Postdoctor in Suicidology

Ref PAR 2022/1520

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

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 postdoctoral position at the Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry.

Sahlgrenska Suicide Studies is a research group at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology. The group’s research has a special focus on suicidal behavior over the life course. A central aim is to identify patterns of risk factors that can contribute to the development of age-appropriate strategies for suicide prevention.  

Subject area


Subject area description

Suicide research with a particular focus on psychiatric and psychological phenomena. 

Job assignments

Central activities will include the design, planning and execution of cross-sectional and prospective studies in suicidology. The researcher will be involved in all parts of the projects, ranging from generating own research ideas, supervision and teaching of students involved in the projects, statistical analysis, data interpretation and manuscript preparation. Production of publications for submission to peer-reviewed journals will be a major part of the job. Other activities may include teaching in both university and clinical settings as well as popular science activities to spread research findings.


The eligibility criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg.  

To be eligible for appointment as a postdoc, the applicant is required to have a doctoral degree, a doctoral degree in art or a foreign degree that is deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree. This eligibility requirement must be met before the employment decision is made. 

In the first instance, those who have completed their degree no more than three years prior to the end of the application period shall be considered. Those who have completed their degree more than three years prior to the end of the application period may also be considered in the first instance if special grounds exist. Special grounds relate to leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, commissions of trust within union organisations, service within the defence services or other similar circumstances, as well as clinical service or service/assignment relevant to the subject area.  

To qualify as a postdoctoral researcher for this employment the applicant should hold a PhD in a relevant subject (psychiatric epidemiology).


Requirements include documentation of education within relevant areas (psychiatry, psychology), as well as experience of independent research involving the application of advanced statistics in psychiatric epidemiology and the study of suicidal behavior. The candidate is required to have documented competence in the independent design, planning and execution of studies within psychiatric epidemiology including clinical cohort studies. Experience of scientific supervision is also a requirement.

The candidate must be able to take own initiatives, work independently, and have good collaborative skills. Further, the candidate must show competence in scientific writing as well as oral presentation of scientific results. Fluency in both written and spoken English is a requirement for the position.

Research experience focusing on depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior is a merit for this position, as is experience of student supervision. Swedish language competence is a merit as clinical data are in Swedish. Personal suitability will weigh strongly in the evaluation process.


The employment is limited (temporary) for 2 years, 100% of full-time, and is placed at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology. Starting date: as soon as possible or as agreed. 

Contact information 

If you have questions regarding the employment please contact Professor/Chief Physician Margda Waern, phone: +46 702 272 205, 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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Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.  

Please enclose PhD certificate with the application.

Applications must be received by: 2022-11-29


Information for International Applicants 

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