Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) conducts world leading research in aging, dementia, epidemiology and care sciences. This research extends from basic molecular and cell levels to clinical research and societal studies. NVS educates almost a third of KI students at basic and advanced levels. The Department has approximately 520 employees and a revenue 2021 of 483 million SEK. It comprises seven divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

The Division of Clinical Geriatric, with over 100 employed and affiliated researchers are located both in Neo, Campus Flemingsberg and in the Q-building in Solna. We conduct research focusing on cognitive impairment, dementia, and other aging related disorders, and education, among other medical graduates. Our research is multi-faceted and is in close collaboration with leading institutions and clinics worldwide. The research is clinically oriented with an emphasis on diagnosis, prevention and treatment. The division has a close cooperation with the Medical Unit Aging within Theme Inflammation and Aging at Karolinska University Hospital.

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Research group

The postdoctoral researcher will be working in the research group of Professor Agneta Nordberg Translational Molecular Imaging Lab which consists of a multi-disciplinary team of experienced researchers and clinicians working at the forefront of translational dementia research. Our research group has a translational approach using in vitro and in vivo molecular brain imaging techniques, and our aim is to characterize the complex pathophysiological features of neurodegenerative diseases, with a strong focus on AD but also other proteinopathies, in order to develop new early diagnostic markers and new drug targets for early intervention in disease process.


We are inviting applications for the position of postdoctoral researcher (scholarship) in the area translational molecular imaging with a strong focus to understanding the role of different pathological hallmarks (Amyloid, Tau, astrocytes, synaptic loss) in the pathogenesis of AD and other dementia disorders. The position will give you the opportunity to work on different clinically relevant projects aligned with the goals of the research group. The project will be focused on evaluating and characterizing novel PET tracers using in vitro radioligand binding assay on brain homogenate and cell lines as well as autoradiography on large brain sections. The project will also involve cell culture, immunohistochemistry and biochemical studies.

The duties will involve day to day lab work, compilation of data and manuscripts writing for publication, participating and presenting progress updates in internal group meetings, division’s PhD/Postdoc seminars and journal club and also at national/international conferences when required.

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.

We are looking for someone who has research and lab experience in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia disorders as well as hand on expertise in immunohistochemistry, cell culture and other biochemical techniques. Previous experience with in vitro radioligand binding studies will be advantageous. The candidate should be self-motivated, with a strong interest in research, and able to work both independently as well as being a good team player with excellent communication skills in English (written and verbal). The candidate should be reliable, detail-oriented and collaborative, and with an ability to work without requiring extensive training or the need for close supervision. Experience of work in international research laboratories is appreciated.

Location: Flemingsberg

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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Type of employment Postdoctoral scholarship
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
City Flemingsberg
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2237/2021
  • Agneta Nordberg, 070-510 76 85
  • Johanna Lundblad, 08-524 868 35
Union representative
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO, 08-524 835 29
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 06.May.2021
Last application date 01.Jun.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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