Researcher in Neuroscience and Physiology

University of Gothenburg Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology

Researcher in Neuroscience and Physiology

Diary id: PAR 2020/393
Employment level: Open ended
Location: Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Apply by: 2020-04-10

The Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, invites applications for a researcher position at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience.

The Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology is recruiting a researcher for the study of the eye disease retinopathy of prematurity and other morbidities that affect extremely preterm infants. The position is placed at the Göteborg Pediatric Growth Research Center, Sahlgrenska University hospital/Östra. The researcher will be a part of a cross-disciplinary research team focusing on the identification of biomarkers for diagnosing morbidities connected to extremely preterm birth, and to investigate the effect of new treatments in preventing development of morbidities.

Job assignments

The main task for the researcher will be to study the eye disease retinopathy of prematurity in extremely preterm infants and how it relates to the development of the central nervous system. Particular emphasis will be on determining the role of lipids in disease progression, particularly the role of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and their oxidized metabolites. Also other morbidities related to preterm birth will be studied, including the lung disease bronchopulmonary dysplasia and intraventricular bleeding. The work includes analysis of samples obtained from experimental animal model as well as from clinical studies, and the applicant is expected to be able to bridge the knowledge between those two systems in order to test hypothesis and expand on our knowledge about the studied morbidities.

Laboratory work is an essential part of the job, and includes extraction of lipids and other metabolites from body fluids and tissues and subsequent analysis with gas- and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry and other relevant techniques. The candidate is expected to be able to use and further develop methods currently in use in the laboratory. The candidate is also expected to set up new methods using state-of-the-art techniques and thereby push research forward. Data processing and hypothesis testing using advanced statistical tools will be an integrated part of the work. Results will be prepared for publication in international scientific journals by the candidate.

Work tasks also include planning of future studies and surrounding infrastructure, writing research applications for funding, teaching and supervision of undergrad and doctoral students. The work could also include some travel.


The position as researcher expects the applicant to be a molecular biologist with a Phd degree in a relevant field and extensive experience in laboratory work. Skills and qualifications that are essential for the position are:

  • Documented experience in studies of morbidities in extremely preterm infants
  • Experience in translational research
  • Experience in clinical trials in preterm infants
  • Documented experience in analysis of fatty acids and polar lipids using GS-MS and LC-MS.
  • Documented experience in adopting and developing methods for analysis of complex lipids.
  • Extensive experience in laboratory work and molecular biology techniques.
  • Documented experience in working with products of enzymatic oxidation of fatty acids.
  • Published in international scientific journals with peer review.
  • Excellent skills in oral and written communication of research in English.

Experience of working with “omics” techniques, such as lipidomics and metabolomics, would be an asset. The candidate should be familiar with complex data analysis and advanced statistics. As supervision of students and teaching will be part of the work, the candidate should have an interest in pedagogy. Therefore, theoretical and practical experiences in pedagogic work are strong merits. Important skills other than essential expertise within the scientific field are ability to work simultaneously with multiple projects and to work independently as well as collaboratively. The candidate should be well structured and able to lead scientific investigations and to raise funding for these activities. Strong emphasis will be placed on ambition and personal suitability.


The employment is a permanent position, 100% of full-time and is placed at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology. Starting date; as soon as possible or as agreed. Probation may be applied.

For further information regarding the position

If you have questions regarding the position please contact Professor Ann Hellström, phone; 004631-343 4720, e-mail; or Professor/Assistant Head of Department, phone; 0046709-401042, e-mail;


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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Please enclose PhD certificate with the application.

Closing date: 20-04-10.