Postdoctor In Epilepsy

Göteborg University
March 19, 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.

At the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, at the Sahlgrenska Academy, we conduct research and education covering a wide range of knowledge areas. The institute comprises five different departments: Clinical neuroscience, Health and rehabilitation, Pharmacology, Physiology as well as Psychiatry and neurochemistry.

The Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology invites applications for a postdoctoral position at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience.

The research group belongs to the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology and is a part of The Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine, (www., which means many excellent opportunities for career development. The research group is run by Johan Zelano and consists of PhD- students and clinical study coordinators. We do epidemiological research based on national registers. In addition, we do several clinical biobank studies. The group has multiple national and international collaborations.

Subject area


Subject area description

Epilepsy can be genetic or arise after brain insults or disease. The aim of the research is to improve health care of persons with acquired epilepsy, find biomarkers for treatment and study of epilepsy, and optimize treatment. Epilepsy is often treated with drugs, but finding the right treatment can be difficult. We use big data from national registers to study which epilepsy treatments work best based on individual characteristics like age, sex, and comorbidities. We also run clinical studies in which we search for biomarkers (blood samples, neurophysiology, or radiology) of value for identification of difficult-to-treat epilepsy or side effects.

Job assignments

We work in several projects with data from national registers and study risk factors for, prognosis in and treatment of various epilepsies. A major focus is currently pharmacoepidemiology, using drug register data to follow epilepsy treatment in different patient groups. Furthermore, we carry out biomarker studies where we collect biological material or examination results in clinical practice and try to correlate these to clinical course - for example epileptic seizures or drug side effects.

We are now looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work with our project on large data sets in which we want to build a large database for pharmacoepidemiological studies using multinational registry data, and our biomarker project in which we analyze blood samples and other examination results in relation to epilepsy. The work requires familiarity with statistical methods and programming languages ​​used to handle large data sets, for example R or Python. Within the framework of the group's research, there is an opportunity to also develop own lines of research in epilepsy. The postdoctoral fellow is also expected to contribute to the academic environment in the group and there are great opportunities to supervise doctoral students and students.


The eligibility criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg.

To be eligible for appointment as a postdoc, the applicant is required to have a doctoral degree, a doctoral degree in art or a foreign degree that is deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree. This eligibility requirement must be met before the employment decision is made.

In the first instance, those who have completed their degree no more than three years prior to the end of the application period shall be considered. Those who have completed their degree more than three years prior to the end of the application period may also be considered in the first instance if special grounds exist. Special grounds relate to leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, commissions of trust within union organisations, service within the defence services or other similar circumstances, as well as clinical service or service/assignment relevant to the subject area.

To qualify as a postdoctoral researcher for this position, the applicant should hold a PhD in statistics or computer science or the medical area like biomedicine, bioinformatics, medicine or equivalent.


Required qualifications: relevant PhD in the medical area, such as biomedicine, bioinformatics, medicine or equivalent, alternatively computer science/statistics. Good knowledge of English.

The following merits are particularly sought: Experience in handling big amounts of data. Experience in epidemiology. Knowledge of epilepsy. Experience in research based on data from national health registers. Experience in clinical research.

Great emphasis will be placed on interpersonall skills and personal suitability.


The employment is limited (temporary) for 2 years, 100% of full-time, and is placed at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology. Starting date: as soon as possible or as agreed.

Contact information

If you have questions regarding the employment please contact Professor Johan Zelano, phone: +46 31 342 90 62, e-mail: [email protected]

Manager in charge is Professor/Head of Department Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen, phone: +46 709 52 00 23, e-mail: [email protected]

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Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg's recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. 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.

Please enclose PhD certificate with the application.

Applications must be received by: 2024-03-19

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