Karolinska Institutet, Department of Women´s and Children’s Health

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

We are looking for a motivated postdoctoral candidate that will work on biophysical principles underlying health and disease.

The project will be performed at the Cell Signalling, Immunity and Nanoimaging (CSI:Nano) Lab, located at SciLifeLab and Karolinska Institute.  SciLifeLab and KI are excellent places to carry out basic biomedical research with clinical potential. Our lab is in the intersection of biology, chemistry, physics and engineering, aiming to reveal the molecular secrets of physiology and diseases. The candidate will greatly benefit from this interdisciplinary environment and unique infrastructure.

This position is initially for 2 years full-time employment with possible extension.

The proposed project will be performed in close collaboration with Petter Brodin’s lab.

Application Deadline: 6 January 2021

Interview Date of Shortlisted candidates:12 January 2021

Start Date: March/April 2021 (to be discussed)

Your mission

The postdoctoral fellow will build tools to measure the biophysical properties of healthy and disease cells in a high-throughput manner to reveal the biophysical principles potentially underlying different diseases.

The project involves:

  • building a new setup as well as using existing technologies (advanced fluorescence imaging and spectroscopy, FACS)
  • developing data analysis tools for these techniques
  • using AI tools for data analysis
  • handling human cells from healthy and disease donors
  • work in close collaboration with the other CSI:Nano lab members as well as other labs at SciLifeLab and KI

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctoral fellow 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.


  • BSc in life or natural sciences (biology, molecular biology, physics, chemistry or similar)
  • PhD in areas biophysics, biochemistry or related field
  • Expertise in Flow Cytometry technology and data analysis
  • Strong expertise in biophysics, bioimaging and membrane biology
  • Proficiency in basic cell and molecular biology techniques
  • Moreover, independent working skills, teamwork spirit and willingness to help PhD/master students are needed.


  • Expertise in optics is an advantage but not essential
  • Expertise in scientific programming is an advantage but not essential

What do we offer?

CSI:Nano Lab gives the fellows opportunity to develop and/or apply state-of-the-art imaging methodologies to solve biological mysteries. Necessary training on the advanced bioimaging technologies will be given to the fellows. CSI:Nano Lab gives the candidates opportunity to become fully independent researchers in interdisciplinary science within years.

Karolinska Institute and SciLifeLab 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.

SciLifeLab is an institution for the advancement of molecular biosciences in Sweden. It leverages the unique strengths of individual researchers across Sweden into a focused resource for the life science community. SciLifeLab provides access for thousands of researchers to the cutting-edge instrumentation and deep scientific expertise necessary to be internationally competitive in bioscience research. The facilities and expertise at SciLifeLab create a unique environment for carrying out health and environmental research at the highest level.

The postdoctoral researcher will be based at SciLifeLab Solna (www.scilifelab.se) where the working atmosphere is international with English as the working language.

Location: SciLifeLab, KI, Campus Solna

Visit CSI:Nano: https://www.csi-nano.org

Visit SciLifeLab: www.scilifelab.se

Visit SciLifeLab Facilities: http://www.scilifelab.se/facilities/alm/

Visit KBH: https://ki.se/en/kbh/department-of-womens-and-childrens-health


An employment application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  • A complete resumé, 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)

Welcome to apply at the latest January 6th 2021.

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 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 Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-4923/2020
  • Karin Björström, 08-524 823 67
  • Erdinc Sezgin, erdinc.sezgin@ki.se
Union representative
  • Bodil Moberg , OFR, 08-524 836 01
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • John Inge Johnsen , SACO, john.inge.johnsen@ki.se
Published 17.Nov.2020
Last application date 06.Jan.2021 11:59 PM CET

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