylococcus aureus: i) Staphylococcal Cassette Chromosome (SCC elements), responsible for Methicillin Resistance S. aureus or MRSA; ii) staphylococcal bacteriophages and iii) Staphylococcus aureus Pathogenicity Islands (SaPIs), both phages and SaPIs have fundamental roles in bacterial plasticity and pathogenesis.


We offer a post-doc scholarship to study gene expression and DNA replication of staphylococcal MGEs using a multidisciplinary approach: genetics, biochemistry and structural biology, such as electron cryomicroscopy (cryoEM) and X-ray crystallography. The research will take place in an international and well-funded (Wallenberg Foundation) research group. The Umeå Core Facility Electron Microscopy is well equipped with a Titan Krios TEM, Falcon 3 detector, Volta phase plate, autoloader, etc. The X-Ray Crystallography Platform is also well equipped with in-house X-Ray source, mosquito robot, etc. Synchrotron’s access is secured. The scholarship is full-time for two years.

Competence requirements

To be eligible for the scholarship you should have a PhD in microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry or related discipline. Women are encouraged to apply. We are seeking applicants with experience in expression and purification of recombinant proteins. Background in structural biology is a plus. We expect the candidates to be able to work independently and as part of a team. Good oral and written communication skills in English are required.

The application

Interested candidates should send a single PDF file composed by

i) a cover letter (1 page),

ii) CV (3 pages max),

iii) a complete publication list,

iv) the contact information of 3 references and

v) copies of the latest degree certificate(s).



Your complete application, marked with reference number FS 2.1.6-898-19, should be sent to (state the reference number as subject), before 2019-06-15.

For further information please contact Ignacio Mir-Sanchis, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics,

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. If you are sending your application after the deadline (2019-06-15), please send it directly to Ignacio.