Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research? 

Join us in developing education of the highest quality

The applicant will be recruited as KIRI postdoc fellow, KI Research Incubator (KIRI) is created by the Committee for Research KI for a dynamic environment to strengthen innovative research collaborations with a focus on interdisciplinary breakthroughs. Therefore, this applicant will work in two labs of KIRI fellows: Qiaolin Deng, Associate professor, Dept. Physiology and Pharmacology, Georgios Sotiriou, Associate professor, Dept. Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology.

The research project for this position focuses on development of cell-type specific nanoparticles to prevent fetal programming by dysfunctional placentas. Fetal programming also known as developmental origins of health and disease, proposes that early exposure to suboptimal conditions in utero translates into adverse health outcomes in later life. In particular, this project focusses on the roles of gene regulation of placenta function exposed to glucose intolerance using mouse models and human samples. Moreover, human placental organoids will be used for cell-type specific nanoparticles engineering. The applicant will work in two labs that have strong expertise in required skills and also have the opportunity to develop new techniques that required for the project.

The laboratory is located at Biomedicum on the Karolinska Institute campus in Stockholm, offering an attractive research environment, provides state-of-the-art instrumentation and core facilities, It hosts research groups with diverse backgrounds and expertise, creating a unique interface between basic biology, genomics, bioengineering, drug discovery, and translational medicine. More important, KIRI postdoc fellow will have chance to interact with other KIRI postdoc fellows, KIRI fellows and participate in the yearly KIRI scientific retreat.  More info about KIRI see


Your mission

The successful applicant will develop and integrate novel nanomedicine targeted to placentas. The work implies original research in molecular biology, mouse physiology, in vitro organoid culturing to infer underlying molecular mechanisms. The postdoc will take a strong lead in the bionanoparticle design and engineering, and collaborate with other team members from both labs. The ideal candidate is expected to report the scientific results by writing scientific papers, attending scientific meetings, and effectively communicate with peers. The ability to work in a highly interdisciplinary and international environment, and to engage in continuous professional development is a must.

Key responsibilities:

Project leadership and project student supervision Master and further develop research ideas and methodologies Analysis, management, communication and publishing of research findings Active participations in academic research activities Presenting at national and international scientific meetings

Your profile

To be eligible for employment as a postdoctor a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree is required. This eligibility requirement must be fulfilled at the latest at the time of the employment decision. 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.

We are looking for an individual with a PhD in molecular biology, or developmental biology, and with skills preferably in more than one of the following areas: organoid culture, mouse genetics, and biomaterial engineering. Previous experience with mouse animal work is also desirable and appropriate certificate for mouse animal work (FELASA C or equivalent) is a merit. Excellent English oral and writing skills is a requirement.

The ideal candidate should be collaborative, scientifically adventurous, curiosity-driven, and should bring independent and original ideas into the project. Any previous records of independent research as well as productive interactions within a multi-disciplinary team environment are advantageous. The applicant should be eager to learn new concepts and acquire new skills. The applicant should have good communication skills, be proficient in spoken and written English.

To make informal enquiries about the post, please contact and

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. 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. Several of the people you meet in healthcare are educated at KI. A close relationship with the health care providers is important for creating groundbreaking top quality education and research. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several benefits through our collective agreement.

Location: Solna Campus, Biomedicum


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)
  • Contact information of two references, recommendation letters are also welcome.

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 2-369/2023
  • Qiaolin Deng, head of section,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Helin Norberg, SACO,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 26.Jan.2023
Last application date 25.Feb.2023 11:59 PM CET

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