Doctoral Position in Basic Medicine
University of Gothenburg

Doctoral student in Basic Medicine, 4 positions

Ref PAR 2021/220


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The education in Basic Medicine is intended for medical doctors or students at the medical program aiming at an academic career as researchers and lecturers.

Basic Medicine is a four year full-time training and leads to a Degree of Doctor. In addition, the doctoral student is offered departmental duties comprising 20 per cent of a full-time post.

The departmental duties aims to provide doctoral students in Basic Medicine in-depth knowledge in pedagogy and didactics as well as subject specialization in one of the following areas:

1. biochemistry/cell biology/genetics,
2. pharmacology,
3. physiology,
4. microbiology/immunology, or
5. morphology/development biology. Morphology corresponds primarily to histology and anatomy. 

The third-cycle studies are focused on one of these areas and preferably with an experimental approach. The practical skills are acquired under the guidance of teachers on subject-relevant courses. Teaching is conducted in both Swedish and English.

For more information about Basic Medicine: Medicinsk basvetenskap – Medarbetarportalen (

For information regarding the third-cycle studies at the Sahlgrenska Academy:

For more information about the research: 
Biochemistry/cell biology/genetics:
Morphology/development biology:


To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements.

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad

The specific entry requirements are fulfilled if you have completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies and knowledge in the chosen PhD-subject equivalent to the courses given within the medical program.

Teaching is mainly conducted in Swedish and sometimes English. Good knowledge of Swedish is therefore a merit. 


In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented qualifications for:
- specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related research fields
- experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology
- scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like
- experience of teaching with relevance to the education in Basic Medicine.


After admission to third-cycle studies you will be appointed to doctoral studentship. Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1993:100. The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. A person may be appointed to a doctoral studentship for a total of eight years. The total employment period may, however, not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle study for four years.

Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology or Institute of Biomedicine. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.  

Appointment procedure

Applicants that meet the general and specific entry requirements will be further evaluated by a committee that considers the ability to successfully complete the research and teaching education required by the program.

For further information regarding the position

For more information about research education in Basic Medicine please contact: 

Biochemistry/cell biology/genetics:
Morphology/development biology: 


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

Information for International Applicants

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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

You must include the following, in pdf format

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
  • Proof of completion of  English 6 course or the acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies
  • Applicants interested in and qualifying for more than one of the indicated subjects 1. biochemistry/cell biology/genetics, 2. pharmacology, 3. physiology, 4. microbiology/immunology, or 5. morphology/development biology, should indicate the order of preference: first choice, second choice, third choice etc.

If your degree is from a university outside of Sweden, make sure that you attach a diploma and full transcripts that makes assessing your degree easier.  

If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that can verify the degree at our request.

For information on what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English language requirement see

Closing date: 2021-03-30

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

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.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.


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