Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1-05297/2022
The School of Medical Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in vaccine
development for a fixed-term appointment.
The position is in Biomedicine.
Global epidemics of infectious diseases have often successfully been
controlled and even eradicated by the development of vaccines distributed
through effective vaccination programs. Microorganisms causing infectious
diseases are constantly emerging and re-emerging which highlights the need to
develop new and improved vaccines.
Developvaccines@oru is a research platform that focuses on development of
effective vaccines that can be delivered to mucosal surfaces. In this project,
you will have a special focus on the molecular biology and immunology of Tick-
borne encephalitis virus and related flaviviruses. More information about the
project can be found at
https: // www. oru.se/english/research/projects/mv/developvaccinesoru/
The project is transdisciplinary and involves the School of Medical Sciences
and the School of Science and Technology at Örebro university. It also
includes business partners in the Life Science/Pharmaceutical industry in
addition to other academic partners. Örebro University is one of the most
rapidly expanding universities in Sweden and was recently placed at number 75
when Times Higher Education ranked the young universities in the world, and at
number 30 with regards to scientific impact measured as the citation rate of
More information about Örebro University can be found at
https: // www. oru.se/english/
Duties and responsibilities
The appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is intended to enable persons who
have recently been awarded their doctoral degree, to consolidate and develop
primarily their research skills. The applicant will be involved in evaluation
of the vaccine candidates in vitro and in vivo (in cell- and animal
models) and has a role in analyzing antibodies and inflammatory markers,
using conventional techniques such as Western blotting, MesoScale, ELISpot and
ELISA. The applicant will have a special focus on molecular cloning, viral
reverse genetics, cell cultivation, propagation of infectious viruses in oru
BSL-2 laboratory and purification of proteins, viruses and virus like
particles. The applicant will also be involved in designing protocols for
vaccination, neutralization assays and challenge of developed vaccines in
animal models. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with the
other researchers and industrial partners within the project.
Those qualified for appointment as a postdoctoral researcher are applicants
who have been awarded a doctoral degree in a subject matter relevant for the
position (e.g. Biomedicine, Immunology, Molecular Cell Biology, Vaccinology,
Virology or Molecular Virology) or have a degree from abroad deemed to
correspond to a doctoral degree. The degree is to have been awarded no more
than three years prior to the application deadline. If special grounds exist,
a person who has been awarded their doctoral degree prior to that should also
be considered. Such grounds comprise leave of absence due to illness, parental
leave, clinical practice, positions of trust in a trade union or other similar
A basis for the assessment is the applicant's ability to disseminate
information and communicate; collaborate and engage with the wider community;
and facilitate utilisation of the university's research; as well as the
ability and suitability to cooperate with other members of staff and
contribute to the development of university operations.
Particular attention is to be paid to the applicant's prospects of
contributing to the future development of both research and education.
Importance is also attached to a demonstrated ability and ambition to embark
on a career within academia.
Other assessment criteria
Preferably, you have experience with vaccine development and have skills
using cellular and animal models and immunological techniques e.g. Western
blotting, ELISpot, MesoScale and ELISA. Research experience in cultivating of
infectious viruses, molecular virology including reverse genetics, confocal
laser scanner microscopy, is of special interest. Previous research activities
within mucosal immunology and evaluation of vaccine candidates and markers are
a merit. Since the project will be conducted in close collaborations with
industrial partners and other researchers, a cooperative mindset is of great
importance. The applicant should also be highly organized, be able to meet
deadlines, have a clear sense of responsibility, and be goal oriented. The
applicant shall also be fluent in oral and written English.
This is a fixed-term full-time position for two years. The salary depends on
the successful candidate's qualifications and experience.
For more information, please contact Associate Professor Wessam Melik via
E-mail; or Professor Magnus Johansson (Phone +46-73 704 84 85); E-mail:
Örebro University actively pursues an equal work environment and values the
qualities that diversity adds to our operations.
The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the
For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be
A covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the
continued development of the research in the field of vaccine development
and Örebro University.
CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and
experience and contact details of at least two references
An account of research/artistic qualifications
Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying
eligibility and criteria met
Scientific publications for consideration (maximum of 10) (Not only
Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian or Danish can be
More information for applicants will be found at out career site:
https: // www. oru.se/english/working-at-orebro-university/jobs-and-
The application deadline is 2022-10-03. We look forward to receiving your
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As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), Örebro
University is required to deposit one file copy of the application documents,
excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment
decision has gained legal force.