PhD Scholarship Position in Vascular Biology in The Research Group of Taija Mkinen

Uppsala University, Sweden is inviting excellent students to apply for a PhD position in developmental biology. The funds for this fellowship are available for four years. This position is closed on January 16, 2019.

The Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology (IGP) at Uppsala University ( has a broad research profile with strong research groups focused on genomics, cancer and molecular diagnostics. One goal of IGP is to promote a close collaboration between clinical and pre-clinical researchers. Research is presently conducted in the areas of medical and clinical genetics, clinical immunology, bioinformatics, pathology, tumor biology and vascular biology. The department is also integrated with the units of clinical genetics, clinical immunology and clinical pathology-cytology at Akademiska Hospital, Uppsala. IGP is involved in many educations at the Medicine and pharmacy domain but is also involved in teaching at the Science and technology domain. IGP provides a well-developed infrastructure for studying molecular medicine. The yearly turnover is around 400 million SEK and there are approximately 680 employees or affiliated personnel, of which more than 100 are PhD-students.

A PhD student position is available for a highly motivated individual with interest in vascular/developmental biology to join the laboratory of Dr. Taija Mkinen at Uppsala University, Dept. of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology. Research in the lab focuses on understanding the regulation of the lymphatic vasculature in physiological and pathological conditions. The selected candidate will characterize mouse models of genetic lymphatic vascular diseases and study the underlying mechanisms by using a variety of molecular and cell biological approaches (including advanced microscopy, flow cytometry and RNA sequencing).

Further information on the activity of the research group can be accessed at

The successful candidate will devote most of the time towards his/her research level education. Other service activities within the department, e.g. education and administrative work can be included within the framework of the employment (maximum 20%). The position will be extended with the time devoted to teaching to allow four years of full time graduate studies.

The applicant should have MSc degree in a relevant area (e.g. Molecular Biology). Experience with experimental research, in vivo work including tissue dissection, preparation and staining, as well as molecular and cell biology and (confocal) microscopy are required. Experience with image processing and analysis would be advantageous. Strong merit would be knowledge of vascular and/or developmental biology. Good skills in oral and written English are required.

The application should include a CV, copies of exams, degrees and grades, contact details of two references and a short description of the applicant and his/her experience. Letters(s) of recommendation may be included. If the applicant has published scientific papers, they can also be included.


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