Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, MIR

A postdoctoral position with scholarship for the first 2 years, in a project to develop a new vaccine for rheumatoid arthritis is now open. This position is placed at the Section for Medical Inflammation Research, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden.

Section for Medical Inflammation Research is searching for a postdoc to work in a project aiming to develop new vaccines for autoimmune diseases led by Prof. Rikard Holmdahl. The task is to investigate how tolerance to cartilage specific proteins are mediated and more specifically the mechanism of action of developed vaccines.

The project
The project aims to understand etiologic and regulatory autoimmune mechanisms of importance for development of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. The work is mainly based on studies on animal models including an established set of genetically modified and humanized strain suitable for the project. Using these models new vaccines will be validated and their mechanisms of action analyzed in detail. It will also include translating the findings to human samples and comparing the data with results from clinical testing.
The overall goal is to develop new vaccines to prevent and cure rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. The aim is to publish the results in leading international journals.

To qualify, the applicant must hold a PhD in medicine or biological science with experience in practical laboratory work. Conducting animal experiments is a requirement. A deep knowledge in immunology is also a requirement and a basic understanding of bioinformatics and statistical methods is needed. Fluency in spoken and written English is a must.

Entry requirements
Scholarships for postdoctoral qualification can be established for foreign researchers who place their qualifications in Sweden. The purpose of scholarships for postdoctoral qualification is to promote internationalization and contribute to research qualification after a doctorate or equivalent.
A scholarship for carrying out postdoctoral research can be granted for a maximum of two years within a four year period following the receipt of a doctoral degree or equivalent.
To be eligible for a postdoctoral scholarship, the person must have obtained a doctorate or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctorate.

The head of the department determines whether their previous training and scholarly qualifications correspond to a Swedish doctorate or higher.

Type of scholarship
The amount is tax free and it is set for twelve months at a time, paid out on a six months basis. In exceptional cases, shorter periods may be acceptable.

Application process
An employment application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  • A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)

The application is to be submitted on the Varbi recruitment system.

Type of employment Postdoctoral scholarship
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-2761/2019
  • Rikard Holmdahl, +46 8-524 846 07
Union representative
  • Anne Edgren, OFR/S, P, O, 08-524 87570
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
Published 07.May.2019
Last application date 21.May.2019 11:59 PM CET