PhD student Neurochemistry

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 21 Sep 2021

at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics . Closing date: 21 September 2021.

SciLifeLab is a national center for molecular biosciences with focus on health and environmental research. The center combines frontline technical expertise with advanced knowledge of translational medicine and molecular bioscience. SciLifeLab is a national resource hosted by Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University. The center also collaborates with several other universities.

Project description
Your studies in Neurochemistry will be in the project "Neural circuit connectivity and function in neuropsychiatric disorders".

The project will study the diversity of neuromodulatory neurons and circuits in the brain. The lab is particularly interested in serotonin and dopamine neural subpopulations and their role in mood and anxiety-related behaviours. We want to understand how neural connectivity and function contribute to both healthy behaviour as well as neuropsychiatric disorders.

The project will utilize transgenic mouse models to characterize novel neuronal subtypes with single-cell RNA sequencing, viral-genetic tools to visualize and map the connectivity of brain circuits, in vivo calcium imaging to record neural activity, and various manipulation methods including optogenetics to modulate neural activity during behavioral assays.

Previous experience in neuroscience, molecular biology, computation or data science is an advantage. Programming skills (Matlab, Python or R) are an advantage. Candidates with a strong interest in learning these techniques are also encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in a vibrant and highly collaborative environment.

For more information about our research check the Pollak Dorocic lab website.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements for acceptance in Neurochemistry with Molecular Neurobiology program the applicant must have passed courses within the first and second cycles of at least 120 credits in Chemistry/Life Sciences, including at least 15 credits Neurochemistry/Chemistry/Life Sciences at the second cycle level and a Degree Project (Thesis) also in Neurochemistry/Chemistry/Life Science of 30 credits. 

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to successfully complete the program. Important criteria when assessing this capacity are; documented knowledge and skill in the field of the thesis project, written and oral proficiency in English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations .

Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact the project leader, Iskra Pollak Dorocic, .

General information about the PhD programs can be given by the Director of Doctoral Studies, Pia Ädelroth, , or the Head of the Department, Martin Högbom, .

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, ,  (SEKO), and PhD student representative, .

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
    – outline a scientific question/project (maximum 1 page) you would be interested to work on.
    (The purpose of this document is not to design the successful candidate’s doctoral studies, but to evaluate the scientific thinking of the applicant).
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 6 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position .

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 21/09/2021

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