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Postdoctoral Fellow in Mitochondrial DNA Replication, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 2022

Sweden, University of Gothenburg

The University of Gothenburg invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow that will investigate the biochemical mechanisms of proteins involved in mitochondrial genome replication and/or transcription, at the Institute of Biomedicine, Dec 2021

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Falkenberg Lab
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Cell biology
University of Gothenburg

Medicinaregatan 9A, Göteborg, ,

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Qualification Details


An achieved doctoral degree is compulsory for a position as post doctor at the University of Gothenburg. The doctoral thesis shall be in a relevant area according to the specific position stated here. Since a position as post doctor 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.

The qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.


We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a recent PhD and experience in investigating DNA-protein interactions in vitro using purified recombinant proteins. Knowledge of mitochondrial systems and documented experience with cloning, mutagenesis, gene expression, cell culture, radiolabeled isotopes, and in vitro DNA replication and/or transcription are of merit. The work will involve collaboration both within and outside the group, and so good teamwork and communication skills are important. The candidate is expected to be enthusiastic, capable of planning and executing research independently, and to have a passion and curiosity for science. Fluent written and spoken English is required since we operate in a very international environment.

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Job assignments

With this project the candidate will investigate the biochemical mechanisms of proteins involved in mitochondrial genome replication and/or transcription. Our laboratory has developed several screening methods for new potential proteins, which will be examined both in vivo and in vitro using classic biochemistry, cell biology, and next generation sequencing techniques. The project mainly involves work with gel-based molecular techniques involving radioisotopes.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: PAR 2021/1297
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

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 application should contain:

  • A cover letter giving a brief description of previous research experience, and a motivation to why you are applying
  • A detailed CV including a list of publications
  • Proof of completed PhD
  • Contact details of two references.

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.

About the Institute

The Institute of Biomedicine is involved in both research and education. In both of these areas, we focus on fundamental knowledge of the living cell – what it consists of, how it works, how its function is directed by the genetic material, and how it interacts with various kinds of micro-organisms. Using this knowledge, we try to elucidate the causes of diseases, and find new ways to diagnose and treat them.

The Institute is composed of the following four departments:

  • The Department of Infectious Diseases
  • The Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • The Department of Laboratory Medicine

At present, the institute has about 360 employees and approximately 450 million SEK in total assets

About the Subject

Subject area

Mitochondrial DNA replication

Subject area description

Mitochondria contain their own genome that codes for several subunits of the respiratory chain. We have developed in vivo and in vitro techniques to study the basic mechanisms of human mitochondrial DNA replication and transcription, and how these processes are regulated.

About the Employer:


The employment is full time and temporary, two years, with placement at the Institute of Biomedicine. First day of employment as agreed.

Information for International Applicants

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Contact details

For further information:

Please contact: Maria Falkenberg, Professor, +46 (0)317863444,


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