Do you want to investigate mechanisms to persistent pain?

We invite applications for a post doc position in Prof Camilla Svensson’s team that explores cellular and molecular mechanisms underlaying chronic pain states. The position will be placed in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institutet, which has a collegial, international and dynamic research environment. We offer an exciting, open, and collaborative research work environment and project, where you can make a difference.


The Postdoctoral Fellow that joins the team will be investigating pain mechanisms in fibromyalgia. The project is focused on autoantibodies and mechanisms by which they induce and sustain pain. The work will be performed using patient and healthy control liquid and tissue biopsies as well as human primary cell cultures. You will be working closely together preclinical and clinical researchers, computational biologists and biostatisticians with a mission to gain new insights to fibromyalgia pain pathology.

You will work in a creative, inspiring and vibrant research environment. You will be part of a research team that is dedicated to undertaking translational research with the ultimate goal to uncover cellular and molecular reasons behind pain chronicity and contribute to the improvement of life quality for individuals suffering from fibromyalgia

The appointment will be at the Karolinska Institutet. For more information please visit:

You will receive post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Prof Svensson, who will provide mentorship and opportunities for personal and professional development and a platform for building a future career in research.

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote a better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct cutting edge medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden


You are a creative, hardworking and enthusiastic team player. You have a PhD in immunology, neuroscience, biomedical science, or another relevant field.

You have a strong background neuroscience, immunology or neuroinflammation. Documented practical experience with animal behavioral assays and immunocytochemistry, confocal microscopy and imaging analysis and know-how of mRNA and microplate or flowcytometry based analysis are considered strong merits.

You can work independently but also have the interpersonal and communication skills to succeed at working in a multidisciplinary team. You have a deep sense of responsibility, take initiatives and have capacity and flexibility to work with researchers and students with different expertise.

You have a very good written and spoken English and is a good communicator, both when it comes to presentations and preparation of publications. You have good recommendations from previous supervisors/teachers.

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. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) start date of the post doctoral education.

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

Location: Biomedicum, Solna

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 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.

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

First day of employment Upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Reference number STÖD 2-2345/2024
  • Camilla Svensson,
Union representative
  • Helin Norberg, SACO ,
  • Niklas Andersson, ST,
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
Published 04.Jun.2024
Last application date 18.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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