Postdoctor in Biomarkers in Multiple sclerosis

Country: Sweden;

City: Göteborg

Vacancy added: 09.02.2019


Vacancy type: PostDoc vacancy;

Resumes due: 12.03.2019


At the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology at Sahlgrenska academy, research in large areas, from molecule to human, is conducted. The Institute has five sections; pharmacology, physiology, health and rehabilitation, clinical neuroscience and psychiatry and neurochemistry.

MS research at the Sahlgrenska academy is well established with studies in epidemiology, neurovirology, neuroimmunology and biomarkers. Several collaborative projects are established, and research for development of biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid and blood has been particularely successful with several dissertations. The biomarker projects have been done in close cooperation with the section for neurochemistry. The research group includes neurologists, immunologists, neurochemists and doctoral students.

Subject area

Biomarkers in Multiple sclerosis

Subject area description

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory and degenerative chronic disease of the central nervous system. After traumatic injury, it is the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults. In Sweden, about 20,000 people live with MS and annually there is about 1000 new cases. For over 20 years, several effective treatments with immunomodulatory or immunosuppressive effects have been developed. There is a need to improve diagnostics, prediction of course and evaluation of treatment response in MS. In cerebrospinal fluid, we have identified both inflammatory and degenerative biomarkers that are considered clinically valuable. In recent years ultra-sensitive methods have enabled measurement of blood biomarkers. Development of new biomarkers increases the ability to better describe the pathophysiology in MS and to characterize the biological effects of pharmacological intervention. The goal is to find clinically useful biomarkers for an improved MS care.

Job assignments

  • Development of analytical methods for the determination of neurodegenerative and inflammatory biomarkers.
  • Measure cerebrospinal fluid and blood biomarker concentrations using immunoassays.
  • Structure and organize biobank.


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 successful applicant should have:

  • A PhD degree in relevant subject.
  • Extensive and in scientific publications documented knowledge on biomarker research.
  • Practical experience on validation of immunochemical assays.
  • Excellent scientific communication skills in English (written and spoken).

Additionally, the successful applicant should be structured, driven and cooperative. Good inter-personal skill is an important merit. Great emphasis will be placed in 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 agreed.

For further information:

If you have questions regarding the position please contact Adjunct Professor Jan Lycke, phone; +4631-342 90 47, e-mail; or Professor Henrik Zetterberg, phone; +46 76-8672647, e-mail; or Head of Department/Professor Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen, e-mail:, phone: +4631-342 28 03.   


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How to apply

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.

Please enclose PhD certificate with the application.

Closing date: 2019-03-12.

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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