Postdoc in Systems Biology of Human T cells


Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Scientist working in the area of systems biology to join a multidisciplinary team studying the gene regulatory network of human T cells. Our goal is to build a mechanistic model of activation and differentiation, including as many known and hypothesized interactions as feasible. This model will then be used to predict T cell behavior under normal and pathogenic conditions.

Content and responsibilities

The post-holder will primarily be responsible for setting up and executing protocols, using our newly established high-throughput facility. These protocols are focused on low-input bulk samples but there will be many opportunities to also work with single-cell analysis. Our lab focuses on multiomics data integration and development of new assays and algorithms, but need strengthening on the wet lab side. We however expect that any candidates will want to also learn about the computational side of things, and ideally already have some basic understanding of how to approach large scale datasets. You will play a key role in the interpretation, write-up and dissemination of results. The position may involve exchange to collaborators for learning new methods (in particular the nordic EMBL partnership nodes, but also industrial collaborators).


The candidate has probably recently obtained, or is about to get, a PhD. Ideally the candidate will have a strength in any of the areas we cover; these include either of human immunology, transcriptomics, epigenetics, microscopy, proteomics and metabolomics (by no means do we expect candidates to have covered all these areas already). Priority is given to anyone who has previously worked with either mass spectrometry or sequencing based datasets, on any level, or has experience with T cell culture. Having ever tried programming in any language will be helpful, but knowledge of cell biology possibly more so. Successful candidates will be motivated and organized, with excellent verbal and written communication skills. A willingness to travel and work with a diverse group of researchers in rewarding and stimulating environments, and the ability to work independently in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, are essential.


Postdoc funding has been secured for 2 + 2 years. Significant funding for large-scale experiments has been secured. Candidates are interviewed on a continuous basis. In case candidates have similar competence we will favour gender balance in our group.

The location – MIMS, Umeå, Sweden

Our lab is located at Umeå University, and MIMS, a part of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. This place has long been a centre of excellence for molecular genetics and pathogen research. Our group takes advantage of this, bringing mechanistic knowledge of disease up to modern scale with high-throughput biology. Umeå is a vibrant town, largely due to the students – international as well as from all over Sweden. Some personal favourites include the Swedish cuisine (gastropubs and microbreweries), over 6 dance styles represented, one of Swedens largest ju-jutsu clubs (among other budo), indoor and outdoor climbing, winter sports, sailing club, etc … Accommodation is affordable. Oh, and don’t worry about the language. The local pub even runs their pub quiz in english, as is the case with many other social activities! No lack of auroras in winter. For some news from Sweden, in english, try out The local.