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This web page gathers relevant information, resources and links for international researchers/postdocs, teachers and PhD students looking for career development through an international experience at the Institute of Medicine.

Quick facts about us

Register your interest to start your career with us!

Are you a young researcher who completed your postdoc? Is your dream to set up your own research group? The Institute of Medicine is always looking for new talents! Register your interest by filling out the form here.

Why move to Gothenburg?

What are the benefits of moving to Gothenburg for work? Here's why.

What we offer - your benefits

There are many benefits being employed by the Institute of Medicine and the University of Gothenburg - for you and your family.

  • Close research collaboration with health care providers
  • Well developed support and services for researchers
  • An international research environment and the opportunity to expand your network
  • Access to functional and advanced research infrastructure
  • Close connection between research and education

  • Good opportunities for young researchers to apply for grants and funding

  • Work-life balance with flexible working hours 
  • 28-35 days of paid holiday
  • Parental benefits/supplement
  • Keep-fit reimbursement
  • Keep-fit during the workday - 1 hour/week
  • Reimbursement for medical expenses
  • Insurances and parental leave

    More information about the the benefits and insurances at the University of Gothenburg

Build your career with us

Are you a PhD student, teacher or postdoc looking for international experience? Read more about the opportunities to build your career at the Institute of Medicine.

At the Institute of Medicine, doctoral degrees are available in subjects ranging from allergology and osteoporosis to diabetology. We have nearly 300 PhD students engaged in doctoral studies, focusing on preclinical and clinical research projects.

We offer a stimulating and internationally oriented research and study environment where you as a PhD student gets the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of a scientific field of study and of research methodology. Our post doctoral education also emphasizes the importance of improving your scientific approach, ie. your ability to critically review, present and discuss research results.

PhD Courses

We offer a wide range of faculty PhD courses as well as the opportunity to apply for PhD courses at other Swedish universities.

Find PhD courses

Grants and scholarships

For PhD students, there are many public and private foundations and donors to apply for. The Institute of Medicine also offers conference grants to promote international research collaboration and exchange of experience. Through the University of Gothenburg, you can also apply for student exchange grants, as well as travel grants.

More information about grants and scholarships

Our PhD student environment

  • The Sahlgrenska Academy PhD Coach Network - an opportunity to receive personal coaching by a certified PhD coach and support in your professional development.
  • Research and career seminars, as well as the annual PhD Day - an opportunity for you to build your network. The events are organized by the Institute's Doctoral student committee. Our PhD committee strive to unite PhD students and increased interaction and collaboration between PhD students.
  • Introduction Day for PhD students
  • A mentorship programme
  • Career and Network Development Platform - a PhD/postdoc network organized by Sahlgrenska Academy
  • English is spoken throughout the University of Gothenburg - something most of us here take for granted, but many of our international researchers appreciate!

A secure position - your rights and obligations as a PhD student

In Sweden, PhD studies are securely governed by regulations. A doctoral education here is regulated through:

Swedish Council for Higher Education

The admission process

At Sahlgrenska Academy, there are two separate admission processes for doctoral students. You can either apply for a doctoral positions with the University of Gothenburg as the employer, or you take on a doctoral position financed by your employer.

Are you a young researcher who completed your postdoc and your dream is to set up your own research group? Then you should consider the Institute of Medicine at the University of Gothenburg. The Institute is always looking for new talents!

5 reasons why you should join us

  • Translational research
  • International environment
  • Close cooperation with health care
  • Large organization - great opportunity for finding collaborations
  • Excellent research infrastructure

Sounds good? Register your interest!
Register your interest by filling out a form where you describe your education, professional background, your research, and area of interest. The most interesting profiles will be contacted by the Institute.

Register your interest here 


To enhance opportunities for career development, support for postdocs and researchers is offered in a variety of ways:

Welcome Services - offers information and assistance to all international researchers new to the University of Gothenburg, such as International Café, lectures, seminars and workshops.
Welcome Services

Grants and Innovation Office - assists reserchers at the University of Gothenburg, ie. with identifying, applying for, and coordinating external research funds. They also arrange seminars and workshops
Grants and Innovation Office (Staff Portal)

The Research Support Division at Sahlgrenska Academy - offers personal guidance for writing grant applications, grant writing courses prior to writing grant applications, feedback on applications and support in developing a strategy and long-term plan for research funding.
The Research Support Division at Sahlgrenska Academy (Staff Portal)

Future Faculty - an organization within Sahlgrenska Academy that promotes the interests of early career researchers with a PhD, such as associate professors and post-docs.
Future Faculty

Career and Network Development Platform - a Sahlgrenska Academy network for Postdocs and PhD students with the purpose of providing guidance about different career paths; both a career within academia, as well as career options outside of the university.

Professional scientific editor - as a result of our committment to providing resources to support grants and high-quality publications, the Institute of Medicine has employed a professional scientific editor.

Seminars cross the Institute - some of our departments organize seminar series for PhD-students, postdocs and researchers, actively promoting an interactive environment that enables young researchers to establish themselves as successful independent scientists.

Professor Collegium - to create a forum for discussion, dialogue and exchange of ideas, the Institute recently started a ‘professor collegium’ to enhance collegiality within the Institute.



At the Institute of Medicine, we strive for a complete academical environment where education is connected to research - and vice versa. The interplay between education and research is important in order to develop a dynamic academic environment.

Support for the development of our teachers is offered in a variety of ways, both through the Institute, Sahlgrenska Academy and the University of Gothenburg.

Support and resources for teachers

The university unit for Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning (PIL) coordinates and conducts teacher training of academic staff. The unit also provides information on the use of digital resources in Higher Education and offers an arena for collaboration between the faculties. The unit also offers courses for pedagogical development in teaching and learning in Higher Education - both in Swedish and English.
Courses in English for Pedagogical Development

Pedagogical seminars at the Institute

The Education Committe at the Institute of Medicine regularly arranges pedagogical seminars for teaches, providing a forum for dialogue and exchange of experiences.
Find pedagogical seminars in our calendar

Excellent Teacher

The University of Gothenburg has established the title "Excellent Teacher" as a way to highlight teachers with excellent pedagogical proficiency.
Excellent Teacher

Pedagogical Prize

Every year, the University of Gothenburg awards a "Pedagogical Prize" to acknowledge and reward teachers who have developed and implemented a course or a programme in an exemplary way. By paying attention to and thereby stimulating such efforts, teachers  are recognized for their pedagogical achievements.
Pedagogical Price (Staff Portal)

What is it like to work here?

A healthy work-life balance, better opportunities for research funding and access to career support. These are some of the things our international researchers appreciate about working here.

I love it here, it’s a great place for both living and working! There are good services for researchers to help you with your applications and funding.

– Bright Nwaru, Senior Lecturer at Krefting Research Centre for allergy and respiratory research.
Read the interview here.

There are good benefits for families, such as paternity or maternity leave. Even outside work, all Swedish people speak English so you can communicate easily.

– Angela Molinaro, Postdoc who did her PhD studies at Wallenberg Laboratory.
Read the interview here.

We help you get settled

Welcome Services at the University of Gothenburg offers information and assistance for international researchers, faculty, staff, and students in matters concerning the arrival to and the stay at the University of Gothenburg.

  • Pre-arrival information
  • Assistance with housing
  • Pick-up service 
  • Welcome programme
  • Language café
  • Social events

Visions and goals - what we strive for

At the Institute of Medicine, we strive for research and teaching excellence in medicine and public health sciences - always in close cooperation with health care. As part of the University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska Academy, we have a strong global commitment, promoting equal opportunities and sustainable development.




Contact us

Do you have questions or would like more information? Get in touch with our Heads of Department or principal investigators.

About the Department
The Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, at the Institute of Medicine, conducts research in several different areas, such as endocrinology, osteoporosis, hematology, gastroenterology, hypertension, respiratory medicine and allergology, and clinical nutrition focusing on body composition and energy metabolism. The research is conducted in close collaboration with health care at both the Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Mölndal Hospital.

Contact management

Contact principal investigators

More information
To Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition webpage

About the Department
The Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, at the Institute of Medicine, conducts translational research primarily on metabolism, diabetes, intestinal bacteria, obesity, and cardiovascular disease in order to improve health and healthcare in the community. The overall goal is to create an excellent translational research environment of a very high international standard.

Contact management

Contact principal investigators

More information
To Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine webpage

About the Department
At the Department of Rheumatology and Inflammation Research, at the Institute of Medicine, the main research areas are inflammation and inflammatory diseases irrespective of whether they are caused by allergies, infections or are autoimmune diseases. The aim is to investigate the underpinning mechanisms behind the inflammation. Several of our researchers also work as senior consultants at the clinics at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, which is a great advantage especially for our translational research.

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Contact principal investigators

More information
To Department of Rheumatology and Inflammation webpage

About the Department
The School of Public Health and Community Medicine, at the Institute of Medicine, conducts extensive education and research in global public health, general medicine, occupational medicine, environmental medicine, social medicine, medicine use and pharmaceutical policy. We also conduct education and research within nutritional epidemiology, insurance medicine, health economics, biostatistics, and register epidemiology.

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Contact principal investigators

More information
To School of Public Health and Community Medicine webpage