Job ID: 116671

4 year postdoc on how the brain regulates food intake

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 31 October 2023

City: Umeå

Country: Sweden

Institution: Umeå University



Lagerlöf Lab at Umeå University in Sweden is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to study how the brain regulates food intake. It is a four year position and it starts in November 2023 or by agreement.


At Umeå University you will experience an attractive and creative academic and research environment that is characterised by excellence, innovation, openness and diversity. We rank among the top universities in the world and are committed to providing our employees with unique opportunities for professional and personal development. More than 2000 researchers and 34 700 students have chosen Umeå University already. You are welcome too!


Project description

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow excited to study how the brain regulates feeding behavior. Our group approaches feeding behavior on a molecular, neuronal circuit and behavioral level. We are particularly interested in how the brain integrates emotions, memory and metabolic signaling to encode mental states such as hunger and satiety. As postdoctoral fellow in our group you will have the opportunity to lead projects uncovering novel mechanisms by which the brain influences what we eat and how such mechanisms can be used to treat unhealthy eating habits and eating disorders like anorexia nervosa. Different projects include molecular mechanisms, imaging, mapping and manipulating neuronal circuits in rodents. If interested, it will be possible to develop your own research plan. We believe in fostering an environment where everyone enjoys the support, freedom and ability to answer the big questions in neuroscience. We want to support your career and help you take the next step towards your goals.



We seek people excited about the brain and how it makes us feel, think and behave. Experience of animal behavior, biochemistry, molecular biology, stereotactic injections, neurocircuit mapping and in vivo imaging is meritorious. Eligible are those that hold a Ph.D. in neuroscience, biochemistry or a related field. Ph.D. students within 3 months of degree certification are encouraged to apply; their degree need to be finalized before acceptance can be given.


Terms of employment

It is a four year position with an evaluation after two years. Full social benefits are included and the salary is competitive.


To apply

The application should be submitted as one single document in Word or PDF.


The application should include:

  1.                Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover letter describing your research interests, why you want to join us, how you can contribute to the lab and project and your career plans after the fellowship ends
  3. Publication list
  4. Copies of relevant degree certificates
  5. Two reference letters


Your complete application, marked with reference number FS 2.1.6-1894-23 should be sent to (with reference number on the subject line). The closing date is 31 October 2023.


Further information

For further information about the project and fellowship contact assistant professor Olof Lagerlöf at




We look forward to your application!