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Researcher in Optical Systems Engineering

Published: : 2017-09-25

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

The position is with the research group of Johan Elf and is part of a KAW funded project that aims to map the physical principles for how proteins search for specific sequences in the genome or transcriptome. The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers in biology, engineering and physics and you will work closely with several of these groups (

Project description: We are recruiting a researcher interested in developing, building and using frontline optical methods for studying biophysics and intracellular kinetics at high spatial and temporal resolution. The position is focused on the optical techniques and you should be comfortable designing and building complicated microscopy set-ups. The project specifically aims at implementing novel methods, including the continued development of the MINFLUX system, for tracking individual florescent molecules on the µ-second time scale. Experience with biological applications is not required for this position.

We offer a stimulating interdisciplinary environment and you will interact closely with a competent team of engineers, physicists, programmers, microbiologist, chemists and molecular biologists solving puzzles related to central aspects of life at the molecular level. For more information about our research, please visit The project is a collaboration with the Hell group in Göttingen.

Qualifications required:

  • PhD in relevant subject area, e.g. experimental physics, electrical engineering, biophysics.
  • Self-motivated personality with interest in fundamental science or methods development.
  • Documented experience in designing and building optical measurement systems or microscopes.
  • Excellent team working skills.
  • Excellent communication skills in English.

Qualification desired:

  • Experience in LabView and ideally also FPGA programming.
  • Experience in electrical engineering and hardware integration.
  • Documented experience of solving complex scientific problems and methods development.

Application should include:

  • CV including a list of publications.
  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page)
  • Copy of official academic transcripts.
  • Names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for three reference persons.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Pay: Individual salary

Starting: 1th of November 2017 or according to agreement

Type of employment: Temporary position one year.

Working hours: 100 %

For further information about the position, please contact Irmeli Barkefors (, phone +46-18-471 6681 or Johan Elf (, phone +46-18-471 4678.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than no later than October 22, 2017, UFV-PA 2017/3068

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Placement: Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/3068

Last application date: 2017-10-22

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