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Doctoral position in Medical Science
Project title: The role of pyroptosis in neonatal brain injury
The Department of Physiology is located at the Institute of Neuroscience and
Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of
Gothenburg. The Department conducts research within the area of physiology.
Several projects involve a close collaboration with the Sahlgrenska University
Hospital. We offer undergraduate courses as parts of study programs in
Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Speech and language pathology, Dental hygiene,
Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy and the bachelor program of Cognitive
Science. The research groups at the Department represent a broad range of
research areas within the field of physiology.
General information about being a doctoral student at the University of
Gothenburg can be found on the university's doctoral student pages:
https: // medarbetarportalen.gu.se/doktorand/?languageId=100001&skipSSOCheck=true
The PhD education in Medical Science comprises carrying out a scientific
project and completing at least 30 credits of courses at third-cycle level.
The doctoral student must also write a scientific compilation thesis or
monograph corresponding to at least 120 credits. For more information about
third-cycle studies at Sahlgrenska Academy, see
https: // www. gu.se/en/sahlgrenska-akademin/doctoral-studies
Project: Children born prematurely have an increased risk of infections, which
can contribute to long-term neurological complications, but the mechanisms are
unknown. The bacterium Staphylococcus epidermidis (SE) is the most common
infection in premature babies. In studies in neonatal mice, we have discovered
that SE infection reprograms the transcriptome in microglia (the brain's
immune cell) and identified the activation of pyroptosis, a recently
discovered cell death mechanism. The overall purpose of the doctoral project
is to investigate pyroptosis in the brain after nenonatal SE infection and
apply the new knowledge to investigate new brain-protective treatments. The
doctoral student will receive broad education in several research disciplines
and methods, including physiology, microbiology, neuroscience, neuropathology,
experimental animal knowledge and behavior, advanced imaging techniques, flow
cytometry and immunofluorescence. For more information see our website:
https: // www. gu.se/om-universitetet/hitta-person/carinamallard
We are looking for you who are genuinely interested in basic neuroscience. We
value accuracy, personal integrity and interest and commitment to development.
You should have a good ability to express yourself in English in both speech
and writing, as the projects are run in an international environment. You
should also be able to work both independently and in groups.
Education at third-cycle level comprises four years of full-time study, and
leads to a doctoral degree. As part of your employment as a doctoral student,
you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time
employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties
usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also
include research and administration.
Education at third-cycle level requires general eligibility and specific
eligibility as set out in the general syllabus for the subject.
The general eligibility requirements for education at third-cycle level are:
1. having completed a degree at second-cycle level, or
2. the fulfilment of course requirements totalling at least 240 credits, of
which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or
3. the acquisition of equivalent knowledge in some other way, either in
Sweden or abroad.
Specific entry requirements for this subject, according to the general
having completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired
equivalent knowledge through previous studies.
The selection of applicants who are considered to have the ability required to
benefit from the study programme and who meet the general and specific
eligibility requirements are assessed based on the following documented
qualifications: - specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related
- experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology
- scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree
project, scientific journals or the like.
Documented experience of microbiology, protein analyses and/or good knowledge
in molecular biology or biochemistry is an advantage.
Once you have been admitted for education at third-cycle level, you will be
employed as a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg. The provisions
for employment as a doctoral student can be found in ordinance SFS 1993:100.
Initial employment as a doctoral student may apply for a maximum of one year,
and may be renewed by a maximum of two years at a time. A doctoral student may
be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years, but the total
period of employment may not be longer than the equivalent of full-time
education at third-cycle level for four years.
Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology,
Department of Physiology. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.
The University applies a local agreement on salaries for doctoral students.
For more information about the project please contact the principal
Carina Mallard, Professor, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology,
Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here:
https: // www. gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande
You can apply to be admitted for education at third-cycle level via the
University of Gothenburg's recruitment portal. It is your responsibility to
ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that
the University receives it by the final application deadline.
You must include the following, in pdf format
Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry
Proof of completion of English 6 course or the acquired equivalent
knowledge through previous studies
If your degree is from a university outside of Sweden, make sure that you
attach a diploma and full transcripts that makes assessing your degree easier
If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to
provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that
can verify the degree at our request.
For information on what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English
language requirement see https: // www. universityadmissions.se/en/entry-
Applications must be received by: 2022-06-14
Information for International Applicants
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general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and
life in general for you and your family/spouse/partner please visit:
https: // www. gu.se/en/about-the-university/welcome-services
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The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal
conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.
Salaries are set individually at the University.
In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden's regulations, the
University must archive application documents for two years after the
appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they
will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will
In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment
channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors,
recruitment and staffing companies.