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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.

If you are interested in translational work in the area of mucosal biology and to learn new methods the “Mucus and colitis group”, led by Dr. Malin E. V. Johansson, at the Institute of Biomedicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg can offer an exciting experience.

The research group is part of a world leading network of researchers (Mucin Biology Groups, working together to understand the function of mucins and mucus protecting our different epithelial surfaces.

Subject area

Mucosal biology

Subject area description

The gut is in many ways central to our perception of health and involves an intricate balance with the numerous microbes living in our intestine. The intestinal surface is covered by mucus as part of its protection and defects in the mucus system are associated with inflammatory disease. Mucus is produced and secreted by goblet cells that are found throughout the intestinal epithelium. Goblet cells are a heterogeneous cell population which we recently presented in Science (An intercrypt subpopulation of goblet cells is essential for colonic mucus barrier function) with various functions mostly not well understood. The objective is to continue this work by further investigating different human goblet cells and goblet cell and mucus alterations linked to inflammation in patients with IBD and in animal models. A particular focus will be to study a specific goblet cell type that is reduced in numbers in patients with ulcerative colitis and to determine the reason for their early detachment in disease.

Job assignments

The work will include several different methods as ex vivo analysis of mucus on intestinal explants in a perfusion chamber using confocal microscopy. Expression of mRNA and protein in FACS sorted intestinal cells and different stainings of tissue are also key methods in the project. Different murine colitis models, human biopsies from healthy and inflamed patients and cultured cells will be used. The research environment among the Mucin Biology Groups provides good opportunities to collaborate with, and learn from experts in a range of experimental methods. The applicant should also contribute to this environment with skills and knowledge. The candidate is expected to conduct the experimental research in an independent manner and extensively contribute to project planning and evaluation.


An achieved doctoral degree is compulsory for a position as postdoctor at the 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.


The profile we are looking for is a committed and responsible person with an ability to work independently and to be involved in the many collaborative studies performed. Applicants will be evaluated for relevant scientific and methodological skills as well as their personal engagement. The applicant must provide evidence of a PhD in a relevant research area with experience of working with animal models. Very good knowledge and experience in high resolution confocal microscopy and flow cytometry are considered strong merits and experience in single cell analysis, mass spectrometry, perfusion systems, histology and handling of clinical samples are highly valued. Knowledge in using a variety of methods including cell culture, molecular biology, and biochemistry is advantageous. Good skills in both written and spoken English are required.

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 Malin Johansson, Senior Lecturer, Associate professor

Email: Phone: +46729610501


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The application should contain:

- A cover letter giving a brief description of previous research experience, and what motivates you to apply for this position.

- A CV including a list of publications

- Proof of completed PhD

- Contact details of two references

Closing date: 2021-06-30


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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