Uppsala University, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in 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 45,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University (www.igp.uu.se) has a broad research profile with strong research groups focused on cancer, autoimmune and genetic diseases. A fundamental idea at the department is to stimulate translational research and thereby closer interactions between medical research and health care. Research is presently conducted in the following areas: medical and clinical genetics, clinical immunology, pathology, neuro-oncology, vascular biology, radiation science and molecular tools. Department activities are also integrated with the units for Oncology, Clinical Genetics, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Pathology, and Hospital Physics at Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala. The department has teaching assignments in several education programmes, including Master Programmes, at the Faculty of Medicine, and in a number of educations at the Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology. The department has a yearly turnover of around SEK 420 million, out of which more than half is made up of external funding. The staff amounts to approximately 345 employees, out of which 100 are PhD-students, and there are in total more than 700 affiliated people.

1-2 Research technician positions in translational genomics - Translation of findings from largescale genetic association studies for cardiometabolic diseases in humans using zebrafish model systems.

Project description: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified hundreds of genetic loci that are robustly associated with cardiometabolic risk factors and diseases. With few exceptions, the causal genes in these loci are currently unknown. Before results from GWAS can be translated into the clinic - for example as novel biomarkers or drug targets - we need to identify and characterise causal genes and mechanisms. Recent developments in CRISPR-Cas9-based mutagenesis, high-throughput imaging, and image-based analyses have highlighted the zebrafish as a promising model system for systematic, large-scale genetic screens in vivo.

The overall aim of the project is to identify and characterise causal genes in GWAS-identified loci for cardiometabolic risk factors and diseases using zebrafish model systems. 

The planned project aims to use image- and CRISPR-Cas9 based zebrafish model systems we developed and validated in-house to characterise 200 candidate genes with an anticipated role in cardiometabolic diseases. Successful candidates will work together in a team that will additionally consist of a research engineer and the PI.

Duties: Tasks performed by the team include: 1) designing of CRISPR-Cas9 guide RNAs (gRNAs) to target candidate genes; 2) gRNA synthesis and microinjection with Cas9 mRNA; 3) testing mutagenic efficiency of gRNAs using a fragment length PCR analysis; 4) raising CRISPR founders to adulthood, i. e. zebrafish husbandry; 5) crossing founders, pre-screening for the presence of fluorescently labelled transgenes, and preparing larvae for screening; 6) imaging larvae for disease-related traits using an automated positioning system and fluorescence microscope; 7) preparing samples for additional experiments - like biochemistry; and multiplexed, paired-end sequencing – using a robot;

8) objective quantification of imaging data using existing pipelines; 9) data management and quality control. Weekend work can occur.

Successful candidates will be placed in the den Hoed research group (http://igp.uu.se/forskning/ genetik_genomik/marcel-den-hoed/). The project is funded by a collaboration with industry.

Requirements: Applications are accepted from highly motivated candidates with a degree in Biomedicine, (Molecular) Medicine, Molecular (Cell) Biology, Marine Biology or similar and at least two years of relevant work experience. Written and oral proficiency in English is a prerequisite, as are basic knowledge of, and skills in molecular biology or fluorescence microscopy. A successful candidate should be a highly motivated, organised, reliable team player that can also work independently. Prior knowledge of and experience in zebrafish husbandry is required. Prior knowledge of and experience with microinjections, CRISPR-based mutagenesis, data handling, epidemiology, biostatistics and/or image-based analyses.

The application should include a cover letter describing yourself, your research interests, your experience with each of the tasks described above, and your availability. A CV; a verified list of course grades; and contact details for at least two reference persons should also be included. If available, a BSc and/or MSc certificate, and letters of recommendation can also be included.

Salary: Individual salary.

Starting date: 01-05-2020 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position ending 48 months.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Marcel den Hoed, PhD, phone +46-70-425 07 52,  marcel.den_hoed@igp.uu.se. 

Please submit your application by April 6 2020, UFV-PA 2020/834.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse
Salary Individual salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2020/834
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 19.Mar.2020
Last application date 06.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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