Karolinska Institutet, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology

Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

The institution for microbiology, tumor- and cell biology (MTC) at Karolinska Institutet performs research and teaching within immunology, infection biology, cellular biology, and cancer. The Center for Translational Microbiome Research (CTMR) was started in January 2016 as a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The center builds on a deep understanding of translational microbiome research and has established a broad technical, biological, clinical and epidemiological platform for studying complex microbiological communities in well-defined human materials. CTMR aims to better understand the contribution of the human microbiome to physiology and pathophysiology with the goal to open opportunities for development of novel therapies in the area of gastroenterology, reproductive health and neonatology.

Your mission

As a postdoc in microbiome research, you will focus on analysis work concerning the role of the microbiome in several different projects all focusing on studying the microbiome and its interaction with the human host from a women’s health perspective. A central component of the role is to assume responsibility for bioinformatics analysis work in assigned studies, e.g. establish analysis plans combining microbiome data with additional metadata such as omics-data, questionnaires, etc. in order to perform the analysis work in collaboration with other colleagues at CTMR and external research partners with the ambition to generate new knowledge on the role of the microbiome for women’s health and scientific publications. The successful candidate will be working in close collaboration with several different teams within CTMR such as women’s health, bioinformatics, wet lab, as well as external collaborators outside of CTMR. The working language is English.

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.

In addition to the aforementioned requirements, the application must have:

  • Demonstrated good ability to communicate, both verbally and in text
  • Demonstrated ability to author scientific articles
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze microbiome data sets
  • Experience working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Experience with at least one commonly used programming language (Python or R)

Additional skills that are especially meritorious for the position:

  • Experience of research concerning women’s reproductive health, the human vaginal and/or gastrointestinal microbiome
  • An understanding of the unique properties that microbiome data exhibits and which statistical challenges arise from this
  • Experience working with metadata for microbiome studies according to available standards, ontologies, and formatting (e.g. MIxS)
  • Experience analyzing both marker gene and metagenome data from DNA or RNA using scientifically established methods
  • Insight into epidemiological approaches and study design with a special focus on microbiome data
  • Experience with techniques and frameworks for reproducible bioinformatics analyses, e.g. Snakemake or Nextflow

After an overall assessment of the expertise and merits of the applicants in relation to the subject area, Karolinska Institutet will determine which of them has the best potential to contribute to a positive development of the activities at KI.

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 


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)

Welcome to apply at the latest 2023-04-16

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 According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1207/2023
  • Fredrik Boulund, fredrik.boulund@ki.se
  • Ina Schuppe Koistinen, ina.schuppe.koistinen@ki.se
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Carina Ekelund, carina.eklund@ki.se
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, taher.darreh-shori@ki.se
Published 20.Mar.2023
Last application date 16.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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