Postdoctoral Position in Clinical Research Directed Towards Multiple Sclerosis
University of Gothenburg Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology

Postdoctoral Position in Clinical Research Directed Towards Multiple Sclerosis

Diary id:PAR 2020/526
Employment level:Fixed term
Location:Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Apply by:2020-05-31

The Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, invites applications for a postdoctoral position at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience. 

MS research at the Sahlgrenska academy is well established with studies in epidemiology, neurovirology, neuroimmunology and biomarkers. Several collaborative projects are established, and research for development of biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid and blood has been particularely successful with several dissertations. The biomarker projects have been done in close cooperation with the section for neurochemistry. The research group includes neurologists, immunologists, neurochemists and doctoral students.

Subject area

Clinical research in Multiple sclerosis.

Subject area description

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory and degenerative chronic disease of the central nervous system. After traumatic injury, it is the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults. In Sweden, about 20,000 people live with MS and annually there are about 1000 new cases. For over 20 years, several effective treatments with immunomodulatory or immunosuppressive effects have been developed. There is a need to improve diagnostics, prediction of course and evaluation of treatment response in MS. In prospective studies, patients with MS are monitored. Evaluation is done clinically, with cognitive tests and with quality of life questionnaires. We also investigate the rate of neurodegeneration with optical coherence tomography (OCT) to measure retinal nerve fiber layers, and Synthetic MRI (SyMRI) to measure brain atrophy, and with biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid and blood. The goal is to find better methods for evaluating the prognosis of MS and treatment effects.

Job assignments

The postdoctoral researcher will primarily focus on finding early predictors for MS progress /severity and biomarkers for monitoring treatment effects.

  • Compiling data of clinical evaluations, cognition, quality of life and degenerative measurement values from MRI, SyMRI and OCT.
  • Statistical analyzes of data.
  • Continued clinical follow-up and evaluation of patients in the prospective study.
  • OCT and evaluation of this.
  • SyMRI and evaluation of sequences for degeneration.

The work will primarily be done at the MS Center, at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, and at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology at the Sahlgrenska academy.


To qualify as a postdoctoral researcher the applicant should hold a PhD in a relevant subject. Since postdoctoral constitutes a qualifying appointment for junior researchers, we aim to target those who have a doctoral degree not older than 3 years from the application deadline.


The successful applicant must have:

  • A PhD degree in neurology/neuroscience, immunology, neuroradiology, bioinformatics, biostatistics or equivalent relevant field.
  • Extensive and in scientific publications documented knowledge on clinical research in neurology, biostatistics and bioinformatics.
  • Practical experience in clinical evaluation and data processing.
  • Documented experiences in medical statistics or bioinformatics.
  • Excellent scientific communication skills in English (written and spoken)

Meritorius is:

Experience of clinical neuroscience, biostatistics, bioinformatics, laboratory work and good knowledge of immunochemical assays of immunoreactivity and neurodegeneration.

Additionally, the successful applicant should be structured, driven and cooperative. Good inter-personal skill is an important merit. Great emphasis will be placed in personal suitability.


The employment is limited (temporary) for 24 months, 100% of full-time and is placed at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology. Starting date; as soon as possible or as agreed.

For further information:

If you have questions regarding the position please contact Adjunct Professor Jan Lycke, phone;+46733109149, e-mail; or Professor/Assistant Head of Department +46 31-342 3963, e-mail; 


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How to apply

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Please enclose PhD certificate with the application.

Closing date: 20-05-31.

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