PhD Position in Diabetes Research and PET Imaging
Uppsala University Department of Medicinal Chemistry

PhD student in diabetes research and PET imaging

Published: 2021-12-20

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in 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 over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry at Uppsala University is a strong and international research environment. The department has about 85 employees and here, doctoral students, teachers, researchers and administrators work closely together in a creative and open environment. More information about the department can be found at

The Translational PET Imaging research group is looking for a strongly motivated PhD student in diabetes research and PET imaging, to work in a leading research environment with scientists of diverse and international background. 

Diabetes is one of the world's major health problems. Its consequences have a considerable impact on patients' quality of life and more research on diabetes is desperately needed. Consequently, the Uppsala Diabetes Center, an interdisciplinary diabetes research centre at Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, was founded to coordinate and focus on the universities' broad expertise with the aim of understanding, preventing and treating diabetes. We want to inspire cooperation and collaboration between all relevant actors in academia, healthcare, business and society. For better health and improved wellbeing with diabetes -

The Translational PET Imaging research group is committed to improving healthcare through development of novel molecular imaging techniques for diagnosis and treatment of disease. The research group is associated with Science for Life Laboratory and part of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. The Translational PET Imaging research group currently consists of 10 scientists, including radiochemists, biologists and engineers.

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Project description

The incretin receptors, GLP1R and GIPR, as well as the Glucagon receptor, are important targets for future pharmaceutical treatments of diabetes. The aim of the project is use novel PET imaging technologies to study the incretin receptors, and new drugs binding to these, in tissues in vivo. The applicant will collaborate with a team of biologists, engineers and physicians. Interest for in vivo studies is a requirement. The project will be performed as part of the Uppsala Diabetes Center research school.


The main duties of the doctoral student is to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties such as routine maintenance of the lab (no more than 20%).


  • We are looking for a highly motivated junior scientist for a PhD position. We welcome applications from candidates that already have, or who expect to soon have, a Master of Science degree in chemistry, pharmacy, biomedicine, engineering, natural sciences, medicine or similar.
  • Self-motivation and good time management and planning skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Good presentation and communication skills.
  • Experience in laboratory work is an advantage.

Additional qualifications

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programs if he/ she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • skills in English, equivalent of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6, documented by e.g. upper secondary level grades, IELTS or TOEFL (

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

Instructions for Application

Applications should be written in Swedish or English and contain the following:  

  1. Cover letter, including motivation to attend the PhD program (max. 1 page)
  2. CV
  3. Copy of Master’s thesis (or a draft thereof), copies of diplomas, certificates (including a list of courses and grades), documentation of skills in English, and other relevant documentation
  4. Contact information (e-mail and telephone number) to reference persons or letter(s) of recommendation, if available.

Selection process

Selection of candidates is based on qualifications, previous work and/or research experience within the field, and personal suitability. Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

About the employment

The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date at the latest 1 March 2022. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Associate Senior Lecturer Olof Eriksson ( and Head of dept, professor Anders Karlén (

Please submit your application by 28 January 2022, UFV-PA 2021/4957.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/4957

Last application date: 2022-01-28

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