Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

We are looking for an ambitious recent PhD graduate with skills in epigenomics and/or chromatin biochemistry to perform cutting-edge research in the Laboratory of Chemical and Synthetic Systems Biology. We offer an engaging and international research environment and the opportunity to contribute to high-quality research on an internationally competitive level. We are looking for a highly motivated individual, who excelled during her/his doctoral studies, has substantial laboratory as well as computational experience, and strong documented interest in epigenetics in particular. The proposed project will deepen our understanding of functional cell states present in early human development and will seek to explain how key lineage choices are made and early embryonic tissues are formed.

The research group

The Elsässer group is an international and multicultural research group that focuses on applying new synthetic and chemical biology methods to understand chromatin structure and function. We are a dynamic, collaborative, and supportive team within the Division of Genome Biology, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics located at the Science for Life Laboratory in Stockholm. The group includes senior and junior researchers, bioinformaticians, administrators, PhD students and undergraduate trainees.


We expect the postdoc to lead an independent project that tightly integrates with other projects in the laboratory based on shared biological questions or shared methodology development. The successful candidate will take part in all research-related activities such as group meetings, departmental seminars, relevant international meetings, supervision of other students and researchers, if necessary, as well as contribute to common lab routines. The successful candidate must have the capacity to work efficiently and productively in a team. The successful candidate must have a professional and collaborative mindset. It is necessary to work carefully and systematically, adhere to strict research ethics and have excellent documentation and organization skills.


We are looking for a curious, highly motivated and dedicated person with a background in experimental molecular biology or epigenomics.

Following skills and experiences are a requirement

  • proficiency in mammalian cell culture, specifically pluripotent stem cell culture, in vitro differentiation or organoid/blastoid models
  • hands-on experience in standard laboratory methods such as flow cytometry, western blotting, microscopy
  • understanding of current methods in epigenetics and stem cell biology

Following skills and experiences are an advantage

  • hands-on experience in ChIP-seq, CUT&RUN, CUT&Tag, RNA-seq or ATAC-seq or related bulk or single cell protocols
  • hands-on experience in (epi)genomics data analysis
  • hands-on experience in proteomics techniques and/or proteomics data analysis
  • Experience in big data/ multi-omics data integration

Proficiency in the English language (both orally and in writing) is required.

Entry requirements

Scholarships for postdoctoral qualification can be established for foreign researchers who place their qualifications in Sweden. The purpose of scholarships for postdoctoral qualification is to promote internationalization and contribute to research qualification after a doctorate or equivalent.
A scholarship for carrying out postdoctoral research can be granted for a maximum of two years within a four year period following the receipt of a doctoral degree or equivalent.
To be eligible for a postdoctoral scholarship, the person must have obtained a doctorate or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctorate. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) start date of the post doctoral education.

The head of the department determines whether their previous training and scholarly qualifications correspond to a Swedish doctorate or higher.

Location: Scilifelab, Solna

Type of scholarship

The amount is tax free and it is set for twelve months at a time, paid out on a six months basis. In exceptional cases, shorter periods may be acceptable.

Application process

An application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  • A complete curriculum vitae, 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 on the Varbi recruitment system.

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First day of employment Upon agreement
Salary Scholarship
Reference number STÖD 2-1470/2023
  • Simon Elsässer,
Published 05.Apr.2023
Last application date 07.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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