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Postdoctoral position in gender dysphoria

Uppsala University
Uppsala (Län) (SE)
Commensurate with education and experience
Closing date
Nov 2, 2022

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Postdoctoral position in gender dysphoria


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 position is placed within the research group psychiatric epidemiology and gender dysphoria led by Senior Lecturer Fotis Papadopoulos. (Psykiatrisk epidemiologi - Institutionen för medicinska vetenskaper - Uppsala universitet ( The work will be conducted at the Department of Medical Sciences, Psychiatry, Uppsala University Hospital.

Within the research group, a number of researchers work in the field of gender dysphoria, utilizing clinical data from the multicenter Swedish Gender Dysphoria Study (SKDS, as well as nationwide data from the Swedish national health registers.

We are now looking for you who is interested in becoming a member of our team. This postdoctoral position involves participation in the planning, coordination and implementation of our research studies that aim to provide scientifically robust answers to several of the current knowledge gaps in gender dysphoria (GD). For example, you will be examining core outcomes of gender affirming treatments (GAT) in GD, the safety of those treatments, as well as factors of importance for the non-completion of a GD evaluation, the decision to stop GAT or to undergo a detransition.

This position, in an engaging, transdisciplinary and international research environment, where you will be able to contribute to internationally leading research, provides an excellent opportunity for a transition to an independent academic career.

Uppsala University and Sweden in general offer many opportunities for building an independent line of research. These include world renowned training courses and many grant opportunities tailored for junior researchers. The supervisory team will be fully supportive and keen to maximize opportunities for the postdocs’s career development.

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The successful candidate will partly coordinate the various research projects described above, in collaboration with other research assistants, doctoral students and researchers. Focus will be on working with statistical analysis, manuscript preparation and grant applications. The employment is for two years and can possibly be extended. The exact content of the postdoctoral work is to some extent flexible and will take the profile and of the elected candidate into account.

The successful candidate will be part of a productive and dynamic research environment and work closely with the research team to:

  • Follow the literature, develop new hypotheses in the field and contribute to the research group's brainstorming discussions
  • Develop analysis plans to test study hypotheses
  • Conduct data preprocessing and statistical analyses
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication (the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to be the first author of several articles and co-author in others)
  • Assist in project coordination tasks, including managing databases
  • Assist in applications for grants and preparation of ethical applications/amendments
  • Supervision of junior researchers and/or students
  • Other tasks, as well as administration, may be included


For employment as a postdoctoral fellow, you must have a PhD, or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD, preferably in the field of transgender health but a doctoral degree in psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology, public health, biostatistics or other related subjects may also be considered.  The degree needs to be obtained by the time of the decision of employment. Those who have obtained a PhD degree three years prior to the application deadline are primarily considered for the employment. The starting point of the three-year frame period is the application deadline. Due to special circumstances, the degree may have been obtained earlier. The three-year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

The candidate must have a strong quantitative research background, be able to independently conduct data preprocessing, data analyses and manuscript preparation. Excellent oral and written English language skills are also required. Very good knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite and data management as well as extensive analysis experience in R, Python or SAS/STATA is required.

Good ability to work together in a team is a requirement, as is the ability to work independently. We want to welcome into our team a person with high scientific merits and a collaborative attitude, who is be able to prioritize, take initiatives, be thorough and interested in constantly developing our team and work. We seek a reliable, ambitious and effective team member motivated to produce the best possible science.

Additional qualifications

  • Knowledge of the Swedish language
  • Experience of work with data from Swedish national registers
  • Experience of systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses
  • Number of publications in scientific journals
  • Experience of supervision at an advanced level
  • Experience of using Redcap

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of 2 years according to central collective agreement, with possibility for extension. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date spring 2022 or as agreed. Placement: Department of Medical Sciences, Psychiatry, Uppsala

Application process:

The application must contain the following documents in English:

A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defense, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, committee and volunteer work Copy of your diplomas Copy of your thesis A personal letter of maximum 2 pages outlining your eligibility and motivation for the position, as well as a half-page summary of your current work assignments A complete list of publications (including URL/DOI) Contact information to at least two persons who can act as references


For further information about the position, please contact: Senior Lecturer Fotis Papadopoulos (

Please submit your application by 31 October 2022, UFV-PA 2022/3259.

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