The PhD project will be carried out in a research environment of cooperation between the Department of Clinical Microbiology, Umeå University and the Division of CBRN Security and Defence (FOI), Swedish Defence Research Agency, Umeå, Sweden. The two institutions have a long standing common research interest in the detection and characterization of dangerous microorganisms using cutting edge technologies and scientific concepts. Microbial forensics is the practice of scientifically identifying dangerous microorganisms and their origins with the purpose of presenting the findings as legal and scientific evidence.
-The candidate should have a degree equivalent to a 240 ECTS European University Master in Biologyor alternatively, 120 Swedish (old) credits (Swe. poäng; corresponding to 180 ECTS credits) of higher education studies taken before July 1, 2007. -The education taken at the 2nd level should include bioinformatics, molecular sequence analysis, microbiology or comparative genomics. Knowledge in bioinformatics analyses of sequence data is desirable, as is prior research experience and high grades. -The candidate should willing to take on a scientific and technical challenge, be able to work well as part of a team but also independently, and be proficient in both written and spoken English.