PhD student in Molecular Biosciences

Ref. No. SU FV-3331-19

at Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute. Closing date: 5 November 2019.

The Department of Molecular Biosciences, Wenner-Gren Institute (MBW) conducts experimental basic research in molecular cell biology, intergrative biology and infection and immune biology. The research environment is characterized by a modern and advanced methodology and has a strong international profile. MBW is one of the larger departments of the Faculty of Science at Stockholm University with more than 30 research groups and about 180 employees, of whom 65 are doctoral students. Read more about MBW at

Project description
This graduate student position is available in the laboratory headed by professor Antonio Barragan. The project integrates the areas of molecular parasitology with immunology and cell biology to understand how obligate intracellular parasites interact with host cells and cross biological barriers. To address these questions, molecular and cellular approaches together with advanced microscopy and experimental animal systems will be utilized. The project will focus on the interactions of Toxoplasma with biological barriers and polarized cell monolayers in vivo and ex vivo.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree and courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits (hp), 60 hp of which must be in the second cycle, or otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

Graduate studies in molecular biosciences requires a completed university degree at an advanced level or at least 240 credits of university education (240 hp in the Swedish universities), including at least 120 hp at the bachelor level in molecular biology, biology, chemistry or similar subject. Candidates should have successfully completed courses at the advanced level in molecular biosciences or equivalent subject (at least 60 hp), of which at least 30 hp represent independent research project work. Candidates who have other documented qualifications, obtained in Sweden or elsewhere, that are judged to provide equivalent knowledge are also qualified.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

The selection among the eligible candidates will primarily be based on the preceived capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates’ documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. Experience in research about bacterial interaction with host cells and with the immune system, as well as studies of cellular responses during bacterial infection will be an asset. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations.

Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact Professor Antonio Barragan, telephone: +46 8 16 41 56,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application: contact details and personal data, highest degree, language skills and 2–3 references. In addition, please include the following documents: CV, cover letter, degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements, letters of recommendation, degree projects/theses and a project proposal describing why you are interested in the field/project, why and how you wish to complete the project and what makes you suitable for the project.

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

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