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 host-pathogen interactions.

The project will be performed at the Cell Signalling, Immunity and Nanoimaging (CSI:Nano) Lab, located at SciLifeLab and Karolinska Institutet. 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.

The proposed project will be performed in close collaboration with various labs interested in different aspects of host-pathogen interactions, including Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz Lab, Erik Lindahl Lab, Oscar Fernandez-Capetillo Lab, Gerald McInerney Lab, Simon Elsaesser Lab, Claudia Fredolini and Volker Lauschke Lab.

This position is for 2 years full-time employement.

Your mission

The postdoctoral fellow will build membrane and single molecule tools to study host-pathogen interactions.

The project involves:

  • generating model membrane mimics of host cells
  • building a new setup as well as using existing technologies (advanced fluorescence imaging and spectroscopy, FACS)
  • developing data analysis tools for these techniques
  • handling cells
  • 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 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.


  • BSc in life or natural sciences (biology, molecular biology, physics, chemistry or similar)
  • PhD in areas biophysics, biochemistry, virology or related field
  • 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
  • Expertise in scientific programming is an advantage

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 better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles employees to several benefits such as extended holiday and a generous occupational pension. Employees also have free access to our modern gym 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 where the working atmosphere is international with English as the working language.

Location: 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 brief letter describing why you want work with us and how you can contribute to the existing knowledge in the lab (no more than one page)
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)
  • Names of three references

Welcome to apply at the latest April 7th 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
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1522/2021
  • Karin Björström, HR-partner, 08-524 823 67
  • Erdinc Sezgin, erdinc.sezgin@ki.se
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Bodil Moberg , OFR, 08-524 836 01
  • John Inge Johnsen , SACO, john.inge.johnsen@ki.se
Published 19.Mar.2021
Last application date 07.Apr.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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