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Position: Doctoral student in bioinformatics
Institution: Lund University
Location: Lund, Scania, Sweden
Duties: In this computational PhD project you will be using and developing tools for analysing bacterial genomes and predicting phage defence systems. You will work together with the other project team members in understanding and overcoming barriers to phage-based biocontrol in pathogenic bacteria. You will also be involved in the Atkinson lab’s joint effort to develop and maintain a publicly accessible bioinformatics toolbox
Requirements: Coding skills in Python; Proficiency in spoken and written English; Experience in using and/or developing computational methods for biological discovery; Background understanding of, and interest in bacteriophage biology
   
Text: Login and apply Swedish Norwegian Danish Finnish German Dutch Chinese (BETA) Polish French Romanian Norwegian (nynorsk) Doctoral student in bioinformatics Login and apply Faculty of Medicine, Department of Experimental Medical Science Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 45 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition. Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. Background We are looking for a full-time bioinformatics PhD student to be involved in the Novo Nordisk funded project: ‘Development of phage biocontrol to overcome the antiphage defense system arsenal of phytopathogenic Ralstonia solanacearum bacterium’. This is a project led by Ville Friman in the University of Helsinki, with Vasili Hauryliuk and Gemma C. Atkinson in the University of Lund as co-investigators. This position will be based in the Atkinson lab. Due to a lack of efficient control methods, plant-pathogenic bacteria threaten safe and stable food production. This project will develop a novel biocontrol method against the plant-pathogenic bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum by employing its natural viral enemies, phages. While phages are highly pathogen-specific and safe to the environment, they can become inefficient due to the rapid development of phage resistance. This project will overcome this by identifying antiphage defence systems in R. solanacearum , and then isolating phages that can counteract these defences by escaping their recognition or by deploying their own counter-defence systems. Description of the research group In the Atkinson lab we are interested in making discoveries about protein function and structure, with a focus on bacterial immune system components that protect against bacteriophages and other mobile genetic elements. We work mainly with bioinformatic methods, developing our own tools and taking advantage of the wealth of available genome and predicted proteome sequences. The Atkinson lab is based in the Faculty of Medicine of Lund University, in the Department of Experimental Medical Sciences (EMV) and is affiliated with the Lund University Virus Centre (LUVC). We strive for a supportive, respectful and stimulating working environment that promotes personal and professional development for all members. Further information: The Atkinson lab https://villefrimanscience.weebly.com/ https://portal.research.lu.se/en/persons/vasili-hauryliuk https://www.medicine.lu.se/faculty-medicine-lund-university/departments/department-experimental-medical-science We offer Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee Work at Lund university Responsibilities In this computational PhD project you will be using and developing tools for analysing bacterial genomes and predicting phage defence systems. You will work together with the other project team members in understanding and overcoming barriers to phage-based biocontrol in pathogenic bacteria. You will also be involved in the Atkinson lab’s joint effort to develop and maintain a publicly accessible bioinformatics toolbox (https://server.atkinson-lab.com/). This collaborative project will provide valuable networking and training opportunities including research visits to Helsinki University, and you will have the opportunity to attend and present your work at international meetings. Qualifications The positions requires: Coding skills in Python Proficiency in spoken and written English Experience in using and/or developing computational methods for biological discovery Background understanding of, and interest in bacteriophage biology Ability to conceive, execute, and complete research projects independently Creativity and good group-working skills Desired qualifications: Experience in creating pipelines for use with high performance computing clusters Competence in large dataset handling How to apply Include the following documents in your application: A cover letter (one page) with the following sections: Motivation (half a page). Explain your interest in the project, motivation for applying, and what you hope to learn Eligibility and experience (half a page). Explain how you fulfil the eligibility and expertise requirements, describe your previous relevant experience and outline how you will contribute to the research group. 2. A CV (maximum 2 pages) with contact details of two referees 3 . Bachelors and Masters certificates For more information contact Gemma C. Atkinson gemma.atkinson@med.lu.se Eligibility Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad. The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance. Type of employment Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§. Fulltime employment with desired start according to agreement. The Faculty of Medicine is a part of Lund University, and is responsible for education and research within medicine and healthcare. Our academic programs are closely linked with the healthcare system and are firmly anchored in the faculty’s strong research tradition. Our research spans a broad field within experimental preclinical research, near-patient clinical research and health sciences research. The Faculty of Medicine, with its 1,800 employees and 2,700 students in Lund and Malmö, is a knowledge-intensive meeting place for students, teachers and researchers from all over the world. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts. Type of employment Temporary position First day of employment According to agreement Salary Monthly salary Number of positions 1 Full-time equivalent 100 City Lund County Skåne län Country Sweden Reference number PA2024/339 Contact Gemma Atkinson, Research group leader, 046-2220000 Sofia Sönnerstedt, HR Partner, 46462229876 Union representative OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362 SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, kansli@saco-s.lu.se SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366 Published 05.Feb.2024 Last application date 05.Mar.2024 11:59 PM CET Login and apply Share links Return to job vacancies Varbi Recruit recruitment system Cookies Conditions and GDPR × Modal title We are using cookies for login, improved user experience and share links. 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