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OPEN POSITIONS Postdoctoral fellow in mitochondrial gene expression

Duration of employment:  2 years. Extent 100%

First day of employment: As agreed 

The Institute of Biomedicine, University of Gothenburg, houses a number of strong research groups that investigate different aspects of mitochondrial biology and the role of mitochondria in human disease. To this dynamic research environment we now recruit a new member. 

Subject area

Mitochondrial gene expression.

Subject area description

Mitochondria contain their own genome that codes for several subunits of the respiratory chain. The expression of this genome is carefully regulated and mutation that disturb the function of this system can lead to a number human diseases. We, in our lab, study mitochondrial DNA gene expression and how mutations affecting the transcription machinery cause disease. 

Job assignments

With this project the candidate will study how the mitochondrial genome is expressed in human cells. The project mainly involves work with purified proteins and in vitro experiments, but the group also uses cell biology techniques.


An achieved doctoral degree is compulsory for a position as postdoctor at Göteborg University. The doctoral thesis shall be in a relevant area according to the specific position stated here. Since a position as postdoctor aims to give new holders of the doctorate the opportunity mainly to strengthen and develop their scholarly proficiency, we aim for those who have a doctoral degree not older than 3 years counting from last date of application.

The qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.


The ideal candidate will have experience in biochemistry and in vitro analyses of protein function. Moreover, experience in cloning, mutagenesis, protein expression and purification, mammalian cell culture, imaging techniques, handling radiolabeled isotopes, in vitro transcription and knowledge of mitochondrial systems are of merit. The work involves collaboration within and outside the group, therefore good teamwork skills are important. The project requires an enthusiastic and creative person with a passion and curiosity for science. Good knowledge in English language is required as the lab hosts a very international environment.Good subject knowledge in a relevant discipline is of merit.

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

For further information:

Regarding the position please contact Claes Gustafsson, professor, +46 31 786 3826, claes.gustafsson@medkem.gu.se.


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

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. 

The application should contain:

- A cover letter giving a brief description of previous research experience, and a motivation to why you are applying

- A CV including a list of publications

- Proof of completed PhD

- Contact details of two references

Closing date: 2017-10-20


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.


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 38 000 students and 6 000 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

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