Postdoctor in Molecular brain imaging/Medical image

Updated: 24 days ago
Deadline: 15 Nov 2021

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

The Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry provides world leading translational research spanning cell and animal models to clinical studies and extensive epidemiological studies. Here, ground-breaking research in areas such as bipolar disorder, addiction medicine, aging, neurochemistry and psychiatry are conducted. The Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine is a newly established research centre at the University of Gothenburg supporting molecular and translational medicine and is an effort to strengthen the life sciences in Western Sweden. In combination with the newly opened Imaging and Intervention Centre at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, there will be excellent resources for advanced research projects in medical imaging. 

Subject area

Molecular brain imaging / Medical image analysis.

Subject area description

The main focus for this position will be clinical research studies employing new and established positron emission tomography (PET) ligands in the study of brain aging, Alzheimer's disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders. All projects are part of local, national and international collaborations involving a highly interdisciplinary team of world-leading researchers. The work environment further features state-of the-art PET/MRI imaging facilities as well as access to preclinical facilities. 

Job assignments

The postdoctoral researcher will work on projects focused on methodology for ligand-specific PET and MRI data processing, extraction and quantification of pathologic information from the imaging data, and studying this information in relation to clinical outcomes, genetics, and other imaging and fluid-based biomarkers. The post holder will have ample opportunities to work with existing PET and other phenotyping data from large-scale observational cohort studies of aging and neurodegenerative disease, as well as from ongoing dedicated studies in the lab that employ novel PET techniques in select patient populations.

The candidate is expected to develop his/her own research projects and to actively engage in writing and publishing scientific articles, present the research at international conferences, and apply for extramural research grants. The post holder will be provided funds to attend scientific meetings and to spend parts of the postdoctoral period at collaborating laboratories.


To qualify as a postdoctoral researcher the applicant should hold a PhD in a relevant subject related to the project such as e.g., neuroscience, biology, physics, biomedical technology. Since postdoctoral researcher constitutes a qualifying appointment for junior researchers, we aim to target those who have a doctoral degree not older than 3 years from the application deadline.


It is a requirement that the applicant has a thorough understanding of neuroimaging, and especially PET data analysis, including modelling of ligand kinetics, a strong background in statistics and experience with clinical research studies combining multimodal imaging, fluid biomarker, clinical, and/or genetic assessments. Further requirements are proficiency in English at a scientific level, and a demonstrated record of strong scientific writing and presentation skills. Familiarity with coding/computing environments such as MATLAB, R, and Python is a plus. Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and suitability.


The employment is limited (temporary) for 24 months, 100% of full-time, and is placed at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology. Starting date; as soon as possible or as agreed.

Appointment procedure

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system.

For further information

If you have questions regarding the employment please contact Associate Professor Michael Schöll, phone; +46 705 727 471, e-mail;

Manager in charge is Professor/Head of Department Henrik Zetterberg, phone; +46 768 672 647, e-mail;

Application documents are not to be submitted through the contact persons.


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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. 

Please enclose PhD certificate with the application.

Closing date: 2021-11-15 

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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