Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a department at Karolinska Institutet and an interdisciplinary research institution within the broad field of environmental medicine. IMM conducts research within the areas of environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology, physiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics with the aim to clarify how environmental and lifestyle factors affect our health and which role genes have. 

The mission at the Unit of Systems Toxicology is to perform top quality research to understand how different environmental exposures affect human wellbeing, focusing on the impact of chemicals, allergens and microbes on epithelial barrier function and immunity. We work with human cohorts, experimental models and different omics analysis.

The two-year (100 %) position is available from May 1st 2022 in the research group of Professor Harri Alenius at the Unit of Systems toxicology. 

Your mission

The employment has a focus on research. The postdoctor will conduct research within several projects, focusing on the impact of host-microbiome interplay during immune homeostasis and dysregulation, using human data and data from experimental models. The main task of the postdoctor will be bioinformatics analysis of 16S and metagenomic data and their integration with environmental exposure data, clinical data and other OMICs layers.

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has an PhD in a relevant area (microbiology, computer science, or other relevant area). It is considered an advantage if you have completed your doctoral degree within the last three years, if there are special reasons, your degree may have been completed earlier. 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

It is meritorious to have a strong experience in microbial bioinformatics – especially in the analysis of 16S and/or metagenomics sequencing. Advanced use of R is mandatory, and candidates should also have publications in peer-reviewed journals in the field of microbiology, immunology or other related fields. Previous experience of analysis of other OMICs types (e.g. RNA-seq, Single-Cell seq and metabolomics) is considered an advantage.

Candidates should be highly motivated, independent, and have strong communication skills. Excellent ability to write scientific articles and communicate in English is required. The candidate is expected to cooperate in national and international networks. Therefore, a background of working in networks of researchers and international research experience is considered an advantage.

What do we offer?

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.



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)

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

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly payment
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-955/2022
  • Harri Alenius, professor,
Union representative
  • Anne Boström, SEKO,, 08-52487579,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, 08-52487419,
  • Anda Gliga, SACO-S,
Published 01.Apr.2022
Last application date 20.Apr.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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