Associate Researcher

Göteborg University
June 25, 2024
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The University of Gothenburg tackles society's challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract researchers and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Institute of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, conducts translational research on metabolism, obesity and cardiovascular disease, with the aim to improve health and medical care in our society. The overall objective is to create an excellent translational research environment of very high international standard.

The intestines contain the body's largest populations of both bacteria and immune cells. The interplay between gut bacteria and mucosal immune cells could therefore be very important for the development of inflammation, influencing the risk of diseases within and beyond the intestinal tract. A protective mucus layer separates bacteria and immune cells in the large intestine, preventing inflammation. However, mucus is also a source of nutrition to certain bacteria. Preliminary, experimental studies have shown that low fiber intake can lead to increased bacterial degradation of intestinal mucus. Here, we want to investigate how fiber intake affects the gut microbiota, mucus barrier function, and intestinal and extraintestinal symptoms. A long-term goal of the research is to devise strategies to prevent gastrointestinal and cardiometabolic diseases through specific dietary advice and tailored fiber supplements to promote a beneficial microbiome, intestinal barrier integrity and good health.

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming you to our multidisciplinary research group!


As an Associate Researcher, you will work with the preparation and analysis of samples to study the composition of the gut microbiota in different individuals, and in relation to fiber intake. You will be involved in each step of the project, from extraction of DNA for sequencing, to supervised analysis of data. Other tasks within the project may include the culture of anaerobic bacteria for experimental validation studies and the analysis of immune cell composition through immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry.



  • a master's degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or similar area
  • experience of laboratory work
  • Meritorious:

    Experience of

  • bacterial culture, especially anaerobes
  • research in the gut microbiome field
  • research on metabolism, gastrointestinal or cardiovascular diseases
  • flow cytometry
  • immunohistochemistry
  • working with animal models
  • research in an international environment with communication in English
  • Personal skills and qualities

    The successful candidate will be structured and quality-focused, but also flexible and proactive, with excellent analytical problem-solving skills. The ability to work well in a team and to communicate in English in speaking and in writing are also important requirements. We attach great importance to personal suitability for the position.


    Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 6 months Extent: 100 % Location: Institute of Medicine, Gothenburg First day of employment: As soon as possible or according to agreement

    Contact information for the post

    Karolina Sjöberg Jabbar Researcher +46(0)730–932847 [email protected]

    Malin Levin Head of Department [email protected]


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    Please include

  • Master's degree
  • CV, including two references
  • Personal letter
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    Applications must be received by: 2024-06-25

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