PhD Position in Molecular Infection Medicine, Umea University, 2012 Sweden

The TBEV strains from Central Europe, Siberia and the Far East cause a broad range of pathological symptoms. The severity of disease is strain-dependent, with higher pathogenicity witnessed in the Far Eastern strains. Since the molecular mechanism underlying this virus strain dependency remains elusive, the main goal of the project is to investigate host determinants that set the differences in the pathogenicity and the neuroinvasiveness seen between the different TBEV strains. The different TBEV strains will be compared for sequence homology and growth properties in vitro and in vivo with focus on the interplay between the virus and the host immune system.

MIMS is established within the Umeå Centre for Microbial Research that includes researchers active in the fields of molecular and clinical microbiology, molecular biology, chemistry and physics and is closely connected to the university hospital. Applicants should have a high interest in the field of molecular biology, especially infection biology and virology, and be willing to take on a scientific and technical challenge. Prior hands-on experience in molecular biology, animal work and microbiology/virology is highly desirable. All candidates need to be skilled in both oral and written communication in English, be able to work independently as well as in collaboration with others and be highly motivated.

Scholarship Deadline: February 15th, 2012 at the latest.

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