Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Division of Infectious Diseases performs research and education in close collaboration with the Karolinska University Hospital. The research teams address a wide range of infectious diseases using clinical, epidemiological and experimental approaches.

The newly established Hanke research team is interested in emerging and re-emerging viruses. We combine functional analysis and structural approaches to study viruses and the immune responses against them. Our work aims to understand fundamental molecular aspects of infection and has implications for vaccine design and the rational development of antivirals

Your mission

The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in our ongoing efforts to improve the understanding of the early phase of RNA virus infections, including viral entry and replication. We are developing nanobodies to control, block, monitor and manipulate the targeted protein(s), which gives us a unique perspective to examine the underlying molecular processes. This work requires a creative approach to incorporate the nanobodies into various techniques and assays, as well as develop new methods to extract more biological information and use the nanobodies for a growing list of biomedical applications. Our overall aim is to deepen our knowledge of RNA viruses, which will ultimately help us improve treatment and prevention options.

Your profile

We are looking for a talented, highly motivated postdoctoral researcher interested in infectious disease, virology, and/or protein engineering. Documented experience in one of the following techniques is required: structural biology (cryo-electron microscopy or x-ray crystallography), virology (propagation, neutralization, manipulation) or machine learning and antibody/nanobody sequence analysis. The projects are pursued in an interdisciplinary environment that involves collaboration with several groups; therefore, good collaborative skills are necessary. Fluency in English is mandatory.

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.


The position is located within the Department of Medicine, Solna. The department consists of twelve divisions and each division consists of several research groups. The position is located within the research group of Anna Färnert and the research team of Leo Hanke based at BioClinicum on the Karolinska University Hospital site in 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)

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 As soon as possible
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-543/2023
  • Leo Hanke,
Union representative
  • Bruna Gigante, SACO,
  • Louisa Cheung, SACO,
  • Afsar Rahbar OFR,
Published 07.Feb.2023
Last application date 09.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

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