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Funded PhD position; in medical science; at University of Gothenburg; in Sweden

PhD position in medical science – Translational metabolism research

Diary id:


PAR 2017/741

Employment level:


Time limited employment (temporary)



Institute of Medicine

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The principal investigator’s research group is situated at the Sahlgrenska Wallenberg Laboratory for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research ( This platform was initiated in 1987 as a translational research center within the Department of Medicine at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. In addition, the research group is a part of the Wallenberg Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine (WCMTM), which is part of a national effort to strengthen life science in Sweden (

Project title: Translational research targeting inflammation to promote metabolic health

Job assignments

We are recruiting an outstanding candidate for the international PhD program at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) for the Degree of Doctor in Medical Science. The four-year program corresponds to studies of 240 credits in total. The studies comprise of carrying out a scientific project in the area of obesity-related diseases and inflammation. The project includes presenting research findings at scientific conferences and attending seminars at the student’s department. In addition to this, the studies include successfully completing courses (at least 30 credits). The doctoral student must also independently write a scientific compilation thesis corresponding to at least 120 credits.

Project details: ‘Obesity poses one of the most serious public health challenges’, according to WHO. Indeed, obesity related co-morbidities substantially increase mortality. However, 30% of obese subjects are ‘metabolically healthy obese’, i.e. lacking metabolic disorders (diabetes, dyslipidemia and hypertension). Identification of the mechanisms that promote the metabolically healthy phenotype will be crucial to counter the public health burden of obesity, and forms the scientific question of the scientific research project.

The long-term goal of the project is to identify key determinants that promote metabolic health. The aim will be pursued using interdisciplinary and translational research. The project combines pre-clinical with clinical research. Key methods that will be used in combination with cell culture include flow cytometry, in vivo injections, microsurgery in mice, as well as explant cultures of human biopsies.


To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements.

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad

A person meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she:
has successfully completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies


In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented qualifications for:
– specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related research fields
– experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology
– scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like.


Time limited employment (temporary), 4 years. Extent: 100%. Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Medicine. First day of employment: as agreed.

Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1998:80. Only those who are admitted to third-cycle studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. They may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration according to the regulations.

The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. The total employment period may not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle studies for four years.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

For further information regarding the position

For more information about the project or questions about eligibility and assessment, please contact the project supervisor, Emma Börgeson, +46 (0)31 342 3833,

For more information regarding PhD education at Sahlgrenska Academy visit


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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. Attach verified copies of your education and English proficiency proving your eligibility. 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.

Closing date 2017-10-17

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned Translational research targeting inflammation to promote metabolic health.


Deadline: October 17, 2017.

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