Postdoctoral Positions in Biophysics

Uppsala University Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

1-2 Postdoctoral positions in Biophysics

Published: 2021-11-18

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 over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at Uppsala University is one of Europe’s most international, interdisciplinary, and successful research departments in molecular biosciences. The department's research is divided into six research programs covering everything from cell biology to biophysics and structural biology.

The advertised positions are with the research group of Johan Elf. The Elf group works across the borders of conventional research disciplines to investigate life at the molecular level. We build physical models of central biological processes and develop measurement methods to test these in living cells.

We are recruiting 1-2 postdocs that want to develop and use frontline methods for studying dynamic processes in living cells using microfluidics, optics and/or deep learning techniques. We offer a stimulating interdisciplinary environment where you will work closely with experts in synthetic biology, microbiology, microfluidics, biophysics, artificial intelligence, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Please see for more information about our activities.

We have available projects in one or ideally a combination of the following topics:

  • Microfluidics/Nanofabrication fluidics and interfaces with the macroscopic world: Development of new ways to grow and control microorganisms and chemical reactions in microfluidic devices. Background: engineering, nanotechnology, programing.
  • Optics and electronics: Development of optical instruments to image and manipulate cells in microfluidic devices. Background: Optics engineering, electric engineering, hardware-software integration.
  • Deep learning: Image/Data analysis of single-cell/single-molecule data from images or other time series typically using deep learning and Bayesian inference techniques. Background: Deep learning, Programming, Mathematics, Physics.

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You will do research within one or several of the areas outlined above. You will be involved in planning the project within the framework of the general goals of the lab and you will be in charge of the execution. You are encouraged to collaborate with the other researchers in the team.


To qualify for an employment as a postdoctor, you must have a PhD degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree, in biophysics, mathematics, physics, engineering, optics, nanotechnology, computer science or equivalent. The PhD degree must have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline. The three year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

You must also have the following qualifications:

  • A creative and self-motivated personality with an interest in fundamental science or methods development.
  • Good team working skills.
  • Excellent communication skills in English.
  • Strong publication record or other proof of scientific skill and maturity.
  • Documented experience in solving complex scientific problems or methods development in at least one of the areas outlined above.

Your application should include:

  • Cover letter (max 1 page).
  • CV including list of publications.
  • Copy of official academic transcripts.
  • Names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for three reference persons.

About the employment

The employment is a temporary position of two years according to central collective agreement. Scope of employment 100%. Starting date 2022-03-01 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Johan Elf,, +46-18-471 46 78, or Irmeli Barkefors,, +46-18-471 66 81.

Please submit your application by January 20th 2022, UFV-PA 2021/4411.

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Placement: Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

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

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/4411

Last application date: 2022-01-20

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