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At the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, at the Sahlgrenska Academy, we conduct research and education covering a wide range of knowledge areas. The institute comprises five different departments: Clinical Neuroscience, Health and Rehabilitation, Pharmacology, Physiology and Psychiatry and Neurochemistry.

The Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, invites applications for a Researcher position within Biological Psychiatry with focus on genetic biomarkers, at the Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry. The Department is home to educational programs and internationally leading research in human behavior, neuropsychiatric disease mechanisms, and psychiatric treatment and diagnostics.

The research group overarching aim is a better understanding of underlying neurobiological mechanisms in mood disorders and how these relates to clinical characteristics. We aim to identify biomarkers for diagnostics, prediction of treatment response, adverse effects and course of illness. One goal is to develop tools to enable personalized psychiatric care. 

We run clinical cohort studies comprising deep phenotyping as well as large scale clinical cohort collections for genetic studies. We combine collected information from national health care registers with biological analyses (genomics, proteomics and metabolomics). More information on ongoing research projects can be found on our website

Job assignments

This project is focused on the application of genetics, bioinformatics and biostatistics on research questions in clinical psychiatric research. We collaborate with the neurochemistry laboratory at the University of Gothenburg, the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet, and the national psychiatric quality registers.

The applicant will work with several study cohorts, including bipolar disorder ( The applicant is expected to work with research questions formulated in dialogue with the research leader, but there is also room for new ideas. The research questions focus on genetic analyses in relation to register data, other biomarkers, and clinical outcome variables. Scientific results will be published.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the field of medicine or other relevant subject area.

The applicant must have documented methodological knowledge of and experience in genome wide association studies (GWAS) and experience in psychiatric genetic research involving large or complex data. Experience in statistical analysis programs, e.g., SAS or R, is a requirement and experience of working with databases or bioinformatics software is a merit. Experience in the use of national healthcare registers is also meritorious. The applicant is expected to have completed a postdoc during at least 12 months.

Fluency in written and spoken English is a requirement, but not fluency in Swedish. Great importance will be placed on personal suitability. 


The employment is limited (temporary) for 24 months, 100% of full-time, and is placed at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology. Starting date; as soon as possible or as agreed.  

Appointment procedure

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system.

For further information

If you have questions regarding the employment please contact Professor/Chief Physician Mikael Landén, phone; +46 702 082304, e-mail;

Manager in charge is Professor/Head of Department Henrik Zetterberg, phone; +46 768 672 647, e-mail;

Application documents are not to be submitted through the contact persons.


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How to apply

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Please enclose PhD certificate with the application.

Closing date: 2021-11-30

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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