Senior Lecturer in Pharmacokinetics

Reference number PAR 2024/512

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Employment is in the Unit for Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism, at the Department of Pharmacology. The department currently consists of 15 research groups, conducting research on the mechanisms of action, disposition, therapeutic use, and development of drugs, as well as teaching in these subjects at the Sahlgrenska Academy's various educational programs.

The unit for pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism is focused on research and postgraduate training, and handles teaching in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, drug discovery and development, and pharmaceutical toxicology at basic and advanced levels, especially within the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Dispenser programs. Teaching is conducted in Swedish and English.

The research at the Unit for Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism ranges from mechanistic studies of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes at the cellular and molecular level, to studies of drug disposition in the body as a basis for rational treatment of different patient populations. Special focus areas are the disposition and function of new therapeutic modalities, as well as optimization of drug treatment from a pharmacogenetic perspective using pharmacometric and systems pharmacology modelling. The unit has strong ties to pharmaceutical industry and has a central role in the national infrastructure for therapeutic oligonucleotides, OligoNova. For more information about the activities at the unit, see the department's website

Computer-based modeling of drug disposition is an important element of the unit's research, for example at the mechanistic level through molecular dynamics simulation and other computational chemistry methods, as well as systems pharmacology and pharmacometric modeling. In pharmacometrics, models are used for quantitative analysis of interactions between drug and patient - especially regarding pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and disease progression – with the aim of integrating such knowledge during drug development, to evaluate drug therapy and understand causes of variability in patient populations, or to support the design of clinical studies of drug disposition and efficacy.

Subject area 


Subject area description 

The subject pharmacokinetics refers to the study of drug disposition in the body and the connection between drug exposure and desired and unwanted effects. This includes, for example, in vitro/in vivo/clinical studies and computer-based modeling and simulation techniques to elucidate molecular and cellular mechanisms influencing drug exposure and effect, and quantitative studies of the link between exposure and effect at the individual and population level.

Advanced computational techniques have a central role in the subject area, including mechanistic analyzes through molecular simulation and computational chemistry calculations, as well as quantitative analyses of exposure and effect through systems pharmacology and pharmacometric modeling. 


The duties consist mainly of research and teaching within the research area of pharmacokinetics. The applicant is expected to establish and conduct research within the scope of the position. As natural parts of the duties, applying for external research grants and some administration within teaching and research are included. Assignments within the department, the institute and the faculty may be part of the employment.

Duties also include teaching and examination at first, second and third cycle levels, supervision and examination of degree projects, as well as course development, course management and course responsibility within the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Dispenser programs where the applicant’s professional experience will be applicable in relevant teaching situations.

If the applicant does not have Swedish as their mother tongue, they will be given the opportunity and expected to learn Swedish during a 3-year period from the date of employment. 


Eligibility for employment as a teacher is specified in the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg. 

Doctoral degree in pharmacokinetics or other subject that the employer deems equivalent for the position and demonstrated teaching skills. Ability to teach in English is a requirement. As teaching at the Institute also takes place in Swedish, the ability to teach in Swedish is expected to be acquired no later than 3 years after the start of employment.

Assessment criteria 

The assessment criteria for employment as a teacher is specified in the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg. 

Primarily scientific and secondarily pedagogical skills. Administrative skills and ability to cooperate will also be taken into account in the appointment process.

In the assessment of scientific skills, the ability to obtain research funding and to independently formulate, run and publish research projects in pharmacokinetics or related fields are particularly meritorious. The scientific skill must be proven by scientific publications, research reports, conference contributions and the like, compilation of received research funds, as well as by supervision at postgraduate level.

When assessing pedagogical skills, experience in teaching in pharmacokinetics, preferably in pharmaceutical education programs is particularly meritorious.

Master’s degree in Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences, or practical experience in drug development and research in pharmacokinetics or related areas, are particularly meritorious since the teaching at the unit is primarily conducted within the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Dispenser programs and is oriented towards drug development.


Permanent employment, full-time 100 %. The position is located at The Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology. First day of employment as agreed.

Selection process 

  • Competence review of the applicant's documents after the closing date.
  • Applicants' documents are sent to extemal experts for assessment.
  • The recruitment will be dealt with in The Academic Appointrnents Board of Sahlgrenska Academy.
  • The Academic Appointments Board proposes candidates.
  • The recruitment is handled to the Head of the Institute for a decision.
  • Information regarding the University’s decision on the appointment is posted on the University’s noticeboard.
  • Employment contracts are drawn up.

Contact information 

Professor Pär Matsson, tfn 031-786 49 32,
Department manager Michael Winder, tfn 031-786 34 77,


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In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. Applications must follow the layout of the recommendations for the Sahlgrenska Academy for applications for teaching positions.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Please note in particular that the following documents must accompany the application:

  • Doctoral degree (in Swedish or English)
  • A maximum of 10 selected scientific publications that the applicant want to refer to (in full text)
  • Other certificates /proof /rating proving applicant's qualifications

Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be sent in three copies to:

University of Gothenburg
The Sahlgrenska Academy
Box 400
405 30 Göteborg

The reference number of the application, PAR 2024/512, should be clearly stated when mailing complementary documents.

Applications must be received by: August 19, 2024  

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of any announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

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