Msca-Doctoral Student In Medical Science - Fluid Immuno-Diagnostics For Tauopathies

Göteborg University
April 16, 2024
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Doctoral position in Medical Science

Project title: Development of fluid immuno-diagnostics for tauopathies using nanobodies

The Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry is located at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. At the Department research is conducted on human behaviour, neuropsychiatric processes as well as psychiatric treatment and diagnosis in close collaboration with Västra Götaland region and a number of international partners. We participate in the undergraduate programmes in Medicine and within The National Research School in Psychiatry/Southwest Sweden. At the Department there are some 15 research groups and four research centers.

General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university's doctoral student pages https: //


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.

Project: Dementia, particularly Alzheimer's disease (AD), is a pressing global health concern, necessitating enhanced diagnostics and treatments. Tauopathies, characterized by aberrant tau protein aggregation in neurons, exacerbate cognitive decline leading to dementia. Developing precise tau immuno-assays for diagnostics and treatment monitoring presents significant scientific and technological challenges. The intricate nature of tau pathology, compounded by diverse post-translational modifications, underscores the need for innovative approaches to personalized diagnosis and treatment. To address these challenges, the TAME (TAuimMunE) consortium, comprising 9 beneficiaries across 7 European countries, is undertaking pioneering research on tau-related diseases under the Horizon Europe program (https: // tame- The Neurochemistry lab at University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy, contributes expertise to this multidisciplinary effort. TAME proposes a multidisciplinary approach leveraging nanobodies (Nbs) – small, single-chain antibody fragments derived from camelid heavy-chain antibodies. Nbs offer advantages in targeting the central nervous system (CNS) over conventional antibodies, demonstrating efficacy in tau research, including inhibiting tau aggregation and CNS targeting.

The PhD candidate will focus on developing Nb-based immunoassays for tau detection in body fluids and brain tissue. Analytical and clinical validation in patients with tauopathies, such as AD and FTD, will ensure diagnostic robustness. This PhD position will be based at University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy, in the laboratory of Kaj Blennow and Henrik Zetterberg. The PhD candidate will receive state-of-the-art training encompassing advanced research methodologies, transferable skills, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Through partnerships with industrial and non-profit entities, the candidate will gain exposure to real-world applications, enhancing their career prospects and contributing to European innovation and competitiveness.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, committed and ambitious candidate with a background in biochemistry and preferably previous experience in immunoassays and high resolution LC-MS/MS mass spectrometric techniques. Proficiency in data analysis and advanced statistical abilities would be beneficial. The candidate should have a genuine interest in Alzheimer's disease research, good communication skills and the capability to work both independently and collaboratively. We value traits such as creativity, collaboration, initiative, and the ability to function effectively within a team setting. Personal suitability is of great importance.

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 syllabus, are: having completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies.

Assessment criteria

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 research fields - experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology - scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like.


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.

The employment is an MSCA doctoral student employment within a Marie Skłodowska Curie Program with MSCA-financing. In order to be approved for MSCA financing the applicant, at the time for the application, should not have resided in Sweden more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Moreover, the applicant must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.

The University applies a local agreement on salaries for doctoral students.

Contact information

For more information about the project please contact Principal supervisor, Laia Montoliu-Gaya, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, e-mail: [email protected]


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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

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
  • 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. requirements/english-language-requirements/

    Applications must be received by: 2024-04-16

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