Postdoctor in in obstetrics and gynecology

Ref PAR 2022/1590

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The Institute of Clinical Sciences is one of six Institutes within Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg. We conduct research and education that puts people's health and quality of life in focus. We represent 16 different research areas and are divided into four sections.

The department of obstetrics and gynecology conducts research in reproductive health and pregnancy outcomes. Many of the research group leaders have a translational approach with laboratory based research in connection to clinical research.

The employment is within Lina Bergman’s research group that focuses on preeclampsia with its complications for mother and offspring in short- and long-term. A specific research focus is cerebral complications in the mother. The research activities include biobanks and databases in Sweden and South Africa, epidemiological studies, randomized controlled trials of drugs to treat preeclampsia, in vitro studies of the blood-brain barrier and immunological reactions in the brain and an animal model of preeclampsia. The position will be located to the laboratory for neurophysiology at Sahlgrenska Academy where Lina Bergman’s research group conducts their preclinical research.

The research group of Lina Bergman is also part of the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational medicine, (https://www.gu.se/en/molecular-translational-medicine), which means many excellent opportunities for career development and scientific exchange.

Subject area 

Neuroprotective treatment in preeclampsia 

Subject area description 

The research aims to increase the understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of cerebral complications to preeclampsia and to investigate potential neuroprotective treatments for preeclampsia. The research will be conducted through animal models (mouse and rat), particularly in the so called RUPP mode where the blood flow to the uterus is reduced in order to mimic a preeclampsia-like state with hypertension and end-organ dysfunction. The goal with the model is to treat the rats with old and new neuroprotective drugs and evaluate the effect through assessment of the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, degree of neuroinflammation and vessel reactivity. We also plan to investigate memory function in these animals after treatment as a proxy for long-term outcome. 

Duties 

The tasks include to perform animal surgery as described above, handle animals before and after surgery and collect biological samples after the experiments are terminated. Further, the position includes to take part in the evaluation of the outcomes with techniques present at the laboratory since before. The tasks also include to take part in supervision of PhD students at the laboratory and other students when they are at the laboratory. Finally, the tasks also involve to compile the results and writing of publications. 

Eligibility 

 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.    

Assessment criteria 

To qualify the applicant should have a Ph.D. in relevant subject. The applicant should have experience in handling animals and approved course in animal research and practical laboratory experience. Highly proficient in spoken and written English is necessary. Knowledge of Swedish is an asset.

Meriting experience from RUPP surgery, experience from blood-flow investigations and experience from in vivo experiments. Previous knowledge in neuroanatomu and / or neurophysiology is also meriting.

The applicant is expected to plan, execute, and analyze experiments in an independent manner and to actively contribute scientifically to the group. We value a candidate who is driven, organizational, meticulous, effective and independent. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability. 

Employment 

The employment is limited (temporary) for 2 years, 100% of full-time, with possibility of 12 months prolongation and is placed at the Institute of Clinical Sciences, department of obstetrics and gynecology. Starting date: As agreed.   

Contact information 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact associate professor Lina Bergman; phone: + 46 707920780 or e-mail: lina.bergman.2@gu.se or senior researcher; e-mail: joakim.ek@neuro.gu.se 

Unions 

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande  

 

Application 

Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. Attach a description over your strengths and what you believe would be your contributions to the research group Also describe your career goals for the coming 5 years.  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.  

 

Applications must be received by: 2022-12-06  

 

  

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