Do you want to investigate mechanisms leading to persistent pain?

We invite applications for a joint post doc position in Prof Camilla Svensson’s team that explores cellular and molecular mechanisms underlaying chronic pain states. The position will be placed in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institutet, which has a collegial, international and dynamic research environment. The Svensson lab is part the Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM) located on the premises of the Karolinska Hospital. We offer an exciting, open, and collaborative research work environment and project, where you can make a difference.

Your mission

The Postdoctoral Fellow that joins the team will be investigating pain mechanisms in rheumatic conditions. The project is focused on rheumatoid arthritis-associated autoantibodies and mechanisms by which they induce and sustain pain. The work will be performed in vitro as using primary cultures of neurons, satellite glial cells and osteoclasts as well as in vivo by undertaking behavioral pharmacological studies using animal models. You will be working closely together preclinical and clinical researchers and biostatisticians with a mission to increase our ability to study pain from a translational perspective.

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who have a PhD in immunology, neuroscience, biomedical science, or another relevant field 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.

You are a creative, hardworking and enthusiastic team player. You have a strong background neuroscience, immunology or neuroinflammation. Documented practical experience with primary cell cultures, immunocytochemistry, mRNA analysis and animal behavioral assessment are considered strong merits.

You can work independently but also have the interpersonal and communication skills to succeed at working in a multidisciplinary team. You have a deep sense of responsibility, take initiatives and have capacity and flexibility to work with researchers and students with different expertise.

You have a very good written and spoken English and is a good communicator, both when it comes to presentations and preparation of publications. You have good recommendations from previous supervisors/teachers.

What do we offer?

We offer a postdoctoral position for one year, with the possibility of extending the position. You will work in a creative, inspiring and vibrant research environment. You will be part of a research team that is dedicated to undertaking translational research with the ultimate goal to uncover cellular and molecular reasons behind pain chronicity and contribute to the improvement of life quality for individuals suffering from fibromyalgia.
The appointment will be at the Karolinska Institutet. For more information please visit:

You will receive post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Prof Svensson, who will provide mentorship and opportunities for personal and professional development and a platform for building a future career in research.

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 cutting edge medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden.

Location: Solna



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)
  • A letter of motivation

In assessing candidates we will place emphasis o personal trajectory, education, personal and technical skills, CV, merits and previous experience as well as on personal qualities.

Welcome to apply!

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 Upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1846/2022
  • Camilla Svensson, Professor,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Helin Norberg, SACO,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 06.May.2022
Last application date 20.May.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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