Postdoctor in kidney physiology

Ref PAR 2023/1258

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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 as well as Psychiatry and neurochemistry.

The Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology invites applications for a postdoctoral position at the Department of Physiology.

We are looking for a motivated and talented postdoctoral researcher to run an innovative research project in the field of renal physiology. The project will include in vitro and in vivo work with a focus on the function of the kidney, where particular interest is devoted to the underlying molecular mechanisms behind the development of inflammatory kidney diseases.

The candidate will be employed at the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology in Professor Jenny Nyström's research group. The group has great expertise in physiology of the kidney in health and disease, and several of the group members run independent projects in the field. The research group collaborates with several world-leading international experts in the field at universities, clinics and researchers in the life science industry. The current project has a clear translational focus, and the candidate will have access to the environments and methodologies offered by the partners.

Subject area

Medical science: Kidney physiology and pathology

Subject area description

Today, up to 10% of the population suffers from some type of kidney failure. Despite this, specific treatments for kidney disease are almost completely lacking. The project aims to further characterize the function of the kidney and the underlying molecular mechanisms to enable new treatment principles for chronic kidney disease.

Job assignments

The applicant will use a broad repertoire of cell and molecular biology techniques as well as in vivo experiments to validate in silico-discovered signaling pathways with relevance to disease onset and progression. The applicant will also analyze and compile the results of the research as well as write manuscripts and research fund applications.


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 position, the applicant should hold a PhD in a relevant subject area.


The applicant must have a PhD and is expected to have a high-quality scientific productivity with publications as first author in internationally known journals. It is advantageous to have a background in the field of physiology or renal medicine. Experience with in vivo studies is an advantage.

The applicant is expected to plan, carry out and analyze experiments independently and to actively contribute scientifically to the group by writing manuscripts and applying for research funding. The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.


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/Head of Institute Jenny Nyström, phone: +46 31 786 33 93, e-mail:

Manager in charge is Senior Lecturer/Head of Department Lars-Gunnar Pettersson, phone: +46 31 786 35 07, 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: 2023-12-15


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