Open positions

If you are interested in joining the lab, please send an e-mail to Johan Bengtsson-Palme ( Any current openings for specific positions in the lab are listed below.

Postdoc: Innovative approaches to antibiotic resistance monitoring (SEARCHER)

Application deadline: July 31 (Ref 2024-0131)

In the SEARCHER project, we are characterizing emergent resistance in the environment, allowing their inclusion into AMR surveillance and detection before they become clinical problems. Specifically, this postdoc position will encompass the identification of novel resistance genes using exposure experiments in microcosms, the identification of early warning indicators for emerging resistance, and the definition of important settings where humans interact with environmental bacteria, carrying novel forms of resistance.

The project is financed funded by the JPI-AMR (through the Swedish Research Council), and the postdoc will participate in a an international consortium consisting of seven research groups located in Germany, France, Pakistan, Australia and Nigeria (see While working in the group, the postdoc will interact with other lab members with expertise in microbiology, bioinformatics and large-scale data analysis.

The work will consist of, for example, field sampling and laboratory experiments, prediction of genes responsible for antibiotic resistance from sequencing data, and large-scale screening for such novel resistance genes genes in environmental microbiomes. The postdoc will be responsible for experimental planning, sample collection, data handling, writing of publications and communications of results from the project, as well as internal communication within the project.

The candidate is expected to have a doctoral degree in a relevant subject, such as microbiology, molecular biology, biomedicine, or environmental sciences, previous wet lab experience – preferably with microbiology, and an ability to work independently as well as in teams. Other useful (but not mandatory) skills would be data analysis in R (or similar), experience with analysis of large-scale data, previous supervision of students and previous experience with wetlab work, such as bacterial culturing and DNA extraction.

If you feel that you are the right person for this job, please apply here:

The deadline is Jule 31, 2024.

Doctoral student: Bioinformatics and artificial intelligence applied to antibiotic resistance

Application deadline: June 7 (Ref 2024-0242)

I will be co-supervising a four-year PhD project on antibiotic resistance and AI, financed by the SciLifeLab and Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS) with Erik Kristiansson as the main supervisor. The position is interdisciplinary and combines mathematics and computer science with applications in biology in medicine. As mentioned, the PhD position will be supervised by Professor Erik Kristiansson and be located to the Dept. of Mathematical Sciences at Chalmers. In addition, the position will be co-supervised by Professor Joakim Larsson at the Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Gothenburg, Dr. Anna Johnning, Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre, and Johan Bengtsson-Palme, Chalmers University of Technology. The research project is centered around DNA sequence analysis, inference in biological networks, and modeling of evolution. The primary applications will be related to antibiotic resistance and bacterial genomics.

The candidate is expected to have a degree in bioinformatics, mathematical statistics, mathematics, computer science, physics, molecular biology, or any equivalent topic. Previous experience in analysis of large-scale biological data is desirable. It is important to have good computing and programming skills (e.g. in Python and R), experience with the Linux/UNIX computer environment, and, to the extent possible, previous experience in working with machine learning and/or artificial intelligence. The student will be part of the DDLS research school which is now being launched.

If you feel that you are the right person for this job, please apply here:

The deadline is June 7, 2024.

Master/Internship students

If you are a talented master student looking for a thesis project or an internship and think that you would be a good fit for the lab’s research themes, please send your CV and a short description of yourself to Johan Bengtsson-Palme ( We currently have some limitations on non-Chalmers students, but reach out and we will see what we can arrange.

If you are an international student, we essentially require the exchange to be done through one of the established channels (e.g. ERASMUS), as it otherwise is a big hassle setting the project up. We do, unfortunately, not have resources to support visiting students, so you would have to come with your own funding for living costs etc.

We will usually ask you to tell us in advance about your interests to find a suitable project, but when we have more specific open master thesis projects, they will be posted here: