Postdoctoral researcher in Pharmacognosy - Antimicrobial peptides Uppsala University, Department of Medicinal Chemistry Sweden

Postdoctoral researcher in Pharmacognosy - Antimicrobial peptides


Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.


The Department of Medicinal Chemistry at Uppsala University is a strong and international research environment. The Department has about 85 employees and here, doctoral students, teachers, researchers and administrators work closely together in a creative and open workplace. More information about the Department can be found at the home page


The research in pharmacognosy uses nature's chemistry as a source and inspiration for new drugs. We are now searching for a dedicated postdoc researcher, whom is interested in working with the chemistry and biology of peptide natural products. More information about research conducted by the Pharmacognosy research group, where you will be active, is available at


The current project involves discovery and characterization of bioactive peptides. You will work in a research collaboration focusing on antimicrobial peptides generated from enzymatically processed animal connective tissues, as well as studying their antibiotic and immunological properties.



The work primary involves research, with limited administrational duties.


The research concerns the role of connective tissue in the immune system by generating antimicrobial peptides as a consequence of its degradation. Peptide extractions from processed tissue will be tested for activity against bacteria and fungi.  The composition of the extract will be mapped and active peptides characterized.  Mechanism of action, effect on wound healing and immune response, as well as their ability to bind bacterial toxins will be investigated, partly by external collaborations. As a postdoc you are expected to work independently and in close collaboration with experts in the field.


You will be responsible for equipment relevant to your own research and are expected to contribute actively to the research environment. There are options to supervise degree students within the project.



We seek someone with good knowledge of preparative chromatography and of peptide sequencing by mass spectrometry and associated bioinformatics tools. Knowledge of English at a scientific level is required.


You should have a doctoral degree within a relevant field (related to e.g. peptide or protein chemistry). The PhD degree should have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline. The three-year period can be extended under certain circumstances, such as prolonged periods of illness, parental leave, military service and union duties.


Emphasis will also be put on personal skills, such as the ability to work with a creative and responsive attitude, both individually and as part of a team.


Desirable / Other merit

Experience with structure determination using NMR and of peptide synthesis is advantageous.  Likewise, experience of extractions and microbiological tests is of value.


Your application should include:

  • Personal letter that concerns suitability, interest in the position and research interest

  • CV with publication list

  • Contact details of two references (email and phone)

  • Copies of diplomas and certificates

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.


Salary: Individually negotiated salary.


Starting date: 2019-05-01 or according to agreement.


Type of position: Full time position, temporary position for two years.


For further information about the position please contact
Associate Professor Adam Strömstedt (head of project), email:, phone: +46 73 9414202, and Professor Anders Karlén (head of department),


Please submit your application by 22 March, 2019, UFV-PA 2018/560.


This is a translation of an original document in Swedish. In case of disagreement between the English and the Swedish version of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.


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Placement: Department of Medicinal Chemistry

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

Pay: Fast lön

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/560

Last application date: 2019-03-22

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