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University of Gothenburg

Scholarship in molecular biology

The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Gothenburg is looking for a researcher interested in molecular metabolism.


The candidate will study the molecular mechanisms controlling lipid partitioning and insulin sensitivity in peripheral tissues prone to diabetic damage, with the focus on new critical mediators belonging to STE20 kinase family. The candidate will perform in vitro studies using cultured cells and expression analysis in human and mouse tissue samples.

Background: Dr. Mahlapuu’s research group is studying the molecular pathogenesis underlying type 2 diabetes and metabolic liver disease (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)) with the long-term goal of finding new treatment strategies, with the focus on kinases belonging to STE20 familty. The project is translational including studies in human cell lines, models in mice, and well-characterized patient cohorts. The research group of Dr. Margit Mahlapuu is part of a large network of diabetes researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and has excellent experimental infrastructure and extensive international collaborations.

Learning outcome: The studies develop the competence of the scholarship holder in terms of complex and integrated molecular mechanisms regulating whole-body insulin and glucose homeostasis and lipid metabolism. Importantly, the studies enable to applicant to learn new state-of-the-art methods of molecular biology.

Dnr /Reference

GU 2021/501

Scholarship period

The scholarship covers a period of 1.5 months.

Preliminary start date: 2021-03-10

Supervisor/contact person

Margit Mahlapuu,, +46 (0)70 631 01 09


  • The applicant must not have been employed at University of Gothenburg in the past two years.
  • Please specify experiences, knowledge or interests necessary for taking part in this project. Remember that a scholarship is not an employment and the qualifications necessary might differ from what you could ask for from an employee.


Written application, including reference number, is to be sent via e-mail to the supervisor and must include the following:

  • CV
  • Personal letter stating the reasons why the study suits the applicant (maximum one page)
  • References (2)

Application deadline: 2021-03-09

Information regarding scholarships

  • Scholarships do not give rise to sickness benefits, compensation from the Social Insurance Office Agency or retirement pension.
  • Scholarships are tax-exempt.
  • A scholarship holder cannot be employed after the scholarship period due to tax reasons.