PhD Scholarship Position in Medical Science Translational Metabolism Research

University of Gothenburg, Sweden is inviting applicants to apply for a PhD position in medical sciences. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 4 years. Applications are invited up to October 31, 2018.

Our primary research focus at Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine is on metabolism, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. We support and promote research and teaching in translational medicine to improve health and to benefit society.

The principal investigators research group is situated at the Sahlgrenska Wallenberg Laboratory for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research ( This platform was initiated in 1987 as a translational research center within the Department of Medicine at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. In addition, the research group is a part of the Wallenberg Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine (WCMTM), which is part of a national effort to strengthen life science in Sweden (

General information about third-cycle studies: The PhD education in Medical Science corresponds to studies of 240 credits in total. The studies are equivalent to four year full-time and lead to a Degree of Doctor. The studies comprisecarrying out a scientific project and completing at least 30 credits of courses at third-cycle level. The doctoral student must also write a scientific compilation thesis or monograph corresponding to at least 120 credits.

Project: 'Obesity poses one of the most serious public health challenges', according to WHO. Indeed, obesity related co-morbidities substantially increase mortality. However, 30% of obese subjects are 'metabolically healthy obese', i.e. lacking metabolic disorders (diabetes, dyslipidemia and hypertension). Identification of the mechanisms that promote the metabolically healthy phenotype will be crucial to counter the public health burden of obesity, and forms the scientific question of the scientific research project.

The long-term goal of the project is to identify key determinants that promote metabolic health. The aim will be pursued using interdisciplinary and translational research. The project combines pre-clinical with clinical research. Key methods that will be used in combination with cell culture include flow cytometry, in vivo injections, microsurgery in mice, as well as explant cultures of human biopsies.

To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements.

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studiesif he or she:

1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification 2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or 3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad A person meets thespecific entry requirements for third-cycle studiesif he or she: has successfully completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies.

In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented qualifications for:

– specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related research fields – experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology – scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like. Time limited employment (temporary),4 years.Extent:100%. Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine. First day of employment: as agreed.

Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1998:80.Only those who are admitted to third-cycle studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. They may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration according to the regulations.

The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. The total employment period may not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle studies for four years.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

For more information about the project please contact the project supervisor Emma Brgeson,

phone +46 31342 3833, Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. Attach verified copies of your education and English proficiency proving your eligibility. 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.

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

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

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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