Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Possibly more than 50% of the human genome codes for non-coding RNA. These RNAs are ubiquitous among all life forms and the mechanisms how non-coding RNAs regulate these cellular functions are largely unknown.

Our research group is interested in understanding how RNAs adopt their structures in order to select specific functions in a pool of RNAs. We employ different biochemical and biophysical techniques (e.g. EMSA, NMR, SHAPE), to investigate the molecular mechanism of RNA function (Nature 2012, 2015 & 2020).

Your mission

(A) The Postdoc will work on a collaborative project together with the Lab from E.R. Andersson ( and will therefore be working on an interface from molecular biology to biophysical methods. The postdoc can also contribute with her/his expertise to other projects in the lab.

(B) The Postdoc will work on a project to study RNA structure & dynamics under biological relevant conditions and establish and develop biophysical and biochemistry methods for this task.

 In general, the Postdocs will work on RNAs addressing biological/medical questions studied in the lab. You will work in a team together with other lab members and regularly present your research work in lab-meetings, seminars and at international conferences.

Your profile

To apply for the position, the applicant must have a PhD degree not older than 4 years. Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence. 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) date of employment. This must be substantiated by the applicant's main supervisor, director or equivalent.

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. This educational scholarship is tax-exempt.

We are looking for highly motivated, well organized, driven and enthusiastic persons interested in our area of research, who is ready to explore new avenues in science. The candidates should have a high degree of independence but should also show a collaborative approach to research and be able to work productively in a team. Fluency in English is a requirement (written and oral).

To qualify, the applicant for project (A) should have a background in Biochemistry or Molecular Biology of RNA with an interest in multi-disciplinary research, good at communication between different disciplines, wanting to adopt new methodology and a talent for finding unusual solutions. The applicant for project (B) should have a background in Biophysics/Structural Biology of RNA, of advantage are knowledge in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and computational aspects of biology.  

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment full of expertise and curiosity. 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 successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles to several benefits such as extended holiday and generous occupational pension. Employees also have access to our modern gym for free and receive reimbursements for medical care.

Solna Campus, Biomedicum


  • CV (max. 3 pages), including date of the thesis defense, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work, contact information of at least 2 references
  • copy of degree certificate,
  • complete publication list with links to degree project and any previous publications,
  • A summary of current work (max. 1 page), Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labor unions or student organizations, parental leave or similar circumstances,
  • a brief letter of motivation (max. ½ page).

The position is for one year with possibility of one year extension. Salary is a tax-exempt scholarship. The qualifications of the applicants will be evaluated on an overall basis. Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability and previous experience.

Welcome to apply at the latest 4th of May

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

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

Type of employment Postdoctoral scholarship
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Upon agreement
Salary Scholarship
Number of positions 2
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-1586/2020
  • Katja Petzold, +46 8 524 876 47
Union representative
  • Hongyan Xia, SACO,
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124 127
Published 30.Mar.2020
Last application date 04.May.2020 11:59 PM CEST

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