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PhD student position in neurobiology at Stockholm University

Posted by , on 19 January 2021

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

PhD student position in neurobiology at Stockholm University at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute. 

Research at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute (MBW) experimentally addresses fundamental problems in molecular cell biology, integrative biology, and infection and immunobiology. State-of-the art and advanced methodologies are applied in a professional research environment characterized by its well-established international profile. The institute has 30 research groups with a research staff of 170, of which 60 are PhD students. Read more about MBW at

Project description

This doctoral student position is available in the laboratory headed by Associate Professor Qi Dai. The Dai lab exploits the combination of molecular, genetic and genomic approaches to gain mechanistic insights on how cell fates are specified. The project aims to uncover novel regulatory mechanisms controlled by chromatin and transcription factors during neural cell fate decisions in the developing mouse brain. Candidates with strong background at molecular genetics, developmental biology and biochemistry are welcome to apply.

Qualification requirements
Graduate studies in molecular biosciences requires a completed university degree at an advanced level or at least 240 credits of university education (240 hp in the Swedish universities), including at least 120 hp at the bachelor level in molecular biology, biology, chemistry or similar subject. Candidates should have successfully completed courses at the advanced level in molecular biosciences or equivalent subject (at least 60 hp), of which at least 30 hp represent independent research project work. Candidates who have other documented qualifications, obtained in Sweden or elsewhere, that are judged to provide equivalent knowledge are also qualified.

The selection among the eligible candidates will primarily be based on the ability to obtain education at the research level. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates’ documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. Experience in mouse genetics, biochemical and genomic approaches will be an asset. The assessment will be based on previous experience, grades and publication record, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position.

Terms of employment

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Further information about the position can be obtained from Qi Dai, telephone: +46 8 16 4149,

This is a non-official advertisement. The documents for initial application should be sent directly to

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details
  • Your highest degree
  • Your English language skills
  • Contact details for 3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter in which you explain why you are interested in the project described in the advertisement and what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (optional, referees’ contact details are required instead)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files).

You are welcome to apply!

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