Postdoc Position Available – Long Non-coding RNA

gothenburgPostdoctoral fellow in Medical science, specifically bioinformatics and cancer genomics

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 2 years
Extent: 100 %
Location: Institute of Biomedicine, Gothenburg
First day of employment: As agreed
Reference number: PER 2014/466

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 six departments:

  • The Department of Infectious Diseases
  • The Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • The Department of Pathology
  • The Department of Clinical Chemistry and Transfusion Medicine
  • The Department of Medical and Clinical Genetics
  • The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Cell Biology

At present, the institute has about 350 employees and approximately 290 million SEK in total assets.

Subject area

Medical science, specifically bioinformatics and cancer genomics.

Specific subject description

The discovery of microRNAs has greatly increased the appreciation for non-coding RNA beyond classical RNA genes such as ribosomal and transfer RNA, and it has recently become clear that so called long non-coding RNAs rival protein-coding genes in number. The vast majority of these molecules remain uncharacterized, but an increasing number of reports point to important functions in cell physiology and pathology, including cancer. Using bioinformatical methods, we are currently tackling several exciting questions in relation to human non-coding RNAs, ranging from basic studies to applied large-scale cancer genomics. We collaborate with wet-lab biologists in the near environment and elsewhere.

Job assignments

We seek a motivated postdoctoral researcher with a background in bioinformatics and genomics, to undertake projects related to non-coding RNAs and cancer biology. The postdoctoral fellow will make use of available data, including high-throughput sequencing datasets from international cancer genomics consortia, to study patterns of somatic alteration of non-coding RNAs in cancer. The project may also include development of novel software tools and methodology. The work is expected to be carried out indendently in dialogue with coworkers and collaborators.


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


Priority will be given to applicants with hands-on experience with applied bioinformatics. Familiarity with scripting languages such as perl, as well as Matlab or R, is desirable. Experience from relevant biological fields and familiarity with wet laboratory work is desirable but not necessary. Previous experience with next-generation sequencing is a merit. Excellent communicative skills are required, including fluency in oral and written English.

Related information

For further information please contact

Erik Larsson Lekholm, Associate Professor
+46 31 786 6942

Labour union

SACO: Catrine Folcker
+46 31 786 2768

OFR/S: Stefan Schedin
+46 31 786 1167

SEKO: Lennart Olsson
+46 31 786 1173

Closing date


Appointment Procedure

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

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.


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