Postdoctoral Position in Neuroscience
University of Gothenburg

Postdoctor in Neuroscience

Ref PAR 2020/1266

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At the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology we conduct extensive research in various scientific fields. Research is conducted within the means of five sections; pharmacology, physiology, health and rehabilitation, clinical neuroscience and psychiatry, and neurochemistry. This project will be conducted at the Department of Pharmacology which is a research intensive workplace, including ample opportunities for interaction with other research groups within the field of pharmacology, psychiatry, neurobiology and neuropharmacology.

The neuropeptide oxytocin affects social behaviour in many species and treatment with oxytocin seems to alleviates autism symptoms by increasing an individuals' social attention. However, the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the effects of oxytocin remain to be investigated in experimental animal models. Furthermore, as the effects of exogenous oxytocin are relatively moderate and short-lived drugs that instead increase endogenous oxytocin seem to be an attractive alternative in to diminish social deficiencies in e.g., autism. Our research group has in recent years established behavioural models and neuroanatomical methods allowing us to investigate social behaviour, neuroanatomy and molecular mechanisms as well as to perform drug screening in zebrafish. The current project comprises studies of how oxytocin and other molecules affect social behaviour and related brain function in zebrafish.

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

Subject area

Neuroscience and Pharmacology

Subject area description

To identify pharmacological treatments for the social deficits seen in individuals with autism spectrum disorders the postdoctor will study how oxytocin influences brain function and social behaviors in zebrafish. One of the projects aims at investigating a large number of drugs with the potential to increase oxytocin release. Such molecules have large potential as drug candidates for treatment of social deficiencies seen in e.g. autism.


Job assignments

The postdoctor will work with zebrafish larvae – mainly transgenes or mutant lines. The duties include testing of social behaviors in larval zebrafish, to plan and conduct immunohistochemical experiments as well as high-through-put drug screening in transgene zebrafish larvae expressing EGFP in oxytocin cells. The postdoctor will also be involved in study design, selection and development of statistical methods, analysis of phenotypes, and completion of manuscripts. Furthermore, the candidate will also supervise master students and doctoral students working with related projects.


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.


We are looking for a candidate with a strong interest in the neurobiology of social behaviour and autism. A suitable candidate has a solid knowledge of neuroscience and experience of research with zebrafish and/or immunohistochemistry and microscopy. We value good communication ability, presentation skills, and scientific integrity. The candidate must be organizational, meticulous, responsible and able to work both independently and in groups. Good knowledge of English, written and spoken, is necessary. Great emphasis will be placed on 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.

Appointment procedure

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system.

For further information

If you have questions regarding the employment please contact Professor Lars Westberg, phone; + 46 31 786 34 31, e-mail;

Manager in charge is Researcher/Head of Department Michael Winder, phone; +46 31 786 34 77, e-mail

Application documents are not to be submitted through the contact persons.



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Please enclose PhD certificate with the application.

Closing date: 2021-03-05.

 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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