PhD Position in Molecular Epidemiology

Uppsala University Department of Medical Sciences


PhD Student in Molecular Epidemiology

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The Department of Medical Sciences is a large clinical institution with more than 250 employees and over 300 additional coworkers connected via the Uppsala University Hospital. The Department of Medical Sciences has a broad research profile with strong research groups in a number of different areas. The research carried out at the department is performed in close connection with the clinical activities at the Uppsala University Hospital, which includes both basic studies on the causes of a variety of illnesses and the development and evaluation of improved diagnostics and new treatment methods. More information about the Department of Medical Sciences can be found at

Duties/Project description:

A PhD student position is available within the research group Molecular Epidemiology at the Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University. The group is led by Professor Tove Fall.

The research group integrates information from large population studies with modern molecular measurement methods and epidemiological methods to study how chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease covary with genetic variation, circulating biomarkers such as proteins or metabolites, or phenotype or organ function that can be estimated using imaging diagnostic methods such as ultrasound or MRI. We also investigate different lifestyle traits. In our research, we leverage power provided by combining data from several different sources, including data registries and cohort studies that include analyses of their DNA, circulating proteins and metabolites. We also investigate the association of intestinal microbiota with non-communicable diseases.

We seek a highly motivated candidate with an interest in epidemiological research utilizing molecular data. The aim of the doctoral project is to study the relationships between intestinal microbiota and protein levels in plasma, as well as lifestyle risk factors.

Additional information about the Molecular epidemiology/Fall research group can be found via:

The position as PhD student is a 4-year full-time employment.


The applicant must have a corresponding MSc degree or has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 credits were awarded at the advanced level, in the area of medical research. Demonstrate high level of proficiency in oral and written English is required. Personal qualities, such as drive, the ability to manage and run scientific projects, and ability to interact with international researchers in a diverse environment are very important. The applicant needs to be determined, structured and able to work efficiently both individually and in groups.

Additional qualifications:

Experience with analyses of the relationships between molecular data, such as proteomics or metabolomics, and lifestyle factors is a merit. Additionally experience with scientific presentation and previous publications in peer-reviewed journals are also a merit, as well as knowledge of microbiology and/or infectious medicine, and experience with STATA and R.

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

Instruction for application:

The application should contain:

  1. a) Letter of Intent in which the applicant briefly describes themselves and their research interests.
  2. b)
  3. c) PDF copies of diplomas and transcripts with grades, thesis work and other documents that the applicant wishes to include.

Information on postgraduate education, application procedure and rules for admission is available via:

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.  

Starting date: 1 October, 2020, 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: Tove Fall,

Please submit your application by 25 June 2020, UFV-PA 2020/2099

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Submit your application through Uppsala University´s recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Medical Sciences

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 2020/2099

Last application date: 2020-06-25

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