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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 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.

Approximately 50% of the cells in the human body are of microbial origin. By combining clinical materials and gnotobiotic animal models, we have shown that the gut microbiota affects our physiology and metabolism. Our working hypothesis is that several of the microbiota's effects on our physiology are mediated via metabolites that the bacteria produce. We are now recruiting a researcher to finish a project investigating how gut bacteria affects production of serotonin and its effects on the enteric nervous system. 


Characterize different bacteria’s capacity to produce bioactive metabolites in vitro by culturing them alone or in consortia with other bacteria. Determine the amounts of produced metabolites by mass-spectrophotometry. Colonize germ-free mice with bacteria to evaluate effects on the enteric nervous system and the mouse physiology. In order to investigate signaling mechanisms genetically modified mice will be used. 


PhD in microbiota research is a requirement. Experience of bacterial culturing and using germ-free mice are strong merits. Knowledge in mass spectrometry, evaluation of the enteric nervous system’s development, and metabolic phenotyping of genetically modified mice are merits. It is essential that the applicant can interact with other researchers and clinicians within a greater team. Good knowledge in English, both spoken and written, is a requirement for the position. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability such as being able to take own initiatives and being flexible. 


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 9 months
Extent: 100 %
Location: Institute of Medicine, Gothenburg
First day of employment: As soon as possible 

Contact information for the post 

Fredrik Bäckhed

Malin Levin
Head of Department


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Please enclose PhD certificate with the application.

Applications must be received by: 2024-03-04

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

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