Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för mikrobiologi, tumör- och cellbiologi, Engstrand, CTMR

Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) at Karolinska Institutet conducts research and teaching in immunology, infection biology, cell biology and cancer. MTC has about 430 active employees, including 81 PhD students, 77 postdoctoral researchers and 32 professors. Key words are multidisciplinary, bridging, translational, national and international collaborations.


The CTMR started in January 2016 as a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The center builds on a deep understanding of translational microbiome research and has established a broad technical, biological, clinical and epidemiological platform for studying complex microbiological communities in well-defined human materials. A part of the infrastructure at Karolinska Institutet is established within the Clinical Genomics facility at SciLifeLab with access to high-throughput next-generation sequencing capacity. The collaboration forms a solid foundation for understanding the contribution of the microbiome to normal physiology and pathophysiology and opens opportunities for development of novel therapies to address gastroenterology, reproductive health and neonatology.

The Center aims at creating a scientific translational environment with a broad interdisciplinary approach to the interface between clinical epidemiology and the microbiological, immunological and genetic aspects of the human microbiome and its association to health and disease.

Juan Du’s laboratory at CTMR focuses on vaginal and oral microbiome studies as well as bacteriophage as a tool to shape microbiota systems. Immunity response studies are also carried out to understand microbe-host interactions.


The student is expected to play a major role in bioinformatics analysis, scientific hypothesis, experiments, presentation of results and manuscript preparation. The candidate will work on several projects regarding roles of microbiota in cancer development, women health as well as phage therapy targeting microbiota. The projects involve bioinformatics work and a range of microbiology and molecular biology techniques in the field of women infections and health, including bacterial phage, microbiota culture and analysis.

Entry requirements
A person is eligible for a position as Postdoctoral Researcher if he or she has obtained a PhD no more than seven years before the last date of employment as postdoc. The term can be extended under special circumstances.

We are seeking highly motivated students who have a background in bioinformatics and a strong interest in microbiota and related research. Previous research experience related to tumor biology and microbiota are considered as an advantage. The applicants should have good communication skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in a team of scientists. Emphasis will be placed on documented ability and previous experience in laboratory work. Excellent skills in speech and writing, including scientific writing in English are required.

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

  1. 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
  2. A complete list of publications
  3. A summary of current work (no more than one page)
  4. Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances

The application is to be submitted through the MyNetwork recruitment system.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-3533/2017
  • Juan Du, postdoc, Juan.du@ki.se
Union representative
  • Nasrin Bavand-Chobot, OFR, Nasrin.Bavand@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Daisy Hjelmqvist, SACO, daisy.hjelmqvist@ki.se
Published 18.Jul.2017
Last application date 08.Aug.2017 11:59 PM CET

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