Umeå University (UmU)

Postdoctoral Scholarship (2 years) in analytical chemistry for studies on Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Department of Chemistry, Umeå University

Umeå, Sweden

The Department of Chemistry at Umeå University has around 200 faculty, student, and staff members ( We belong to the Chemical Biological Centre ( where the Swedish Metabolomics Centre ( and one (of two) national nodes of the Swedish NMR Centre are located ( By offering a broad range of cutting-edge mass spectrometry capabilities and NMR equipment in the context of research in life science and medicine, this interdisciplinary environment facilitates collaborative efforts of the highest standard. Our department actively supports equal opportunities regardless of their gender, origin, religion, ideology, disability, age or sexual identity. We look forward to applications from people who are open-minded and enjoy doing research in diverse teams.

Project description
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a serious complication of pregnancy that is associated with adverse fetal and child development and maternal and fetal morbidity. Up to 2 out of 100 women will suffer from HG during their pregnancy and typical symptoms include chronic vomiting, dehydration, malnutrition, and muscle pain, which may persist until delivery or longer. A breakthrough on genetic risk factors contributing to HG was recently published in Nature Communications. Validation of these genetic findings is the overarching aim of this postdoctoral project, which will include studies on metabolic pathways associated with HG, as well as identification of potential biomarkers for improved HG diagnosis and care using mass spectrometry methods. Focus is mainly on LC-MS analysis of clinical samples, method development for clinically useful diagnostics and validation of candidate therapeutic targets.

The required qualification is a doctoral degree or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent in analytical chemistry, with emphasis on mass spectrometry. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application, unless special circumstances exist. A good command of the English language, both written and spoken, is required, as is good ability to take initiatives and co-operate. Documented experience of LC-MS method development, including sample preparation for protein and/or metabolite analysis of biofluids are strong merits.

The fellowship, financed by the Kempe foundations, is for 2 years starting according to agreement. The stipend is 288 000 SEK per year.

The application must include:

- A cover letter including your qualifications, research interests, motivation for applying, and contact information (maximum two pages)
- A Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications
- Copies of doctoral degree certificate and other relevant degree certificates, including documentation of completed academic courses and received grades.
- A copy of PhD thesis and relevant publications (maximum five)
- Name and contact information for at least two reference persons
- Other documents you wish to include

Your complete application, written in Swedish or English and marked with reference number FS 2.1.6-182-20 should be sent in PDF format to (with reference number on the subject line) no later than March 16, 2020.

Additional information
For more information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Malin L. Nording,

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Postdoctoral Scholarship (2 years) in analytical chemistry for studies on Hyperemesis Gravidarum