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OPEN POSITIONS Doctoral student in Medical Science - Effects of Antibiotics on Microbial Communities

Project title: Secondary Effects of Antibiotics on Microbial Communities

Job assignments

The PhD education in Medical Science comprise carrying out a scientific project and completing at least 30 credits of courses at third-cycle level. The doctoral student must also write a scientific compilation thesis or monograph corresponding to at least 120 credits. For more information about third-cycle studies at Sahlgrenska Academy, see https://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/sahlgrenskaakademin/forskarutbildning/languageId=100001

Project: Rapid antibiotic resistance development threatens our ability to perform modern healthcare. Alarmingly, there are indications that antibiotics not only drive increased resistance, but also enhance bacterial invasiveness and virulence. Thus, future pathogens could become multi-resistant “superbugs” for which we not only lack treatment options, but also cause more severe infections and spread more easily. Unfortunately, we know virtually nothing about this kind of development, where antibiotic exposure accelerates acquisition of other traits. This project will use large-scale techniques, such as DNA sequencing (transposon sequencing and metagenomics), to investigate how sub-inhibitory concentrations of antibiotics affect microbial communities.

Specifically, the project will examine how the ability for bacteria to colonize and invade established microbial communities is impacted by antibiotics. The project will also explore how antibiotics influence the interactions between different species in bacterial communities and if this may change their ability to withstand invasions. The goal is to identify which genes that are involved in all these processes and gain an understanding for the mechanisms that are important for stability in microbial communities. The project will also investigate if the genes that are important for colonization and invasion processes under antibiotic exposure also are involved in antibiotic resistance. Such genes are candidates to spread in bacterial populations, and could therefore become future resistance factors in pathogens, directly connecting environmental antibiotic exposure to human health risks.

The project will be performed as a collaboration between the research groups of Joakim Larsson (https://biomedicine.gu.se/ominst/avd/infektion/forskare/joakim_larsson) and Johan Bengtsson-Palme (https://microbiology.se) and will be tightly linked to the Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research (CARe; https://care.gu.se).

Third-cycle studies are equivalent to four year full-time and lead to a Degree of Doctor. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration (departmental duties). Before a PhD degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full-time post.

Eligibility

To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements.

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad

A person meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in Medical Science if he or she: has successfully completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies

Assessment

In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented qualifications for:
- specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related research fields
- experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology
- scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like.

Documented experience of experimental laboratory work and/or experience with bioinformatics/computational biology is meriting. Previous experience with microbial community analysis or experiments is also a merit, as is previous work in the microbiological field. Insights into antibiotic resistance development is an advantage, as well as an understanding of ecological and evolutionary theory. Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English are desirable, as well as good cooperation ability.

Employment

After admission to third-cycle studies you will be appointed to doctoral studentship. Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1993:100. The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. A person may be appointed to a doctoral studentship for a total of eight years. The total employment period may, however, not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle study for four years.

Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Infectious Diseases. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University. 

For further information regarding the position

For more information about the project please contact:

Principal supervisor Joakim Larsson, Professor, Institute of Biomedicine,
e-mail: joakim.larsson@fysiologi.gu.se 

Assistant supervisor Johan Bengtsson-Palme, Institute of Biomedicine,
e-post: johan.bengtsson-palme@gu.se

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

You must include the following, in pdf format

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
  • Proof of completion of  English 6 course or the acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies

If your degree is from a university outside of Sweden, check what you need to submit at https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/All-you-need-to-know1/Applying-for-studies/Documenting-your-eligibility-for-studies/Instructions-for-Masters-applicants/Specific-requirements-for-my-country1/ where you can also see what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English language requirement.

  • If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that can verify the degree at our request.

Closing date: 2019-12-09

 

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 47 500 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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