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–NEW! February 21, 2023–

3-year post-doctoral fellowship to study protist:bacteria interactions as part of our ERC TANGO2 project
Preferred start date between May, 2023 and January, 2024, but can be negotiated

The background:
Every ecosystem on our planet is composed of a complex community of organisms. The function of these ecosystems is often dependent on interactions – or symbioses – between community members. In the microbial world, symbiotic interactions based on syntrophy (i.e., a type of mutualistic symbiosis where nutrients are exchanged between organisms to allow for metabolic division of labour) are common, especially between prokaryotic organisms in anoxic environments. Such interactions are essential drivers of biogeochemical processes like global carbon, nitrogen, and sulphur cycling. Whether similar roles can be attributed to single-cell eukaryotes (protists) occupying these environments remains unclear owing in large part to our limited understanding of the biology, syntrophic potential, and metabolism of anaerobic eukaryotes.

The project:

The fellow will develop a genetic tool to perform massively parallelized mutagenesis of bacterial symbionts of anaerobic protists to uncover genes essential for symbiotic interactions. These data will be used to approximate metabolic interactions between the organisms. The work focuses on the development of genetic tools to study protist:bacteria interactions. Some of the planned methodology include anaerobic culturing, development of genetic tools in Arcobacteracea transposon mutagenesis and bioinformatic analysis. (Figure modified from

What we offer you:
A fully funded 3-year employment at Lund University, Sweden to develop a new method for studying symbiotic interactions in eukaryotes starting as early as May 2023, however could be negotiated. Our vibrant department includes researchers at the frontiers of molecular biology, microbiology and evolution. Teaching and supervisory opportunities are available and encouraged for those wishing to build their teaching portfolios. Details of the salary and benefits can be found at the application link below.

What to do in Southern Sweden:
Lund is a picturesque city with cozy shops, restaurants, cinemas and parks. On weekends, you can find produce and handicraft markets scattered throughout the city. It’s easy to commute around the city with a bike or on foot. For that ‘big city feel’, Malmö (12 min) and Copenhagen (45 min) are only a train ride away for day, evening, or weekend trips. The largest international airport near Lund is in Copenhagen and easy to get to via train. In the summer, Lomma beach and marina is a 15 min trip by bus for swimming, kite surfing, or just soaking up the sun on a sandy beach. More information about Lund.

Your profile:
Enthusiastic about technique development and evolution of symbiotic interactions. Candidates with a strong background in mutagenesis, metabolism and/or biochemistry are strongly encouraged to apply. Previous experience with protists or anaerobes is not necessary but desired. Note: Qualified applicants with PhD degrees awarded more than three years ago will be considered.

How to apply:

All applications must be submitted at THIS LINK. Read the instructions carefully and be sure to answer the four questions posed in Varbi. Please be sure your application contains the following and is written in English:

  • CV (maximum of 2 pages)
  • Cover letter (maximum of 2 pages):
    • A general description of your past and future research interests, including methodological knowhow
    • A clear explanation of how your skills can be applied to the enclosed project
    • Contact information of 2-3 references, including previous main supervisors
  • List of publications (no page limit)
  • Copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered.
  • Note: Qualified applicants with PhD degrees awarded more than three years ago will be considered.

Preferred start date between May, 2023 and January, 2024, but can be negotiated