This project is funded by a grant from Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab), a Swedish national center for molecular biosciences with focus on health and environmental research. The center combines frontline technical expertise with advanced knowledge of translational medicine and molecular bioscience. SciLifeLab is hosted by four Swedish universities (Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University) and collaborates with several other universities.
The position will be associated with a project on characterising an enigmatic marine endosymbiosis in the genus Meringosphaera. These are single-celled eukaryotes that are globally distributed and are considered photosynthetic based on consistent observations of autofluorescent ‘green bodies’ and absence of feeding behaviours. The overarching goals of this two year postdoctoral project are to characterize the genetic integration and metabolic function of the photosynthesizing bodies of Meringosphaera. A suite of single cell methods wil be employed including halogenated in situ-hybridization-secondary ion mass spectromtey (HISH-SIMS), flourescence activated sorting (FACs) for single cell genome and transcriptome sequencing, confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). The position is a collaborative project between the laboratories of Rachel A Foster from SU and Fabien Burki from UU.
The position involves sampling, imaging by CLSM, and attempts for cultivation of Meringosphaera cells in enrichment cultures. Additonally, managing the sample preparations for FACS, single cell sequencing, and implementation of stable isotope experiments and preparing and overseeing samples for nanoSIMS analyses. Training will be provided when necessary.
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.