Postdoctor in Experimental diabetes research 16 views

We are seeking a highly motivated and talented person for investigating the combined genomic and metagenomics effects on glucose metabolism. The successful applicant will have a key role in a project that is in the front line of genomic, metagenomics and metabolic research and aims to better understand the pathophysiology of diabetes and find new therapies. The candidate will investigate how the interaction between genetic risk variants for diabetes and gut microbiota affects glucose control in individuals with pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes and MODY. The interaction between genetic risk variants for diabetes and gut microbiota has not previously been extensively studied and the project will therefore open up a new avenue of research. A particular interest is on the ADRA2A risk variant for type 2 diabetes (Rosengren et al., Science 2010).

The candidate will work closely with Anders Rosengren and Fredrik Bäckhed at the University of Gothenburg and will be part of the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine in Gothenburg.

The project has a clear focus on bioinformatics, genetic analyses and statistics. The candidate will also have extensive contact with both experimental and clinical researchers, which gives the project a truly translational profile. We have great access to clinical cohorts, including some of the largest cohorts of diabetes patients in the world.

Subject area

Experimental diabetes research

Subject area description

Experimental diabetes research with focus on the combined effect of genetic risk variants and gut microbiota on glucose metabolism. This is a previously unexplored subject that can lead to new insights on how to best prevent and treat diabetes.

Job assignments

The candidate will work with statistical genetics, metagenomic sequencing data and clinical and physiological data from our cohorts of individuals with pre-diabetes or diabetes.

The successful applicant is expected to plan and execute data analysis in an independent manner and to actively take part in manuscript writing, submission and revision.


To qualify as a postdoctoral researcher the applicant should hold a PhD in a relevant subject. Since postdoctoral constitutes a qualifying appointment for junior researchers, we aim to target those who have a doctoral degree not older than 3 years from the application deadline.


The applicant must have a PhD degree and a strong record of scientific productivity with publications as first author in internationally renowned journals.

The applicant is expected to have excellent analytical skills and broad knowledge of bioinformatics, human genetics and statistics. It is an advantage if the candidate has previous experience from research on gut microbiota and/or metabolism but it is not required.

Candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.


The employment is limited (temporary) for 24 months, full time and is placed at The Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology. Starting date; as soon as possible or as agreed.

For further information:

If you have questions regarding the position please contact Associate Senior Lecturer Anders Rosengren, e-mail: or Head of Department/Senior Lecturer Lars-Gunnar Pettersson, e-mail:


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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. 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 enclose PhD certificate with the application.

Closing date: 2019-03-18

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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