PhD student in Neurology

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 15 Dec 2023

Published: 2023-11-29

Do you want to work with Neurology, supported by competent and friendly colleagues in an international environment? Do you seek an employer who invests in a sustainable workforce and offers safe, favorable working conditions? Welcome to apply for employment as a doctoral student at Uppsala University.

The Department of Medical Sciences is a large clinical institution with more than 250 employees and over 900 additional coworkers connected via the Uppsala University Hospital. The Department of Medical Sciences has a broad research profile with strong research groups in a number of different areas for example the nervous system.

The research carried out at the department is performed in close connection with the clinical activities at the Uppsala University Hospital, which includes both basic studies on the causes of a variety of illnesses and the development and evaluation of improved diagnostics and new treatment methods. The department's researchers have extensive national and international collaborations.

More information about the Department of Medical Sciences can be found at

We are now looking for a PhD student to join a research group in the international frontline of treatment research focusing on autologous blood stem cell transplantation as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease that affects one thousand individuals in Sweden every year and is one of the most common causes leading to disability in people of working age. MS is an autoimmune disease where the immune system is attacking the brain and spinal cord. Autologous blood stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) is a potentially curative treatment for MS. The aim of this treatment is to ablate the immune system with cytotoxic agents and then build up a new and hopefully healthy immune system with the aid of hematopoietic stem cells. Our research group has been active in the field for more than 15 years and is today one of the world leaders in the field. We have close collaboration with expertise from other departments at Uppsala University, including the Department of immunology, genetics and pathology, the Department of pharmaceutical biosciences and the Department of surgical sciences, but also other universities such as Karolinska Institutet and The Sahlgrenska Academy. With ourresearch, we want to increase our knowledge of how treatment with AHSCT works and find ways to predict which patients will benefit the most from the treatment.

The work will be based on register data and analyzes of biomarkers in blood and cerebrospinal fluid. Together with other PhD students, you will analyze this data to generate new knowledge about MS and treatment with AHSCT. Teaching up to 20% may be included in the position.

To qualify for the position, you must have a degree (M.D.) from a medical school in the EU, EEA countries or the United Kingdom. We would like you to be responsible, well organized and able to work independently. You should have good communication skills and be able to collaborate with others. You also need to have good oral and written English skills to be able to collect and interpret data and to be able to publish results internationally.

Additional qualifications
Previous experience in neurological research and statistical programming is of merit.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date February 1st 2024 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Joachim Burman, +46 70-2437755, [email protected]

Please submit your application by December 15th 2023, UFV-PA 2023/4570.

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Placement: Department of Medical Sciences

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO [email protected]
Seko Universitetsklubben [email protected]
Saco-rådet [email protected]

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2023/4570

Last application date: 2023-12-15

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