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PhD student in Medical Sciences in the field of Psychoneuroendocrinology

Employer
SciLifeLab
Location
Uppsala, Sweden (SE)
Salary
According to agreements
Closing date
Jun 1, 2022
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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 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Department of Women’s and Children’s Health is an international and multidisciplinary institution with a focus on women’s, parents’ and children’s health and welfare. The global health perspective is also a focus; we collaborate across professions and clinical areas, both in education and in research. We are recruiting a highly motivated person who is interested in conducting research in the field of Psychoneuroendocrinology. The advertised position is linked to the research group Neuropsychopharmacology (https://www.kbh.uu.se/research/neuropsychopharmacology/).

More information on the department can be found here: https://www.kbh.uu.se/.

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at Uppsala University

About the project: Women’s mental health
Mood swings associated with the hormonal fluctuations of the menstrual cycle affect the daily lives of billions of women in their fertile age. The doctoral project includes neuroimaging studies of symptoms and drug-induced effects the woman’s brain. The focus of the doctoral project will be on premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and the following question: Are there diagnostic and remission-related neuromolecular markers, brain structure and function markers, and endocrine hormone markers? Magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography are used to study the neural correlates of PMDD. Mass spectrometry will be used for the analysis of endocrine biomarkers. The aim is to advance our understanding from a mechanistic point of view of PMDD and its treatment.

Duties As a doctoral student in the project, you will conduct a double-blind, longitudinal study, along with healthcare professionals with experience in diagnosing PMDS. You will work with the project team to perform neuroimaging examinations. The successful candidate will delve into doctoral studies in the relevant subject area. Experienced supervisors will be on hand to guide the student throughout the process from study planning to implementation and manuscript writing.

The doctoral program includes four years of full-time studies. Other duties at the department that pertains to education and administrative work may be included (maximum 20%), which extends the employment by the corresponding time.

Requirements Eligible for admission to postgraduate education is anyone who has completed a degree at advanced level, corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or otherwise acquired essentially equivalent knowledge outside Sweden. The applicant must have a basic education in medicine, bioinformatics, psychology, chemistry, or related subjects. The applicant must be able to work independently and be well organized. The person should be highly motivated, thorough, goal-oriented, and good at both independent and group work. Good knowledge of English both orally and in writing is required. Emphasis will be placed on documented experience of experimental work and previous publications.

Information on eligibility requirements, education at postgraduate education level and admission regulations can be found at:
https://www.uu.se/en/admissions/phd-studies// and https://mp.uu.se/web/info/forska/forskarutbildning/medicin-och-farmaci

Additional qualifications We are looking for a person who has a genuine interest in psychoneuroendocrinology. It is an advantage if the candidate has experience of brain imaging research and good experience of processing large amounts of dat,a as well as good basic knowledge in biostatistics and molecular biology. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability when it comes to who is judged to have the best conditions to develop and implement the planned project.

The application must be written in Swedish or English and must contain a curriculum vitae, the thesis, possible scientific publications, and a personal letter with a short description of yourself, your motivation, your experience, and the name, e-mail address and telephone number of two reference persons.

You should also attach copies of relevant diplomas and course extracts. Applications are assessed according to eligibility, personal suitability, and previous experience.

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

Application process The application must be written in Swedish or English and must contain a curriculum vitae, the thesis, possible scientific publications, and a personal letter with a short description of yourself, your motivation, your experience, and the name, e-mail address and telephone number of two reference persons.

You should also attach copies of relevant diplomas and course extracts. Applications are assessed according to eligibility, personal suitability, and previous experience.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Erika Comasco, Erika.comasco@neuro.uu.se.

Company

SciLifeLab is a collaboration between four universities in Stockholm and Uppsala, Sweden: Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, and Uppsala University. SciLifeLab is a national centre for large-scale biosciences with focus on health and environmental research. The centre combines advanced technical know-how and state-of-the-art equipment with a broad knowledge in translational medicine and molecular bioscience.

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Location
Box 1031, Tomtebodavägen 23
Solna
Stockholm
171 21
Sweden
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