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The Department of Oncology-Pathology at Karolinska Institutet conducts basic, translational and clinical research and educational activities related to cancer. The position is placed in the research laboratory of Rolf Kiessling. 


The applicant will be employed by the Cancer Research Funds of Radiumhemmet but associated with and located at Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet. The main objectives of this Department are basic, translational and clinical research and educational activities related to cancer. Approximately 300 people from over 40 nations are currently working at the Department. 35 research groups with various cancer research profiles are involved and we have around 100 PhD students. 


The projects involve the development of human T cell technologies and explore T cell repertoires in cancer patients, with the aim of developing novel immunotherapies against cancer.

Entry requirements

The position will be supported as a postdoctoral scholarship or a postdoctoral salary. 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 postdoctoral education. The head of the Department determines whether their previous training and scholarly qualifications correspond to a Swedish doctorate or higher.

If an applicant fulfills the requirements for a postdoctoral position but does not qualify for a scholarship and is highly qualified for the position, the possibility of hiring the applicant on a postdoctoral salary position will be considered.

Other requirements

We are looking for a highly motivated person with a strong background in immunology. The applicant must show verified skills particularly in in tumor immunology and immunotherapy of cancer and methodological expertise with a focus on human cellular immunology research. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills and an ability to interact effectively and work within a team. Fluency in English is a requirement.

Location: The position is placed in the research group of  Rolf Kiessling at department of Oncology-Pathology, BioClinicum, Karolinska Institutet.

Type of employment

If a scholarship employment, 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.

If a salary employment, details of salary will be decided based on the qualifications of the applicant.

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.

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First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Semi-annualy stipend or monthly salary
Reference number STÖD 2-3500/2022
  • Rolf Kiessling,
Union representative
  • Per Hydbring, SACO/Nick Tobin, SACO,
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Helen Eriksson, OFR,
Published 07.Sep.2022
Last application date 23.Sep.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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