Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Genomics and Liquid Biopsies
University of Gothenburg Institute of Biomedicine

Postdoctoral fellow in Cancer Genomics and Liquid Biopsies

Ref PAR 2021/1714


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 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.

These open postdoc positions (one or two) are contained within Associate Professor Anders Ståhlberg’s research group at Sahlgrenska Center Research for Cancer. The candidate/s will work at the Sahlgrenska Center for Cancer Research, a center within the University of Gothenburg in close association with Sahlgrenska University Hospital. The center is part of a strategic research effort within the Sahlgrenska Academy focused on cancer research and consists of a mixture of basic and clinical research projects with translational ambitions. Additional information about the research group:

Subject area

Cancer Genomics and Liquid Biopsies

Subject area description

Our long-term goal is to develop new interventions for patients suffering from sarcomas and to personalize the treatment of each patient using liquid biopsy analysis. This project aims to identify novel drug targets for sarcomas using cellular and molecular approaches as well as to develop and use next generation cancer diagnostics by analyzing biomarkers in different body fluids, especially blood. The project focuses on sarcomas, including pediatric sarcomas. Our work is in close collaboration with other partners within academy, health care and industry. 

Job assignments

Within this project you will plan, design and perform research activities with the aims to identify novel drug targets in sarcomas and to develop and use biomarker profiling in blood samples for next generation cancer diagnostics. You will be working with cellular techniques, 3D-approaches and clinical samples as well as molecular methods to analyze proteins, RNA and DNA. Development of methods and handling experimental data are essential parts within the project. The work will focus on sarcoma, but the approaches are generic and can be applied to most tumor entities. The work also include project management, supervision, communicate research data in oral presentations as well as in written reports. Interactions with other academic and industrial collaborators are also part of the job assignments.


An achieved doctoral degree is compulsory for a position as postdoctor 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 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.

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


We are looking for an ambitious and service oriented team player with great interpersonal and organizational skills. Suitable background is a PhD exam related to molecular biology and/or tumor biology. Experience in cellular and molecular methods, such as cellular techniques, protein analysis, qPCR and sequencing (NGS), is considered a merit. Ability to work under pressure and in a team, organizational skills and good knowledge in English, both in speech and writing, is essential. Hence, we are looking for an enthusiastic person, who will lead and develop innovative projects within a research team. A candidate should have a strong desire to help other researchers and students in their work, but also the motivation to work independently. 

Area of PhD, experience and research merits within a for the project relevant subject area. Excellent ability to cooperate. Emphasis will be set on personal qualities.

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


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

For further information:

Please contact Anders Ståhlberg, Associate Professor, +46 31 7866735,


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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 application should contain:

- A cover letter giving a brief description of previous research experience, and a motivation to why you are applying

- A CV including a list of publications

- Proof of completed PhD

- Contact details of two references

Closing date: 2022-01-31

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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