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New courses and opportunities at!

The following new courses have been advertised at

Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy (2-4 December 2015, UmU)

Protein structure and drug design (18-19 January 2016, LU)

Introduction to Bioinformatics using NGS data (25-29 January 2016, UU)

Additional opportunities:

Participants of the National Doctoral Programme in Infections and Antibiotics are invited to participate in the PhD/postdoc Symposium at Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany (10 December 2015) – please take this opportunity to increase your network! Registration deadline – 8 November.

The SciLifeLab Bioinformatics platform offers The Swedish Bioinformatics Advisory Program. Via this program PhD students can apply for a senior bioinformatician as a personal advisor for up to two years of their PhD studies. The deadline for the second round of applications expires 19 November 2015.

Jobs and fellowships are listed at via

Course in protein structure and drug design at LU 18-19 January 2016

Take the opportunity to learn more about protein structure and drug design during a two-day 1 ECTS course at Lund University 18-19 January 2016! Participants will gain deeper understanding and hands-on knowledge about protein-ligand interactions, compound docking and structures in drug design.

Overview of course content:

Day 1
Lecture: Protein-ligand interactions and drug design. Structure-based drug design (SBDD): Hit identification, hit optimisation lead generation
Tutorial: In silico screening and compound docking

Day 2
Lecture: Structural aspect of protein synthesis inhibition by antibiotics
Tutorial: Assessment and analysis of docking results

Link to additional information and registration

Deadline for registration: 1 December, 2015

Please visit for general information on protein structures.

Networking opportunity at the Helmholtz Centre in Germany 10 December!

The National Doctoral Programme in Infections and Antibiotics (NDPIA) collaborates with Helmholtz International Graduate School for Infection Research (HZI Graduate School) and NDPIA participants are invited to the HZI Graduate School PhD and ESR Symposium 10 December, 2015 (ESR = Early Stage Researcher: HZI postdocs at most two years after PhD graduation). At the symposium all participants will present either a poster or a talk.

Link to symposium flyer.

A maximum of 10 NDPIA participants can join this year’s symposium. Therefore, applications to participate in the symposium should be made via as soon as possible (deadline 8 November).

The symposium and accommodation in Braunschweig 9-11 December is free of charge and co-funding of travel costs is guaranteed for the 10 selected NDPIA participants.

Information about HZI Graduate School and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research via the NDPIA web page.

Please take this opportunity to extend your scientific network!

Jobs/fellowships announced via!

If you are looking for a postdoc position or a fellowship, please visit our new page Jobs/fellowships listing vacancies at institutes/organizations focusing on infection biology. Also announcements of separate specific positions are included. No e-mail alerts will be sent when new vacancies are posted, so please make a habit of visiting our new job opportunities page if you are looking for a new position.

Related to this, if you change your status from PhD student to postdoc or from postdoc to another position, please inform about this, facilitating keeping accurate records of NDPIA participants.

Free EBI bioinformatics modules at UmU 10-12/17-19 November, registration deadline 26 Oct

In collaboration with the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) the National Doctoral Programme in Infections and Antibiotics (NDPIA) will offer a number of bioinformatics modules 10-12 and 17-19 of November 2015. The modules will be taught at Umeå University by EBI staff and members of NDPIA are offered to participate for free. Non-NDPIA applicants can be considered if the modules are not fully subscribed (also without charge).

Half-day training modules (10-12 November):

  1. Introduction to databases at EMBL-EBI
  2. Protein sequence databases
  3. Protein function and classification
  4. Introduction to sequence searching at EMBL-EBI
  5. Standards and ontologies
  6. Interactions & pathways

Full-day training modules (17-19 November):

  1. Protein structures and tools from the PDBe
  2. Ensembl Genomes
  3. ArrayExpress / Expression Atlas

Link to schedule and information about the modules via EMBL-EBI.

Deadline for registration: 26 October 2015

Link to additional information and registration: