Researcher - Parasitic Interaction of Aquatic Microbes

Researcher - Parasitic Interaction of Aquatic Microbes

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Uppsala, Sweden

About the position

Parasitic interactions among aquatic microbes are important in structuring the community and affect carbon cycling in the lake. Our understanding of the diversity of parasites in the lake ecosystem and their interactions is limited to few groups and one-on-one interactions. In the context of this position, we will focus on understanding the functional basis of interactions between hosts and their co-infecting viruses in multipartite model systems. We also will develop other host-parasite model systems and study their interactions in a system with gradual addition of trophic constituents.

You will be engaged in both laboratory experiments and bioinformatics analyses of multi-omics datasets generated from host-parasite model systems and environmental samples. Major part of this position will focus on analysis of host-virus dynamics and identifying the functional basis of their interactions but also includes working on other types of parasitic interactions in the lake ecosystem. The research includes fieldwork for lake sampling and sample processing as well as experimental manipulations in the laboratory, cultivation of the host and isolation of parasites, alternative analytical methods, multi-omics analyses and scientific communication.

Your profile

In order to apply for the position you must have:

  • A PhD degree (or equivalent) with specialization in microbiology, microbial ecology, molecular biology, bioinformatics or related areas;
  • Proficiency in English speaking and writing;
  • An analytical mind set and a keen interest in aquatic microbial ecology and phage genome evolution;
  • A strong track record of scholar publications;
  • Expertise in multi-omics analysis of microbes;
  • Experience with field work and processing water samples;
  • Personal suitability for the work tasks, such as good collaboration skills, ability to work independently and as a member of a group, and flexibility and problem-solving skills will be considered in the assessment of candidates.

The following experiences are considered as merits:

  • Demonstrated experience of using computer programming languages (UNIX command line and R/python) for multi-omics data analysis;
  • Experience in mentorship of students;
  • Experience in phage isolation and long-term handling of phage and bacterial isolates.

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