The Cava lab, situated at the Laboratory of Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) and the Department of Molecular Biology (Umeå University), is a dynamic research environment focused on exploring bacterial cell wall biology and genetics. Our research spans the intersection of basic and clinical investigations.

Our findings have revealed that numerous bacteria modify the chemistry of their cell walls, leading to significant impacts on both innate and adaptive immune responses in the intestine. In this project, our objective is to delve into the biological significance of cell wall chemical remodelling within the context of metabolic interactions between the microbiota and the host. Specifically, we aim to understand how these interactions may contribute to the development of chronic inflammatory disorders of the intestine.

Candidate must hold a university degree in Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, Immunology or Microbiology equivalent to a European University PhD at the time of recruitment. You should be highly motivated, have very good communication skills and the ability to interact in a team. You must have a good working knowledge of standard molecular biology, microbiology, and immunology techniques. It will be particularly qualifying to have demonstrated expertise in characterizing pattern recognition receptors and their signaling pathways. You need to be skilled in both oral and written communication in English.

A complete application (MS Word or PDF) should be submitted electronically in English to Felipe Cava ( including: (i) a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and motives for applying, (ii) a curriculum vitae, and (iii) the names and contacts of three references.
For more information, please contact Dr. Cava: or Dr. Bueno: