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The Institute of Biomedicine is involved in both research and education. In both of these areas, we focus on fundamental knowledge of the living cell – what it consists of, how it works, how its function is directed by the genetic material, and how it interacts with various kinds of micro-organisms. Using this knowledge, we try to elucidate the causes of diseases, and find new ways to diagnose and treat them.

The Institute is composed of the following five departments:

  • The Department of Infectious Diseases

  • The Department of Microbiology and Immunology

  • The Department of Pathology and Genetics

  • The Department of Clinical Chemistry and Transfusion Medicine

  • The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Cell Biology

At present, the institute has about 350 employees and approximately 290 million SEK in total assets.

Job assignment

Background: Eosinophilic granulocytes are innate immune cells involved in the defense against parasites and in various allergic and inflammatory disorders. Eosinophils are also prominent in the esophagus of patients afflicted by eosinophilic esophagitis, a new allergic disease. Eosinophilia may be a positive prognostic factor in graft-versus-host disease following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Both eosinophilic esophagitis and graft-versus-host disease are T cell-driven inflammatory conditions. Lately, eosinophils have been shown to be able to regulate T cell responses.

Current project: To investigate the capacity of human eosinophils to regulate T cell responses. Eosinophils derived from healthy persons, patients with eosinophilic esophagitis as well as from allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients are studied. We wish to establish if there are subpopulations of eosinophils with regulatory function, identify immune regulatory mechanisms, and relate the presence or absence of such regulatory eosinophils in the blood and tissues of patients with disease outcomes.


A PhD in biomedicine/life sciences is an absolute requirement. Experimental experience of leukocyte biology including cell isolation and co-culture methods, flow cytometry, ELISA, imaging techniques such as confocal microscopy and PCR is looked-for. Experience of working with granulocytes is an advantage. Knowledge of basic immunology including human immunology is desirable. Good interpersonal skills, including ability to interact with hospital personnel is necessary. Fluency in English and Swedish is advantageous.


A one year position, full time in Christine Wennerås’ research group at the Department of Infectious Diseases is open, starting February 1, 2018 or as soon as convenient.

For further information regarding the position

Please contact: Professor Christine Wennerås Christine.wenneras@microbio.gu.se.


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 The application should contain 1) Personal letter, 2) CV including publication list, and 3) Two personal references with contact details, 4) Proof of completed PhD

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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