PhD position in Cell Biology with a focus on Intelligent Automation

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 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences has 140 employees and a number of visiting researchers and fellow students. The department has twelve research groups with a common administration and we are doing research and teaching in pharmaceutical cell biology / biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutical and drug addiction, pharmacotherapy, pharmacokinetics, pharmacometry, clinical pharmacy, bioinformatics, imaging mass spectrometry, molecular neuropharmacology, immunology, biological drugs / biotechnology as well as toxicology and drug safety. More information about the department and its activities can be found at

Placement: The PhD student position is associated with the research group Pharmaceutical Bioinformatics

Duties: We are currently looking for an ambitious, highly motivated PhD student with a good background in cell biology as well as interest in molecular biology, high-throughput screening and bioinformatics, to join the research group of Assoc. Prof. Ola Spjuth (group website: The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers and participate in a project to build up an intelligent, automated laboratory for cell profiling, with applications in pharmacology and toxicology. For more information on the project, see

The position is a 5 year position that includes 20 % teaching.

Requirements: The highly motivated candidate should have a MSc in cell/molecular biology/biotechnology or equivalent field (at least 240 credits) and preferably previous laboratory experience.

The ideal candidate should be at least familiar with standard techniques including:

  • Cell culture models
  • Molecular biology, including western blotting, CRISPR/Cas9, cloning, transfection of shRNA and other vectors, RNA/DNA extraction, DNA fiber analysis, PCR and quantitative real-time PCR techniques
  • Cell viability, proliferation and apoptosis assays.
  • Immunofluorescence staining and immunoprecipitation techniques.
  • Fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS)
  • Liquid handling and automation

Further, we seek a candidate with a general interest in technology, and with an interest to learn/deepen the competence to automate lab operations with robotics and scripting.

The candidate should have excellent communication skills and be keen on actively interacting with other team members including biologists, software engineers, and researchers in AI/ML. Excellent skills in oral and written English are required.

Information about research-level education, eligibility requirements, and admission regulations can be found at

Applicants will be ranked by the supervisor in consultation with the Department Research Education group. The Committee for Research Education at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine-Pharmacy will admit the PhD student. Salaries will follow local guidelines at Uppsala University.

Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university’s rules and guidelines The holders of PhD student position primarily devote their time to own research-level education. Other duties at the Department involving teaching and administrative tasks maybe included in the framework of the position (max 20%). The PhD program normally lasts for 4 years research, plus maximally one year of teaching.

Application: The application should include a letter with a brief description of research interests and relevant experience in relation to the requirements listed above, a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, thesis as well as other relevant documents that the applicant wish to refer to.

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.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting date: By agreement. 

Type of employment: Temporary position.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Senior lecturer Ola Spjuth e-mail: Phone: +46 018-471 4681.

For questions around the employment please contact: Administrative coordinator Marina Rönngren,e-mail:

Please submit your application by 25 of October 2019, UFV-PA 2019/3337

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Placement: Bioinformatik

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/3337

Last application date: 2019-10-25

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