Postdoctor in infection immunology

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At the Department of Rheumatology and Inflammation Research, at the Institute of Medicine, the main research areas are inflammation and inflammatory diseases irrespective of whether they are caused by allergies, infections or are autoimmune diseases. The aim is to investigate the underpinning mechanisms behind the inflammation. Several of our researchers also work as senior consultants at the clinics at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, which is a great advantage especially for translational research. We offer a dynamic, ambitious, and productive environment for a young scientist, and a good platform for a future career in frontline research.

Professor Sören Paludan´s research is focused on understanding how the immune system detects viral infections, and how this leads to protective and pathological immune responses. His work aims to provide new basic knowledge on how the immune system works and interacts with viruses, and how this impacts the pathogenesis of viral infections. The research may lead to better understanding of viral diseases and could have implications for future development of vaccines, antiviral therapeutics, and diagnostic tools.

Subject area 

Infection immunology and pathogenesis of viral CNS infections

Subject area description 

Some viruses can infect the central nervous system and cause disease. This includes herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), which in rare cases can cause meningitis. However, the mechanisms underlying susceptibility to HSV-2 meningitis are not well understood. Likewise, the mechanisms driving disease in the CNS are also poorly understood. We have recently identified a novel genetic defect that predisposes to HSV-2 meningitis, and in the present project, we will take advantage of this information to explore the underlying mechanism.


As Postdoc in infection immunology your position is primarily research-based but may also involve teaching assignments and supervision. You will be working with mouse models for virus infections and stem cell-based cell culture models of human brain cells. The techniques to be used in the project include (but is not limited to) virus quantification methods, PCR, immunohistochemistry, RNA sequencing, and single cell and spatial omics technologies. The project also includes data analysis, and presentation of research results in the form of oral/poster presentations and articles.


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 qualify as a postdoctoral researcher the applicant should hold a PhD in a relevant subject. Since postdoctoral constitutes a qualifying appointment for junior researchers, we aim to target those who have a doctoral degree not older than 3 years.

Assessment criteria 

You have academic qualifications preferably within one or more of the following areas immunology, virology, or neuroscience. Previous documented experience with animal models or advanced human cell culture model systems is an advantage. Experience with single cell RNA sequencing, bioinformatics, immunohistochemistry, or other methods relevant for infection immunology research is also seen as an advantage. You shall have solid analytical thinking, creativity, and a visible publication record. Proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability and personal characteristics including cooperation and initiative, accuracy and flexibility.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 24 months Extent: 100 % Location: Institute of Medicine, Gothenburg First day of employment: According to agreement.

Contact information 

Sören Riis Paludan, Professor,+4528992066,,

Kristina Eriksson, Professor, deputy Head-of-Department, +46-763-111-494,


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Please attach PhD certificate with the application, if the PhD certificate has not yet been issued, it needs to be attached latest at the time when the employment decision is to be made.

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Applications must be received by: 2023-06-27.


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