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PhD student: neuro-molecular mechanisms regulating food intake

Umeå University, Sweden
Umeå (Stad), Västerbotten (SE)
The salary is fixed according to Umeå University standard level. Full social benefits are included.
Closing date
14 Nov 2023

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Biomedicine, Life Science
Job Type
PhD Studentship
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

The laboratory of Olof Lagerlöf at Umeå University in Sweden is seeking one Ph.D. student to study the neurobiology of feeding behavior.


At Umeå University you will experience an attractive and creative academic and research environment that is characterized by excellence, innovation, openness and diversity. We rank among the top universities in the world and are committed to providing our employees with unique opportunities for professional and personl development. More than 2000 researchers and 34 700 students have chosen Umeå University already. You are welcome too!


Project description

We are seeking a PhD student excited to study how the brain regulates feeding behavior. Our group approaches feeding behavior on a molecular, neuronal circuit and behavioral level. We are particularly interested in how the brain integrates emotions, memory and metabolic signaling to encode mental states such as hunger and satiety. As a Ph.D. student in our group you will uncover novel neuro-molecular mechanisms by which the brain influences what we eat and how such mechanisms can be used to treat unhealthy eating habits and eating disorders like anorexia nervosa. We believe in fostering an environment where everyone has the support, freedom, and ability to answer the big questions in neuroscience. Doing your Ph.D. in our group will give you critical insight to why we eat in the way we do and a versatile platform for your future career.


Terms of employment

It is a four-year full-time position aiming towards Ph.D. certification. The position starts in November 2023 or per agreement. The salary is fixed according to the established salary level for doctoral employment at Umeå University. Full social benefits.



We seek people excited about the brain and how its neuronal networks make us feel, think and eat. Previous experience of animal behavior, stereotactic injections, biochemistry, molecular biology or imaging is meritorious.


Further information

For further information about the project and position contact Assistant Professor Olof Lagerlöf at





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The application should be written in English and include:

1.                Curriculum Vitae

2.        Cover letter describing your research interests, why you want to work with us, how you can contribute to the lab and project and your career plans after the Ph.D.

3.                Copy of your master thesis

4.                List of publications (if any)

5.                Certified copies of degree certificates

6.                Certified list of university courses with grades. Note that for international applicants the grading system        should be explained in brief

7.                Two reference letters


Applications must be submitted via our e-recruitment system Varbi no later than 15 October 2023.


We look forward to your application!




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