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PhD student in metabolic disease with children @ Uppsala University, Department of Medical Cell Biology, Sweden

PhD student in metabolic disease with children

Uppsala University, Department of Medical Cell Biology

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.


The Department of Medical Cell Biology at Uppsala University has a strong and international research environment with about 100 employees, including around 25 PhD students, 20 postdocs and 30 researchers and professors.

Duties/Project description: Peter Bergsten’s research group at the Department of Medical Cell Biology and the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health ( works to increase the understanding of how metabolic disease develops and can be hindered, in particular in children with obesity or inborn error of metabolism. The research approach is translational, where in vivo work in patient cohorts is combined with in vitro work in cellular models. In vivo methods include annual assessments of patients including anthropometry, oral glucose tolerance test and determining concentrations of hormones, nutrients and genes in blood samples obtained from the patients as well as from control subjects. In vitro methods include culture, treating and genetically modifying cells and functionally characterize the cells including hormonal and metabolic responses.

We are looking for a qualified PhD student who will work with patient cohorts (evaluate assessments, handle and analyze patient samples and data) and cellular models (including isolated islets of Langerhans and cell-lines) to increase our understanding of mechanisms implicated in how obesity and inborn error of metabolism manifest themselves in children.

Requirements: Master’s degree in medicine or similar. The ideal candidate should be highly skilled in performing metabolic research in both patient cohorts and cellular models. Specific emphasis is put on personal qualities such as the ability to communicate, in planning, and in organizational skills. Excellent spoken and written English language skills are also required. You are expected to actively cooperate with other members of the research group and develop towards independency. The applicant is further expected to actively take part in teaching and supervising students.


Additional qualifications: Documented work or certificates from patient and cellular work is a merit. Experience from work with isolated islets of Langerhans and different methods for functionally characterizing isolated islets are desirable, but not required. Personal qualifications will be of great significance in the evaluation process.

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

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: 25-01-2021 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Peter Bergsten, 018-471 4923,


Please submit your application by the 10th of December 2020, UFV-PA 2020/4448.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at

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Submit your application through Uppsala University’s recruitment system.

Type of employmentTemporary position longer than 6 months
Contract typeFull time
SalaryFixed salary
Number of positions1
Working hours100 %
CountyUppsala län
Reference numberUFV-PA 2020/4448
Union representativeST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.seSeko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.seSaco-rådet,
Last application date10.Dec.2020 11:59 PM CET

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