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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.

The Institute is composed of the following four departments:

  • The Department of Infectious Diseases
  • The Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • The Department of Laboratory Medicine

At present, the institute has about 360 employees and approximately 440 million SEK in total assets.

We are now looking for an ambitious postdoctoral scientist with a genuine interest in immunology to join Thorén lab at the Sahlgrenska Center for Cancer Research at the University of Gothenburg. We offer a friendly and stimulating environment in a highly dynamic research area.

Subject area

Molecular Immunology

Subject area description

In the Thorén lab we have a broad interest in human Natural killer (NK) cell biology. The research group comprises a mix of clinical and preclinical scientists and our research activities range from projects aiming at identifying novel NK cell receptor ligands to clinical immunotherapy trials. The postdoc will be part of the Sahlgrenska Center for Cancer Research which comprises 20 research groups focusing on different aspects of cancer biology

Together with clinical collaboration partners at Sahlgrenska University Hospital we have recently initiated a project focusing on the role of Natural killer cells (NK cells) in uveal melanoma – a disease entity where checkpoint inhibitors have largely failed to improve the outcome for patients.

Job assignments

The focus of the project is to explore the role of NK cells in uveal melanoma. The project involves fundamental assays of immune cell function as well as cutting edge technologies, such as single-cell RNA sequencing combined with oligo-conjugated mAbs, high-dimensional flow cytometry and CRISPR screens. The successful candidate will work closely together with preclinical and clinical colleagues, bioinformaticians etc and excellent communication skills are essential.


An achieved doctoral degree (PhD) is compulsory for a position as postdoctor at University of Gothenburg. The doctoral thesis shall be in a relevant area according to the specific position stated here. Since a position as postdoctor aims to give new holders of the doctorate the opportunity mainly to strengthen and develop their scholarly proficiency, we aim for those who have a doctoral degree not older than 3 years counting from last date of application.

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


We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with a doctoral degree in immunology/oncology and a strong publication record in relevant areas of research.  The ideal candidate has experience in above-mentioned technologies, such as multidimensional flow cytometry, multi-omics data generation and analysis etc. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communications skills and capacity to work both independently and together in teams. Fluency in English is a requirement.

Eligible applicants will be ranked based on relevance of research background and publication record. Interviews will be held with top-ranked applicants to assess language proficiency, communication skills and analytical skills and personal suitability.

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 placement at the Institute of Biomedicine. First day of employment as agreed.

For further information:

Please contact: Fredrik Bergh Thorén, Professor, Phone:  +46-31-786 66 73,  e-mail


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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 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

Closing date: 2021-04-30.


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

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

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.


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