Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Research at the Institute of Environmental Medicine is carried out in four major areas: epidemiology, toxicology, physiology, environmental and occupational medicine. The institute offers an excellent international research and working environment, and has about 350 employees and associates. The institute also provides authorities in Sweden and EC as well as international organisations (e.g. WHO) with expertise on environmental health risk assessments.

The aim of the research at the unit Metals and Health is to identify toxic effects of metals in the general and in the work environment, to understand causal relationships between metal exposure and various diseases, and how susceptibility factors influence these relationships. We also study mechanisms of particle toxicity with a focus on metal and combustion-generated particles. We work both in vitro and using molecular epidemiology approaches. We now search for a postdoctoral researcher with competence in particle toxicology.   

Your mission

The successful applicant will work on toxicological studies of particles generated from combustion of renewable fuels using different in vitro models (including 3D models of the human lung). The project includes a combination of traditional toxicological assays, toxicogenomics as well as in vitro-in vivo correlations. As a postdoctoral researcher you will be involved in all steps of the project, i.e., experimental planning, data analysis, and writing manuscripts. The position is temporary for two years. 

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.

To be eligible, the candidate must have:

  • background in toxicology, biology, biochemistry or equivalent
  • experience working with in vitro models
  • excellent writing and communication skills (English) as well as ability to work in a structured way and enjoy collaborating

It is meritorious if the candidate has:

  • experience working with in vitro toxicity testing of particles and methods to characterise particles
  • expertise with in vitro 3D models
  • experience with dose calculation/extrapolation for particle exposure
  • experience or a strong interest in working with novel toxicological approaches such as RNA sequencing and bioinformatics 

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment with wide-ranging expertise and interests. 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. At KI, you get to meet researchers working with a wide range of specialisms and methods, giving you ample opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with the various scientific fields within medicine and health. It is the crossover collaborations, which have pushed KI to where it is today, at the forefront of global research. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several benefits through our collective agreement.



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.

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 According to agreement
Salary Monthly payment
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1307/2022
  • Anda Gliga, Biträdande lektor,
Union representative
  • Anne Boström, SEKO, 08-52487579,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, 08-52487419,
  • Emilie Hultin, SACO-S, 08-52483875,
Published 17.May.2022
Last application date 31.May.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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