Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Department of Laboratory Medicine consists of seven divisions and comprises advanced basic scientific, clinical, and epidemiological research. In addition, it is one of the main educational departments at Karolinska Institutet. A postdoctoral position is now available at the Division of Clinical Physiology.

The research

Currently there are over 12 million cancer survivors in Europe alone and numbers are still increasing, many cancer survivors suffer from persistent disease and treatment related side effects. We and others have shown that physical activity after a cancer diagnosis leads to maintained physical functioning and quality of life. In addition, epidemiological and animal-model based evidence support the role of exercise to enhance therapeutic efficacy, reduce recurrence and improve survival. In a recent publication, we showed that the immune system, and especially CD8+ T-cells, are instrumental for the anti-neoplastic effects of exercise.

The project

The project is part of a Horizon 2020 supported exercise intervention RCT for patients with metastatic breast cancer – PREFERABLE. Specifically, the focus of the project will be on linking exercise induced changes in immune function to disease progression and therapeutic response. To accomplish this, the applicant will have access to RCT data, state of the art human exercise facilities, animal models, and pre-clinical labs in an innovative and translational environment.

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 a candidate with experience in data analysis from clinical trials. Previous experience with human physiological assessments, murine cancer models, multi-color flow cytometry and functional characterization of immune cells is considered a merit. A keen interest in translational science and the ability to interact effectively and work productively in a interprofessional team as well as a good ability to communicate in English is required. Emphasis will be placed on personal skills, knowledge, and abilities, as well as on documented previous work.

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 postdoctoral position is available in the Division of Clinical Physiology, Department of Laboratory Medicine in Huddinge (KI South Campus, Flemingsberg). Our research aims to raise awareness of the relationship between physical activity and health and is conducted in close collaboration with the Unit of Clinical Physiology at the Karolinska University Hospital.

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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!

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 Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1220/2023
  • Helene Rundqvist,
Union representative
  • Carina Eklund, OFR , 08-58582665
  • Annica Lindkvist, SACO ,
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO ,
Published 20.Mar.2023
Last application date 03.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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