Postdoctoral fellow in Mitochondrial Biogenesis

Ref PAR 2023/1395

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 researchers and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Institute of Biomedicine is involved in both research and education. In both of these areas, we focus on fundamental knowledge of the living cell – what it consists of, how it works, how its function is directed by the genetic material, and how it interacts with various kinds of micro-organisms. Using this knowledge, we try to elucidate the causes of diseases, and find new ways to diagnose and treat them.

The Institute is composed of the following four departments:

  • The Department of Infectious Diseases
  • The Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • The Department of Laboratory Medicine

At present, the institute has about 340 employees and approximately 450 million SEK in total assets.

We are currently seeking a highly talented, innovative and results-driven researcher for a postdoctoral position in Mitochondrial Biogenesis in the Martin Ott laboratory at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Subject area 

Mitochondrial Biogenesis 

Subject area description 

We are looking for an experienced researcher with expertise in molecular biology, biochemistry, or structural biology. The aim of the project is to determine the mechanisms of mitochondrial protein synthesis and how this is modulated by the cellular state.


The research will focus on the characterization of protein synthesis employing biochemical, genetical and single particle cryo-electron microscopy. The candidate is encouraged and expected to work independently and to contribute to project planning. The candidate is also expected to contribute to the laboratory's other work, as well as to supervise students at both master's and doctoral level, if necessary. 


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.   

Assessment criteria 

We are looking for a candidate who has a particular interest in molecular biology. A suitable candidate has a doctorate in biology/chemistry or related fields (for example molecular biology, structural biology, biochemistry, or biophysics). A background in a relevant field as well as experience in cloning, cell culture (preferably in eukaryotic systems like baker´s yeast) and experience with cryo-EM is a merit. We value good communication skills and scientific integrity. The candidate needs to be careful, responsible and be able to work both independently and in groups. Good knowledge of English, both written and spoken, is necessary. We value greatly personal integrity.

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.


The employment is full time and temporary, two years with the possibility of one year's extension, with placement at the Institute of Biomedicine. First day of employment as agreed. 

Selection process 

How to apply:

Contact information 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Martin Ott, professor. Phone: +46 722 612 871, e-mail:,


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: 


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.  

The application should contain:

  • A cover letter giving a brief description of previous research experience, and a motivation to why you are applying
  • A CV including a list of publications
  • Proof of completed PhD
  • Contact details of two references

Applications must be received by: 2023-12-29.

Information for International Applicants 

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