Postdoctoral researcher in Experimental Cell Biology to the School of Medical Sciences

Fixed-term position
Full time
The application deadline is

Ref no: ORU 2.1.1-06893/2022

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in Experimental Cell Biology for a fixed-term position at the School of Medical Sciences.

Subject area

The subject area for this position is: Biomedicine


Inflammation constitutes a critical component of many common diseases, such as cancer, autoimmune disease, metabolic diseases, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Current research reveals a profound lack of a mechanistic understanding of different forms of inflammation, and their interactions with the pathophysiological mechanisms of common diseases. The current position is part of a larger project ( aimed at using a systems biological approach to map inflammatory mechanisms. One approach is to use in vitro models to generate highly resolved data of inflammatory mechanisms that constitute the basis for the in silico models describing inflammatory mechanisms from cellular to systemic levels.

The project is transdisciplinary and includes close collaboration with business partners in the Life Science/Pharmaceutical industry. This project is hosted by the Inflammatory Response and Infection Susceptibility Centre ( at Örebro University, and iRiSC will be the main affiliation for the position where a team of dedicated scientists will constitute a supportive network for the applicant. Örebro University ( is one of the most expansive universities in Sweden, and was most recently placed as number 84 when Times Higher Education ranked the young universities in the world, and as number 160 among all universities in the world when looking at the citation rate per se. The Department of Medical Sciences is located close to the University Hospital in a beautiful setting by the river. Örebro is a very bike and commuter friendly city located close to the Kilsbergen mountains facilitating an active outdoors lifestyle of hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. Örebro University further has an active Junior Faculty, a great community for early career researchers.  

Duties and responsibilities

The appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is intended to enable persons, who have recently been awarded their doctoral degree, to consolidate and develop primarily their research skills. The applicant will bring expertise in tumour immunology to the multi-disciplinary research environment, manage their own projects, being responsible for developing, maintaining, and conducting experiments producing high-quality data, and to publish results in peer-reviewed journals. The applicant will contribute to and drive scientific and technical development using different in vitro models (cell- and tissue models) relevant for inflammation, and to analyse relevant inflammatory markers using molecular analysis techniques. The applicant will be supported by an active research environment of skilled senior researchers, PhD students, lab techs, and other post-docs. Certain aspects of the research will be conducted in close collaboration with system biologists and bioinformaticians to dissect biological mechanisms of tumour immunology.


Those qualified for appointment as a postdoctoral researcher are applicants, who have been awarded a doctoral degree in a subject matter relevant for the position or have a degree from abroad deemed to correspond to a doctoral degree. The degree is to have been awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline. If special grounds exist, a person who has been awarded their doctoral degree prior to that should also be considered. Such grounds comprise leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical practice, positions of trust in a trade union or other similar circumstances.

Assessment criteria

A basis for the assessment is the applicant’s ability to disseminate information and communicate; collaborate and engage with the wider community; and facilitate utilisation of the university’s research; as well as the ability and suitability to cooperate with other members of staff and contribute to the development of university operations.

Particular attention is to be given to the applicant’s prospects of contributing to the future development of both research and education. Importance is also attached to a demonstrated ability and ambition to embark on a career within academia.

General assessment criteria also include good interpersonal skills, and an ability to perform the duties well with high quality and suitability. The applicant should also be highly organized, able to meet deadlines, have a clear sense of responsibility, and be goal oriented.

Other assessment criteria
Central to the position is extensive experience of cell culture experimentation. Experience in co-culture models or complex tissue culture, such as 2- or 3-dimensional models is favourable. Previous research experience within inflammation, immunology, and inflammatory diseases is preferable. Experience in models of tumour immunology is favourable. Since the project will be conducted in close collaborations with other professions and non-academic partners, a cooperative mind-set is of great importance.


This is a fixed-term full-time position for two years, with a possible extension of a third year. At Örebro University, salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

For more information about the position, please contact Professor Eewa Nånberg (Leader of X-HiDE in vitro research; This is an email address), Dr. Robert Kruse (X-HiDE Research Manager; This is an email address) or Wessam Melik (Head of Unit; This is an email address).

At Örebro University, we expect each member of staff to be open to development and change; take responsibility for their work and performance; demonstrate a keen interest in collaboration and contribute to development; as well as to show respect for others by adopting a constructive and professional approach.

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust, and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.


The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • Covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the continued development of Örebro University
  • CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience
  • Account of research qualifications and experience
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • Relevant scientific publications (maximum of 10 and in full-text format)

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian or Danish can be reviewed.

More information for applicants will be found at out career site:

The application deadline is December 1, 2022. We look forward to receiving your application!

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As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.