1-3 Staff scientists to Cryo-EM facility at UCEM

Umeå University

Application deadline

February 28, 2024

1-3 Staff scientists to Cryo-EM facility at UCEM

Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest higher education institutions with over 37,000 students and about 4,700 employees. The University offers a diversity of high-quality education and world-leading research in several fields. Notably, the groundbreaking discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was made here. At Umeå University, everything is close. Our cohesive campuses make it easy to meet, work together and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture.

The ongoing societal transformation and large green investments in northern Sweden create enormous opportunities and complex challenges. For Umeå University, conducting research about – and in the middle of – a society in transition is key. We also take pride in delivering education to enable regions to expand quickly and sustainably. In fact, the future is made here.

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Umeå University is looking for a staff scientist with experience in cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). You will work with service, user support and method development at Umeå Centre for Electron Micorscopy (UCEM), a national research infrastructure. The position is funded by grants from SciLifeLab and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The employment starts as soon as possible, or as agreed. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2024.

Project description and working tasks

As a staff scientist, you will provide researchers with expert advice in the planning and implementation of electron microscopy (EM), electron tomography and image analysis, mainly in medical and biological research areas.

You will be involved in teaching methodology courses at postgraduate level and user training in EM. The duties include installation, operation and maintenance of instruments and computer systems, as well as assisting researchers in the preparation of EM samples, data collection, and image analyses.

You will act as a contact person for ongoing facility projects and collaborations between microscopy facilities in Sweden and internationally.

The work is planned together with the facility’s other staff and is carried out independently or together with partners or the facility’s users. Our working language is English.


We are looking for someone with a PhD in Structural Biology, Molecular Biology or equivalent. You have extensive experience in EM (TEM, FIB-SEM and/or cryo-EM), sample preparation, instrument handling and analysis.

Good computer skills with a focus on image analysis for cryo-EM 3D reconstruction are required.

You are independent and flexible and can take on new challenges, establish new methods and participate in several different projects in parallel. It is important that you have good collaborative skills and are able to receive and pass on expert skills, as well as that you have good communication skills and can express yourself in English in speech and writing fluently. You are initiative-taking, creative and have a service-oriented attitude and want to help facility users and research groups with research projects to achieve results.

Great emphasis will be placed on technical competence (experience of EM methods and image analysis) and have motivation to work with research infrastructure and service functions.

Experience in microscopy (different methods), structural biology, and chemical biology is meritorious. An international network within Cryo-EM and previous collaborations with national research infrastructures are highly valued.


The application should include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are applying for the position, references to research projects using EM, CV, degree certificate including PhD degree, other relevant certificates and grades, and names and contact information of at least two reference persons.

Applications must be submitted via our e-recruitment system Varbi no later than February 28, 2024.


The position is full-time permanent employment. Probationary employment may be applied. Starting date as soon as possible or as agreed.


For further information, please contact researcher Linda Sandblad, tel: 090-7867107 or e-mail: linda.sandblad@umu.se.

About Us

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology and has close to 200 employees, of which about 40 are doctoral students, and a strong and expanding research. Four major research areas, Biological Chemistry, IBEAM, Organic Chemistry and Engineering Chemistry, bring together the department’s research and education in chemistry. We are also a strong partner in the Swedish Chemical-Biological Centre (KBC). More information about being employed at Umeå university: https://www.umu.se/jobba-hos-oss/.

Umeå University strives to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment.

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Last updated: 2024-02-02

Content Responsible: Hampus Persson(hampus.persson@scilifelab.uu.se)