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Postdoctoral researcher to the project Interaction between dietary protein and fibre fermentation - Örebro, Sweden

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Örebro University has the vision to be a prominent university that is leading towards a knowledge-driven society. Characterised by its continuing progress in education and research, its core values are scientific rigour, dedication and participation.

The focus area of Food and Health is a major interdisciplinary research programme undertaken by the University over the five-year period 2017–2022, and it covers a range of research fields at the University. As part of this initiative, we are now recruiting a postdoctoral researchers for an important interdisciplinary research project.

This opening is for a postdoctoral researcher in medicine at the School of Medical Sciences.

Duties and responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities mainly consist of research within the project Interaction between dietary protein and fibre fermentation. The postdoctoral researcher will conduct a diet intervention study on healthy individuals. Special focus will be on how protein intake of either animal or plant source interacts with dietary fibre fermentation in the human colon and its functional consequences in terms of short chain fatty acid production, transmembrane transport and utilisation of these fatty acids as well as certain amino acids, interaction with intestinal microbiota, intestinal permeability and inflammation.

Duties and responsibilities also involve contributing to new research applications within the bounds of the research field in question.

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to spend at least three per cent of their working hours on public engagement activities. Some teaching may also be included.


Those qualified for the appointment as a postdoctoral researcher are applicants who have obtained a doctoral degree in a relevant subject or have a degree from abroad deemed to correspond to a doctoral degree. The doctoral degree shall have been awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline. If special grounds exist, candidates who have obtained their doctoral degree prior to that may also be considered. Such grounds may comprise leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical duties, an elected position in a trade union, or other similar circumstances.

To be considered for the position, expertise on food science, intestinal function, microbiology or immunology is required.

Assessment criteria

Particular importance shall be attached to the qualities enabling the candidate to contribute to the future development of both research and education. The candidate’s demonstrated ability and desire to pursue an academic career are also of significance, as are their proficiency and suitability in cooperating with other members of staff and contributing to the development of the department’s activities.

In the assessment of suitable candidates, particular attention will be paid to their experience of laboratory work within the interphase between food science and nutritional science, molecular biology with a focus on intestinal physiology and microbiota; their experience of clinical studies/good clinical practice; as well as their skills in communicating with study participants and partners within the project. Academic presentation and writing skills in English are particularly desirable. Great attention will also be paid to personal characteristics, the ability to work independently and a proven track record of cooperating well with others.


The position is for a fixed term of 18 months with possibility of extension. The starting date is as soon as possible. The salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

For more information about the position, contact Robert Brummer, email:, or Lavinia Gunnarsson, email:


The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • Covering letter
  • CV with a relevant description of overall qualifications and experience
  • An account of research qualifications
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references
  • Scientific publications for consideration (maximum of 10)

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian and Danish can be reviewed.

The application deadline is 3 December 2019. We look forward to receiving your application.

We decline any contact with advertisers or recruitment agencies in the recruitment process.

As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), Örebro University is required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.