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Postdoctoral fellowship (2 years) in mass spectrometry for biomarker discovery

The Department of Chemistry is offering a postdoctoral scholarship within the project “Urine biomarkers for pregnancy in dogs”. The scholarship is full-time for two years with access October 1st, 2022 or by agreement.

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Umeå University has around 200 employees. We are a strong partner within the Chemical Biological Centre where the Swedish Metabolomics Centre and other state-of-the art facilities are located. By offering a broad range of cutting-edge mass spectrometry capabilities in the context of research in life science and medicine, this interdisciplinary environment facilitates collaborative efforts of the highest standard. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020 was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier who was active at Umeå University when the CRISPR-Cas9 method was developed.

Project description

The goal of healthy dog breeding is to safeguard the reproductive health of the dog and maintain a healthy breed. One shortcoming in veterinary science today is the complete lack of pregnancy test for dogs that can be performed at home by the dog owner or breeder. In this project (funded by the Kempe foundations) you will study new methods for identification of urine biomarkers that can be used to confirm pregnancy in the bitch. You will use LC-MS/MS for detection of lipid mediators (e.g. oxylipins, isoprostanes, eicosanoids) and other compounds that are involved in pregnancy, and expand the current panel of analytes for application to urine and blood samples collected from dogs. The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and veterinarians at Umeå University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the University Animal Hospital in Uppsala. 

The fellowship is for two years, starting October 1st, 2022 or according to agreement. The tax-free stipend is 312 000 SEK per year and funded by the Kempe foundations.


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.

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 to the decision about scholarship holder. 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.


A good command of the English language, both written and spoken, is required. 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. For the current fellowship, candidates with a PhD with a focus on mass spectrometry analysis of biological samples and a documented experience in LC-MS/MS quantification of small molecules and related topics will be prioritized. Experience with metabolomics or proteomics and analysis of large datasets (e.g., programming skills in R or Python) are meritorious.


A full application should include:

  • Cover letter,
  • CV with publication list,
  • Verified copy of doctoral degree certificate,
  • Contact information to two persons willing to act as references,
  • Other documents that the applicant wishes to claim.

The application should be written in English (preferably) or Swedish. Your complete application, marked with reference number FS 2.1.6-1312-22, should be sent electronically (in PDF format) to (with reference number on the subject line). The closing date is September 1st, 2022.

Further details are provided by Dr. Malin L. Nording,

Welcome with your application!