Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Karolinska Institute offers a unique environment in which to work with innovative researchers and state-of-the-art facilities to perform pre-clinical and clinical research. We offer an engaging and international research environment where you will have the opportunity to contribute to high quality research at a leading international institution.  The role is based in the Paediatric Oncology and Paediatric Surgery division at the Department of Women's and Children's Health.

This position is aimed at preparing the candidate for a successful future career in academia. The role entails planning and running experiments, analysing data as well as preparing publication-quality figures, drafting manuscripts and applying for research grants.

Your mission

This opening is focused on skeletal growth and the mechanisms of its maintenance. The successful candidate will be expected to plan and conduct experimental research to reveal basic mechanisms relating to skeletal disorders arising from childhood cancer treatments. More specifically, duties will include collecting and analysing human tissues, maintaining a colony of mice, processing and analysing murine samples. Methodologies include confocal microscopy, histological and histochemical staining, immunofluoresence, in situ hybridisation and RNAseq. The candidate is expected to drive their project forward and actively follow the scientific literature.

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence. It is considered as 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.

We are looking for an enthusiastic person with a curious mind who is passionate about furthering human knowledge and health through scientific research. You must be highly motivated and detail-oriented.

The successful candidate should:

  • hold a PhD in molecular or cellular biology, biochemistry, bioengineering or a very closely-related discipline
  • be structured and responsible
  • have an inquisitive mentality
  • enjoy working as part of a team
  • be fluent in written and spoken English
  • have expertise in standard techniques of molecular biology and cell biology

Expertise in at least one of the following areas is required

  • experience of working with stem cells in an in vivo setting
  • practical experience of working with cartilage tissues
  • a knowledge of childhood cancer therapies

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.


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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 Enligt överrenskommelse
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1449/2022
  • Phillip Newton, Principal researcher,
  • Sabina Brinkley, HR-partner, 08-52482380
Union representative
  • Bodil Moberg , OFR, 08-52483601
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • John Inge Johnsen , SACO,
Published 01.Apr.2022
Last application date 14.Apr.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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