Postdoctoral fellow in Cancer epigenetics

Ref PAR 2022/1316

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Institute of Biomedicine is involved in both research and education. In both of these areas, we focus on fundamental knowledge of the living cell – what it consists of, how it works, how its function is directed by the genetic material, and how it interacts with various kinds of micro-organisms. Using this knowledge, we try to elucidate the causes of diseases, and find new ways to diagnose and treat them.

At present, the institute has about 360 employees and approximately 450 million SEK in total assets

The workplace is located at Sahlgrenska Center for Cancer Research within the University of Gothenburg, close to Sahlgrenska University Hospital. The center is part of a strategic research initiative focused on cancer within the Sahlgrenska Academy and consists of a number of research groups with research specializations from basic to clinical research projects with a translational focus. A postdoctoral position is now being announced in the research group led by Helena Carén at the Sahlgrenska Center for Cancer Research (


Subject area 

Cancer epigenetics


Subject area description 

In the research group, we work with brain tumors from adults and children with the long-term goals of understanding why the tumors occur and finding more effective treatments with fewer side effects. We focus on cancer stem cells that we isolate from patients with brain tumors.



Within the project, you will work with both experimental models and clinical samples. The project focuses on how the genome of cancer stem cells is regulated. You will use a variety of methods (cell biology, genetic, epigenetic, molecular biological) in your research. As a postdoctoral fellow, you will also summarize results in publications and present research data at meetings and conferences.



The eligibility criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg. 


To be eligible for appointment as a postdoc, the applicant is required to have a doctoral degree, a doctoral degree in art or a foreign degree that is deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree. This eligibility requirement must be met before the employment decision is made. 

In the first instance, those who have completed their degree no more than three years prior to the end of the application period shall be considered. Those who have completed their degree more than three years prior to the end of the application period may also be considered in the first instance if special grounds exist. Special grounds relate to leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, commissions of trust within union organisations, service within the defence services or other similar circumstances, as well as clinical service or service/assignment relevant to the subject area.  


Assessment criteria 

We are looking for an ambitious and driven person with a doctorate in a relevant subject and who has a strong research background. Strong merits are documented knowledge in cell and tumor biology, with a focus on brain tumor research. Experience in large-scale genetic and epigenetic experimental methods (such as RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, BS-seq and methylation arrays) and single-cell analyses is desirable as is long documented experience with programming tools such as R. Good ability to work independently within agreed frameworks and an excellent ability to communicate in writing and verbally are requirements.

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.



The employment is full time and temporary, two years with the possibility of one year's extension, with placement at the Institute of Biomedicine. First day of employment as agreed.


Selection process 

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Contact information 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Helena Carén, Associate Professor, 031-7863838,



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Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.  

The application should contain:

- A cover letter giving a brief description of previous research experience, and a motivation to why you are applying

- A CV including a list of publications

- Proof of completed PhD

- Contact details of two references


Applications must be received by: 2022-10-19



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