Associate Researcher

Reference number PAR 2022/1446

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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 and Psychiatry and Neurochemistry. The Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, invites applications for an Associate Researcher position at the Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry. 

This project will be conducted at the Department of Neurochemistry and Psychiatry which is a research-intensive workplace, including ample opportunities for interaction with other research groups within the field of psychiatry and molecular neurobiology.

We study the biology of serious mental illness, including bipolar disorder and major depression; disorders implying both individual suffering of the patient and large costs for the society. We work with and develop IPS (induced pluripotent stem) cell-based models of neural development. These cells are used for various molecular biology analyses (RNA seq etc.) with the aim of understanding pathophysiology and potential effects of treatment. Visit for more information.


The Associate Researcher will participate in and learn how to culture IPS cells and to differentiate them to neurons. The aim is that the Associate Researcher continues as PhD student after 6 months. 


Master’s degree in molecular biology, biomedicine etc. Experience of working with IPS cells is meritorious. Good documentation skills as well as proficiency in both spoken and written English are required. Ambition to pursue PhD studies. Great importance will be placed on personal suitability. 


The employment is limited (temporary) for 6 months, 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 for the post

If you have questions regarding the employment please contact PI/Docent Erik Smedler, phone: +46 702 835 159, e-mail:

Manager in charge is Professor/Head of Department Henrik Zetterberg, phone: +46 768 672 647, e-mail:

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Applications must be received by: 2022-11-16


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