Postdoctor In Radiation Biology

Göteborg University


October 28, 2021


The University of Gothenburg tackles society's challenges with diverse knowledge. 53 500 students and 6 500 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Institute of Clinical Sciences is one of six Institutes within Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg. We conduct research and education that puts people's health and quality of life in focus. We represent 16 different research areas and are divided into four sections. Through a fruitful collaboration with the healthcare and Sahlgrenska University Hospital, we have developed joint projects and meeting places that benefits both health care and research.

At the Institute of Clinical Sciences, Medical Radiation Science, research on various aspects and uses of radiation are performed. Ionizing radiation is a part of radiation therapy and diagnosis with x-rays and radioactive substances. Non-ionizing radiation is utilized in diagnosis with ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. In environmental radiology radiation sources in our environment and transport of radioactive materials in biological systems are studied. Knowledge of the impact of radiation on living cells, tissues and organisms (radiation biology) is important for better understanding of mechanisms behind radiation induced effects, and for assessing radiation risks. The current research group conducts studies in radiation biology with modern genetic and molecular methods.

Subject area

Radiation biology

Subject area description

The current research in radiobiology in the research group is focused on better understanding of biological mechanisms in vivo after exposure to radionuclides or ionizing radiation externally. The applications studied are low-dose and dose rate exposure on normal tissues and high dose exposure for radionuclide therapy or external radiotherapy of cancer diseases. The work includes optimization of radiotherapy (high effects on tumour and low effects on normal tissues. Biomarkers are suggested and validated.

Job assignments

The aim of the study will be to examine primarily epigenetic effects of exposure of radioiodine (I-131) on thyroid and other tissues of importance in an in vivo model. We have previously studied effects on gene and protein expression in similar models. I-131 is commonly used in clinical routine methods for diagnosis and therapy of e.g. thyroid diseases. I-131 is also released at various nuclear accidents and then expose many humans. The results of this project will contribute to fill the knowledge gap related to mechanisms of radiation on organisms.

The work tasks include all parts of research, such as research planning, experimental performance, data analysis, manuscript writing, etc. The work will be performed together with researchers and PhD students in a multidisciplinary research group and network consisting of physicists, geneticists, biologists, pathologists and surgeons.


An achieved doctoral degree is compulsory for a position as postdoctor at Göteborg University. The doctoral thesis shall be in a relevant area according to the specific position stated here, preferably within radiation biology, but otherwise related to biology, genetics, biotechnology or radiation sciences.

Since a position as postdoctor aims to give new holders of the doctorate the opportunity mainly to strengthen and develop their scholarly proficiency, we aim for those who have a doctoral degree not older than 3 years counting from last date of application.


Documented research experience of radiobiological studies will be meritorious. Experience in research related to ionizing radiation, molecular biology/genetics or biotechnology will be meritorious.

Other important qualities include strong personal motivation, ability to work structured, organized and independent, curiosity, accuracy and good teamwork, and fluency in writing and speaking English. Personal appropriateness will be given importance. After the qualitative overall assessment of competence and proficiency, applicant will be selected, who is deemed to have the best conditions for implementing and developing current tasks and contributing to a positive development of the research group.


The employment is limited (temporary) for 24 months, 100 % of full-time and is placed at The Institute of Clinical Sciences, Medical Radiation Science. Starting date; As agreed

For further information:

Regarding the position please contact Professor Eva Forssell-Aronsson: phone; +46 703722626 or e-mail;


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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. The applicant is asked to provide:

1. A cover letter giving a brief description of previous research experience, and a motivation to why you are applying 2. Detailed CV 3. List of publications / manuscripts 4. Description of qualifications in relation to the advertised position 5. Proof of completed PhD exam 6. Contact details of two reference

Closing date : 2021-10-28

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.

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.

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