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Margaret Sällberg Chen’s research group, research theme - Infection, Inflammation and Immunology.

Area of responsibilities/description of work
This postdoctoral research position is immediately available in the research group of Dr. Margaret Sällberg Chen. The position is for a scientist with background in disease conditions associated with dysfunctional oral microbiota. The candidate will be part of a research team that aims at understanding new mechanistic insights of in patients suffering from diseases related to infection or microbiota dysfunction and microbial translocation. The work comprises monitoring of microbiome/metabolome dynamics to study interactions between oral microbiota and pathological reactions including cancer. Disease-specific markers will be investigated to develop diagnostic methods and individualized therapeutic strategies to improve human health.

The post doctoral fellows to be recruited to the project will be part of a multidisciplinary team and are expected to take active part in collaborative efforts, in line with the overall aims of this project. The studies will require methodological skills - from handling of human biopsy/biofluid to RNA/DNA purification quality controls for sequencing and metabolomics analysis. The project is suitable for highly motivated researchers in molecular life sciences, especially those who have already knowledge of NGS bioinformatics workflow and resources.

To qualify the applicant must hold a doctoral degree or a foreign qualification equivalent to a doctorate. A PhD in life science or medical science on molecular biology, microbiology or infection is preferred. In addition to methodological skills, proven interactive experiences with clinical and bioinformatics collaborators is also required. He or she should have excellent organisational competence, writing and presentation skills. Applicants must have excellent communication skills in English.

Entry requirements
Scholarships for carrying out postdoctoral research may be granted to persons living in other countries who come to Sweden with the intention of only staying in Sweden for all or part of their postdoctoral education at KI. Persons who are resident in Sweden and/or have carried out all or part of their academic education at KI or some other educational institution in Sweden cannot be considered for scholarships from KI.

Type of scholarship
Karolinska Institutet awards scholarships to pursue postdoctoral studies.  This educational scholarship, which is paid for a maximum of two years within four years after the receipt of a PhD or the equivalent, is tax-exempt.

The amount is set for twelve months at a time and is paid out on a monthly basis. In exceptional cases, shorter periods may be acceptable.

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

  • Curriculum vitae and qualifications – a complete CV, including date of thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current positions, distinctions, student supervision and committee work.
  • A complete list of publications
  • A motivation letter
  • Contact information of two references or recommendation letters.
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)
  • Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances
  • Verification from the thesis defence committee or the equivalent (only if the thesis defence is scheduled within three months after the application deadline)

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

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Scholarship
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-2975/2016
  • Associate professor Margaret Sällberg Chen, +48-8-524 881 25
Union representative
  • Björn Appelgren, SACO, +46 707 166 700
  • Ingrid Blomberg, Seko, +46 8-524 880 68
  • Inga-Lill Tillgren, OFR, +46 8-524 881 74
Published 14.Jul.2016
Last application date 10.Aug.2016 11:59 PM CET

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