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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 at the Department of Physiology.

Researcher in physiology with a special focus on the development of insulin resistance and diabetes during pregnancy.

Obesity in pregnant women is increasing in all western countries. In Sweden, 43% of pregnant women are currently reported to be overweight or obese and the incidence has increased sharply over the last decade. These women are at increased risk of developing gestational diabetes (GDM). Women with GDM have an increased risk of pregnancy and childbirth complications as well as a significantly increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) after giving birth (30% develop T2D within 5 years of pregnancy). The position aims to follow these women in clinical trials to phenotypically characterize and find biomarkers for the risk of developing GDM during pregnancy as well as T2D postpartum.

Job assignments

The assignments include studies of women during and after pregnancy, including determination of insulin sensitivity, hormonal status and body composition with the aim of identifying individuals of highest risk for the development of GDM and T2D postpartum. The work includes methods such as oral glucose tolerance testing, body composition measurements with air plethysmography, cycle tests for maximum oxygen uptake, use of continuous glucose meters, and biomarker analyses. Studies of the importance of neuropeptides for weight development during and after pregnancy are also included in the research. Independent writing of scientific articles and research grant applications is an important part of the position. Teaching and supervision of students at undergraduate and advanced level is included in the position. This includes teaching exercise physiology, course leadership for an elective course on GDM, and supervision of degree projects in the medical program. Planning and management of research projects, as well as collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry are further included.


Eligibility requires a completed PhD with relevance for metabolic research. Firstly, scientific expertise with previous experience of work and publications in the subject area of the position is assessed. Secondly, pedagogical skill. Of merit is previous experience as project manager for large clinical research projects, as well as experience of the methods used in the study such as glucose tolerance testing, use of continuous glucose meters, measurement of body composition, measurement of fitness and strength, questionnaire collection, and measurements of physical activity in everyday life. Very good knowledge of Swedish and English in both speech and writing is a requirement.Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.


The employment is a permanent position, 100% of full-time and is placed at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology. Starting date; as soon as possible or as agreed. Probationary employment may be applied.

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 Agneta Holmäng, phone;031 786 3809, e-mail;

Manager in charge is Professor and Assistant Head of Department Holger Nilsson phone;031-786 35 18, e-mail;

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


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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 selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Please enclose PhD certificate with the application.

Closing date: 2021-12-08.

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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