Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine

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The Faculty of Medicine, which consists of 13 departments, is responsible for biomedical research and courses in the field of nursing and health care and has an extensive research and graduate education in more than 80 subjects.


We are announcing a Postdoc position at the Department of Nursing in the project “Evaluation of mechanisms that modulate and predict pain perception.”

The position is for two years, full time. The start date will be as soon as possible after the employment agreement. The application deadline is 2023-04-30.

Project description

The aim of the project is to investigate whether stress and anxiety affect pain experiences and whether this is associated with neurochemical levels in the brain. Spectroscopy will be used to measure selected neurotransmitters (GABA and glutamate) in 2 pain-related brain regions. The project is interdisciplinary, including researchers with expertise in several fields and in collaboration with Umeå center for Functional Brain Imaging (

Task assignments

The post-doctoral work will include data collection, statistical analyses, writing of manuscripts, participating in method development, and study design.


Individuals with a Ph.D. in the following fields are eligible to apply:  nursing, medicine, physiotherapy, psychology, radiography, or equivalent scientific skills. This eligibility requirement must be met at the latest when the employment decision is made. The applicant must be able to summarize and present results at scientific meetings and write scientific reports in English.

Since employment as a post-doctoral fellow is a professional development position for junior researchers, we primarily target those with a doctoral degree no older than three years from the last date of application. A doctoral degree older than three years can be considered if there are special reasons, such as work interruption due to illness, parental leave, clinical service, positions of trust within trade unions, or other similar circumstances.

We are looking for a well-qualified and highly motivated employee with skills in statistical analysis. The applicant should be able to understand Swedish. We value the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a research team. Research experience in the field of pain and/or magnetic resonance imaging/ spectroscopy is an advantage. Strong emphasis will be placed on personal suitability. 

More about the employment

The employment is a temporary, full-time employment for two years according to the terms of the agreement on limited-term employment (Swedish employment law) as a post-doctoral fellow as agreed.


Application should include:

  • A brief cover letter (one page) that describes the applicant’s research experience, research interests, and suitability for the project
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Information about academic degrees (with verifications)
  • Employments
  • Names and contact information for two references

The application should be written in Swedish or English. The application must be submitted using our digital/web-based recruitment system Varbi and received no later than April 30, 2023.

For questions about this employment opportunity, please contact PhD. Lenita Lindgren,

Welcome with your application!

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-472-23
  • Lenita Lindgren, forskningsledare, 090-7867616
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 15.Mar.2023
Last application date 30.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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