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The Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, at the Institute of Medicine, conducts translational research primarily on metabolism, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease in order to improve health and healthcare in the community. The overall goal is to create an excellent translational research environment of a very high international standard.

Up to 90% of the cells in the human body are of microbial origin. We have demonstrated that the gut microbiota may have profound effects on host metabolism by combining gnotobiotic animal models with clinical material. We are now recruiting a researcher to investigate how the gut microbiota interacts with metformin and how these interactions affect mitochondria in the gut epithelium.

Job assignments

Work with germ-free and conventional mice with emphasis of metabolic phenotyping. The successful candidate will plan, design, and perform animal experiments where the mice will treated with different drugs. The applicant will also use molecular biology and biochemical methods to clarify signal pathways with focus on cellular mitochondrial metabolism. Finally, the applicant will use a Seahorse instrument to explore mitochondrial function.


PhD in a relevant research area. The applicant should have strong background in molecular and biochemical methods to clarify signaling pathways. It is a requirement that the applicant has vast experience in analyzing mitochondrial functions using Seahorse and it is a merit if the applicant has experience in proteomics. Significant experience with animal work and metabolic phenotyping is a requirement. Industrial and/or international experience is a merit. It is essential that the applicant can interact with other researchers and clinicians within a greater team. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.


Type of employment: Temporary employment, 17 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

Fredrik Bäckhed, Professor, +46(0)31-3427833,

Malin Levin, Head of department, 


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How to apply

Personal letter, CV and contact info to three references.

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Please enclose PhD certificate with the application.

Closing date
: 2021-12-09


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Salary is determined on an individual basis.

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