Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions in the group of Joanna Rorbach at the Division of Molecular Metabolism, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. The positions can be offered as postdoctoral scholarship or temporary employment. 

Division of Molecular Metabolism

The Division of Molecular Metabolism (,, is located in Biomedicum, Solna campus of Karolinska Institutet. The research at the division aims at understanding the regulation of mitochondrial function and the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in disease. The current research encompasses biochemical and genetic studies of patients with inherited diseases as well as basic scientific approaches to understand the regulation of mtDNA expression and other aspects of mitochondrial metabolism.

The Division of Molecular Metabolism offers an outstanding research environment and a close interaction between basic science, clinical science and diagnostics at the Centre for Inherited Metabolic Diseases (CMMS) at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. Excellent access to the most advanced resources in structural, molecular and cell biology is available at the Institute and at the national core facilities at the Science for Life Laboratory (

Research background

Mitochondria are sub-cellular organelles essential for eukaryotic cell function, and their dysfunction has been implicated in a variety of hereditary diseases, ageing, cancer and immunity. The correct expression of mitochondrial DNA is essential for mitochondrial function. The aim of studies in Rorbach group is to identify the pathways and factors important to human diseases and improve our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of mitochondrial function. We employ diverse model systems and multidisciplinary approaches to address these questions, including cryo-EM, high-throughput gene targeting, proteomics and RNASeq-based ribosome profiling. For future information, visit

or contact Dr Joanna Rorbach, e-mail:

Your profile

Enthusiastic and motivated applicants should have a strong background in structural and/or molecular biology. Specific experience in mitochondrial biology is an advantage, given the nature of the research, but is not a requirement. The successful applicant should be knowledgeable of biological advancements, demonstrate a promising publication record, and have a rigorous scientific approach. The candidate should be able to work independently and interactively in a team and collaborative settings, as our research group collaborates with several international laboratories.

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.

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.

Biomedicum, Solna Campus


An employment application must contain the following documents in English:

  1. A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defense, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  2. A complete list of publications
  3. A personal motivation letter, explaining your research interest (no more than one page)
  4. Two references (name and contact information)

Welcome to apply at the latest 2023-02-20.

Extended application time until 2023-03-10

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 Scholarship or Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-399/2023
  • Joanna Rorbach, +46(0)8-52486693
Published 27.Jan.2023
Last application date 10.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

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