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This post-doctoral position (scholarship) will be placed at the Department of Oncology-Pathology at KI. At our department, basic, translational and clinical research and educational activities related to cancer are carried out. Approximately 300 people from over 40 nations are currently working at the department. About 30 research groups with various cancer research profiles are involved and we have around 110 PhD students. The Department of Oncology-Pathology is responsible for undergraduate courses in Pathology, Oncology and Forensic Medicine for medical students, as well as for Tumor biology courses for biomedicine students and Pathology courses for opticians. The team led by the main supervisor Hanna Eriksson (MD, PhD) is focusing on clinical and translational melanoma research. The candidate will have immediate access to a collaborative network of translational researchers and clinicians working in the field.


We are looking for a postdoc who is curious and eager to solve biological questions with focus on translational melanoma research. Specifically, we are interested in understanding how the inflammatory response in the tumor microenvironment affects tumor progression and response to melanoma therapies.

The current position offers outstanding opportunities to develop as a researcher in an innovative and stimulating research environment by combining, together with a dedicated group of scientists and clinicians where the postdoc will contribute with her/his expertise.

To fulfil these aims, the postdoc will work on clinical specimens from melanoma patients as well as with cell lines and mouse models. The research project is therefore performed in close collaboration between the clinic and KI. The focus will be on applying gene expression models on biologically/clinically oriented research questions and to analyze the acquired data as well as to validate the findings using public domain data. This includes cell- and molecular wet-lab experimental methods as well as investigating new strategies and solutions for the developing these methods.

Entry requirements

Do you have a strong affinity for translational medicine and a strong background in molecular biology and genomic techniques? Do you enjoy fast-paced collaborative science and working with people from different cultures and backgrounds? Are you genuinely interested in contributing to helping patients by conducting rigorous experiments and data analyses? Are you meticulous, attentive to detail and self-critical? Then you are the right person!

Prior experience with various NGS techniques (e.g., RNA-seq, whole-exome sequencing, targeted sequencing) and familiarity with the bioinformatics tools required to analyze their data, as demonstrated by leading authorship(s) on papers published in authoritative, peer-reviewed journals is a pre-requisite. Prior work in the field of cancer genomics is desirable but not indispensable.

The successful candidate must hold a master’s degree in medicine, biomedicine, biotechnology or equivalent and a PhD in the field of genomic technologies (incl. single-cell genomics) and/or cancer genomics.

 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.


  • PhD in biology, medicine, biomedicine, or another relevant field.
  • Documented experience in of cell- and molecular wet-lab experimental methods including gene expression analysis.
  • Knowledge of systems biology/systems medicine, large-scale data analysis, integration and visualization.
  • Knowledge in statistical methods.
  • Ability to interpret data in a biological context.
  • Excellent communication and team work skills
  • Fluent in English language.

Additional merits

Since the position involves close interaction with several researchers, emphasis is placed on personal skills such as:

Very good collaborative skills Excellent communication skills and analytical skills Curious and eager to solve biological questions 

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 on April 1st at the latest. 

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First day of employment As per agreement
Reference number STÖD 2-1018/2022
  • Hanna Eriksson,
Union representative
  • Andreas Lundqvist, SACO & Nick Tobin, SACO,,
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Helen Eriksson, OFR,
Published 04.Mar.2022
Last application date 11.Apr.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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