Postdoctoral researcher in Biomedicine

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1-05247/2021

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in biomedicine for a two-year fixed-term position at the School of Medical Sciences.

Subject area

The subject area for this position is cardiovascular biology / immunology.


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of death world-wide, accounting for approximately one third of all deaths globally. Atherosclerosis is the underlying process for most CVDs and is characterized by accumulation of cholesterol and activated immune cells in the arterial wall. The clinical presentations of atherosclerosis are diverse and comprise myocardial infarction, stroke, peripheral arterial disease etc.  Vascular inflammation is a crucial component in the development of CVD and is currently evaluated as therapeutic target for cardiovascular disease.

In the current project the importance of the melanocortin system in the development of cardiovascular disease will be evaluated, and novel drug candidates that act on the melanocortin receptors will be tested for their ability to reduce vascular inflammation, and thereby decrease the risk for cardiovascular events.

The position is part of a strong research environment, Cardiovascular research centre (CVRC) at Örebro University ( The main aims of the research environment are to significantly strengthen the cardiovascular research through genuine translational research and collaboration between basic and clinical scientists at Örebro University and Örebro University Hospital, and to create unique multidisciplinary projects in the field of cardiovascular research.

Örebro University is one of the fastest growing university in Sweden with 17000 students and 1500 employees.  In year 2020, Örebro University was ranked among top 75 of the young universities according to the Times Higher Education, and top 30 when considering citation rate per se. Örebro University is a government university, which entitles to several benefits such as extended holiday and generous occupational pension and health insurance. Employees also receives health and wellness coupons.

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.

In the current position the post-doctoral fellow will study melanocortin receptor agonist and their impact in vascular cells and immunes cells and evaluate how novel melanocortin receptor agonists affect atherosclerosis development and progression. The applicant will work with cultured cells and ex vivo with human and mice blood and tissues and study cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying development of cardiovascular disease.

The researcher is expected to work independently, to take responsibility of the execution, organization, and development of the research project, to generate and document experimental results, and to report project progresses to the team leader regularly. The researcher should be experienced in scientific communication and are expected to supervise junior members of the group. This study will be conducted in close collaboration with two Swedish companies in the life science sector, as well as in collaboration with other members of the Cardiovascular Research Centre.


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 paid 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.  

The candidate should have proven knowledge and skills in cardiovascular biology and/or immunology. In-depth knowledge and experience in cell culture, and various cellular and molecular biology techniques is required. The candidate should be capable of generating novel ideas, and possess skills to plan, manage, evaluate and execute research projects with a high degree of independence. The candidate should be well organised and have the ability of strategic thinking. Good soft skills and cooperative attitude are essential as the applicant will work in collaboration with other researchers and business partners. The ability to initiate and maintain networks to long-term collaboration is highly appreciated. Competence in both written and oral communication of research in English is a prerequisite for the position. In addition, personal suitability will be a factor in the selection process.


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

For more information about the position, contact Liza Ljungberg +46 19 30 14 77, email: This is an email address, or Ida Schoultz, +46 19 30 32 09, email: 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 characterized 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 and Danish can be reviewed.
More information for applicants will be found at out career site:

The application deadline is 2021-09-26. We look forward to receiving your application!

We decline any contact with advertisers or recruitment agencies in the recruitment process.

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.