Research Engineer: Research Support for in vivo Malaria Model


Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology. Umeå University is dedicated to providing creative environments for learning and work. We offer a wide variety of courses and programmes, world leading research, and excellent innovation and collaboration opportunities. More than 4 300 employees and 31 500 students have already chosen Umeå University. We welcome your application!

Molecular Biology Department. The department provides a vibrant interfaculty research environment and there is access to a wide range of state-of-the-art imaging, metabolomics, genomics and screening facilities. You will join a research team that is part of the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), which is internationally well-connected through the EMBL Nordic Partnership for Molecular Medicine.

Description of tasks.We are building a new research group at MIMS to study the mosquito transmission of malaria parasites in a rodent model. The project forms part of a major effort funded by the European Research Council to systematically identify parasite gene functions in malaria transmission. You will work with different members of the team to provide specialized support for work with our rodent malaria transmission model, including the breeding and dissection of mosquitoes, infection of cultured cells and maintaining parasites in mice and rats. You will also provide general laboratory management. The position is for two years. The position is full time and is placed at the Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University, Sweden. The deadline for application is 2018-07-30. The position is expected to start in September 2018 or as otherwise agreed. For additional information, visit our lab page (, or contact Oliver Billker ( We will interview continuously for this post. If you fulfill criteria close to but not including all essential requirements, we would still encourage you to apply.

Essential qualifications

  1. The equivalent of a European bachelor’s or master’s degree in a biological science.
  2. Proven skills in cell culture.
  3. Two or more years’ experience in research with a rodent model of disease (preferentially mouse), including experience in administering i. v. injections and anaesthesia.
  4. Two or more years’ experience in rearing insects for research.
  5. Lab management experience including qualifications in general and biological health and safety.
  6. Ability to follow protocols and procedures precisely.
  7. Good experimental and record keeping skills.
  8. Excellent team working and communications skills for this highly interactive role.
  9. Good oral and written communication in English.

How to apply. You apply through our recruitment system. Follow the link above, log into the system and apply via the button at the bottom of the new page. The application should include:

  • A personal cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position and how you fulfil the essential criteria listed above (no more than one A4 page).
  • A curriculum vitae that documents academic education and past and previous employments.
  • Names and contact details with e-mail addresses of two to three references.
  • Other relevant documentation you wish to include in support of your application.