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The Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) at Karolinska Institutet conducts research and teaching within immunology, infection biology, cell biology and cancer. MTC have about 40 research groups and our key words are multidisciplinary, bridging, national and international collaborations


The research group of Dr Lisa Westerberg seeks a Postdoc (computational/experimental) in the field of computational Immunology to study immunodeficiency diseases and lymphoma. The Westerberg lab has a long track record in deciphering molecular mechanism for development of severe immunodeficiency diseases in children ( Ongoing research in the Westerberg lab is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms for development of immunodeficiency diseases with high incidence of lymphoma. The Westerberg lab uses a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach, working closely with research groups at KI, Karolinska University Hospital, Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab), and with international research groups. Patient samples are obtained from national and international collaborators.


As a Westerberg lab member, you will perform studies of immune cells from patient samples, patient derived cell lines, gene edited cell lines, and animal models to examine how lymphocytes are affected by monogenetic mutations. Knowledge in mutations that affect the cell cytoskeleton in the cytoplasm and in the nucleus is an advantage. Knowledge using in silcio structural modeling of patient mutations will also be of advantage. The project is focused on identifying molecular and cellular alterations of patients´ lymphocytes. We aim to recruit an independent and motivated person who can set up and maintain workflows by implementing or adapting existing methods of the Westerberg lab.

As a Postdoc you will be part of a multidisciplinary and collaborative research team active within the fields of immunodeficiency disease, lymphocyte biology, and lymphoma. The Westerberg lab investigates immunodeficiency diseases and lymphoma using state of the art immunological technology including molecular biology tools such as CRISPR/Cas and AAV gene editing to generate patient mutations, advanced flow cytometry and microscopy, Omics approaches, and usage of both patient samples and experimental models. These efforts aim to map key molecular events that contribute to the disease pathogenesis of immunodeficiencies and lymphoma and to drive the development of precision medicine.

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: 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.

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First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Scholarship
Reference number STÖD 2-1002/2023
  • Lisa Westerberg,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling,
  • Carina Ekelund,
  • Taher Darreh-Shori,
Published 06.Mar.2023
Last application date 19.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

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