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At the Department of Rheumatology and Inflammation Research, at the Institute of Medicine, the main research areas are inflammation and inflammatory diseases irrespective of whether they are caused by allergies, infections or are autoimmune diseases. The aim is to investigate the underpinning mechanisms behind the inflammation. Several of our researchers also work as senior consultants at the clinics at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, which is a great advantage especially for translational research. 

The current group is led by professor Lill Mårtensson-Bopp consisting of postdocs, PhD students and guest researchers.

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This project aims to understand aspects of human B-cell biology, including signals and mechanisms involved in B-cell development in the bone marrow and differentiation in peripheral lymphoid organs, to better understand the clinical consequences of defects in these processes resulting in, e.g., immunodeficiency, autoimmunity, cancer.

In practice this entails isolating cells from bone marrow and other lymphoid organs, e.g., peripheral blood, tonsils. Set up various panels to stain the cells for different markers followed by flow cytometry, image stream, confocal mikroskopy, cell sorting etc. Moreover, primary cell populations are isolated for culturing in vitro to be followed by analyses to study e.g., proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, gene and protein expression. Other parts of the project use cell lines cultured in vitro and treated with different agents, the effects of which are analysed as above.


This position requires a PhD exam in a relevant subject, and a postdoctoral period is advantageous. It is a requirement that the applicant is fluent in English, oral and written. Some knowledge of Swedish is helpful work wise but not a requirement.

Moreover, extended theoretical knowledge of immunology and B-cell biology is a requirement, as is a long-standing background in flow cytometry (analyses and cell sorting), being the basis for most of our studies. Practical skills in the following is also a requirement; confocal microscopy, cell culture (cell lines, primary cells), down-stream assays e.g., proliferation, differentiation, protein- and gene expression, bioinformatic analyses. It is advantageous to have teaching experience and supervision of students.

As a person, you need to be accurate, structured, flexible, independent and be good at collaborating with other people.

The applicant’s personal suitability is highly important.


Type of employment: Temporary employment, 23 months Extent: 100 % Location: Institute of Medicine, Gothenburg First day of
employment: As soon as possible or by agreement

For further information regarding the position

Lill Mårtensson-Bopp, Head of Department, +46 31-3422492,


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Closing date
: 2021-09-28


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