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Postdoctoral scholarship (2 years) within mass spectrometry for studies on Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Umeå University
Umeå, Sweden
350 000 SEK/year
Closing date
15 Aug 2024

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Chemistry, Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

The Department of Chemistry, Umeå University, Sweden is offering a postdoctoral scholarship within “Identification of Biomarkers Using Mass Spectrometry for the Diagnosis of Hyperemesis Gravidarum”. The scholarship is full-time for two years with access 1 September, 2024 or by agreement. Last day to apply is 15 August 2024.

Project description

Recent findings have shown that elevated levels of Growth Differentiation Factor 15 (GDF-15) and increased susceptibility to it play pivotal roles in Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), resulting in severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. In this research project, mass spectrometry methods for quantitative measurements of GDF-15 will be developed and validated, alongside the development of proteomics protocols for identification of HG biomarkers in patient samples. The objective is to introduce novel mass spectrometry approaches for diagnosing HG, facilitating its clinical application and utilization in research studies investigating the underlying mechanisms involving GDF-15. The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and clinicians at Umeå University and the University Hospital of Umeå.

The two-year scholarship, financed by the Kempe Foundation, amounts to 350,000 SEK per year and is tax-free.


To qualify as a postdoctoral scholarship holder, the postdoctoral fellow is required to have completed a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed equivalent to a doctoral degree. This qualification requirement must be fulfilled no later than at the time of the decision about scholarship recipient.

Priority should be given to candidates who completed their doctoral degree, according to what is stipulated in the paragraph above, no later than three years prior. If there are special reasons, candidates who completed their doctoral degree prior to that may also be eligible. Special reasons include absence due to illness, parental leave, appointments of trust in trade union organizations, military service, or similar circumstances, as well as clinical practice or other forms of appointment/assignment relevant to the subject area.

Doctoral degree should be within chemistry or a related subject area with emphasis on mass spectrometry.

 Additional requirements are:

  • Experience of sample preparation procedures for protein analysis
  • Experience in LC-MS/MS quantification of proteins

Meriting criteria are:

  • Experience in LC-MS/MS quantification of small molecules
  • Experience in proteomics and/or metabolomics analysis of biological samples
  • Experience in processing large datasets (e.g., programming skills in R or Python)

We are looking for candidates who are interested in women’s health and have a good command of the English language, both written and spoken. You have the ability and enjoy taking on research questions independently, taking initiatives, plan your own progression and are able to collaborate with a team.

A full application should include:

  • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, your scientific interests, your motives for applying, and how you feel you meet the essential and meriting criteria (max 2 pages),
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with publication list,
  • Copy of doctoral degree certificate or documentation that clarifies when the degree of doctor is expected to be obtained,
  • Copies of other diplomas, list of completed academic courses and grades,
  • Copy of doctoral thesis and up to 3 relevant articles,
  • Other documents that the applicant wishes to claim,
  • Contact information to two persons willing to act as references.

Submit your application as a PDF marked with the reference number FS 2.1.6-1247-24, both in the file name and in the subject field of the email, to The application should be written in English (preferably) or Swedish. The closing date is 15 August 2024.  

More information

For more information, please contact Dr. Malin L. Nording,

We look forward to receiving your application!

About us

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology with approximately 200 employees and strong and expanding research. The Department has four major research areas: Biological Chemistry, IBEAM, Organic Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry. We are also a strong partner in the KBC, Chemical Biological Centre

At Umeå University, everything is nearby. Our cohesive campus environment makes it easy to meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture where we rejoice in each other’s successes. If you are interested in knowing about Umeå University as a workplace, read more at:

Umeå University also offers a strong postdoc community with the Umeå Postdoc Society (UPS), which fosters networking among postdocs, organises social and career development events and works towards improving the postdoc experience at the Umeå campus. Check out their website: and do not hesitate to get in contact with them early on!

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