Postdoctoral fellow in molecular medicine

Reference number PAR 2024/152

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 Chemistry and Molecular Biology conducts high-quality research and education in chemical sciences and molecular life sciences. Our research and education focuses on a deep understanding of chemical and biological processes in cells and in the environment.

We address important societal issues such as antibiotic resistance, cancer, brain diseases, environmental problems and climate change. In this way, we contribute to achieving the UN's global goals for sustainable development in the areas of good health and well-being, sustainable energy for all, sustainable cities and communities, and combating climate change.

The department is an international environment with interdisciplinary collaborations in both research and education, and contributes strongly to the University of Gothenburg's top ranking in life science. 

The department is responsible for postgraduate education in the subject area Natural Sciences with a focus on chemistry, biophysics, biology and educational science. In addition, the department hosts educational programs in molecular biology, genomics and systems biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry, as well as prescription education. The department collaborates with various societal actors such as schools, business and authorities. The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology has around 200 employees. We are located in central premises on Campus Medicinareberget in Gothenburg. 

Prof Margit Mahlapuu’s research group is focusing on studying the molecular mechanisms and new treatment strategies of type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and related complex metabolic diseases with high unmet medical need.


The work description includes experimental work within metabolic disease area combining translational studies with experiments in cell culture, human tissue samples, as well as genetically modified animal models combining the molecular biology tools with physiological assessments. 


The successful applicant has educational background (PhD level) within molecular biology or related, with knowledge of techniques and methods which are used within molecular biology research. Previous experience with cultured mammalian cells and experimental animals is a requirement as well as excellence in techniques such as qRT PCR, Western blot, and ELISA. 

Previous knowledge in relation to sectioning, staining, and histomorphological analysis of tissue samples is an advantage.


Fixed term during two years full time (100%) at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology. 

Contact information for the post 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Margit Mahlapuu, e-mail: 


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The application must include:

  • Application Letter
  • Curriculum vitae including List of Publications if applicable
  • List of References

Applications must be received by: 2024-03-13


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