Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

Graphene-based materials and other two-dimensional (2D) materials hold great promise in a range of biomedical applications. However, the biocompatibility of these materials should be carefully evaluated. The Unit of Molecular Toxicology at the Institute of Environmental Medicine has a long track record in nanosafety research with emphasis on the assessment of nano(bio)material effects on the immune system. We are now recruiting a post doc for comprehensive studies of 2D materials and their interaction with the human immune system.

Your mission

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD degree in cell- or molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, or toxicology. Experience with the following techniques is required: maintenance of primary cell cultures and transformed cell lines, confocal and light microscopy, flow cytometry, and other standard cell- and molecular biology techniques. In particular, previous experience of single-cell analysis techniques, e.g., single-cell RNA sequencing and single-cell mass cytometry, and the downstream analysis of such data, is considered an advantage, as is previous experience of working with nanomaterials. Excellent communication skills (English) and the ability and willingness to interact with other members of the group, and with external collaborators and core facilities, are both considered essential. The employment is temporary for two years.

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a post doc is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence in cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, or toxicology. 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) date of employment (documentation required). Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability and willingness to interact with other post docs and students in the group and with other external collaborators as well as with core facilities are deemed essential qualities. 

The successful applicant will work at the Unit of Molecular Toxicology at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet. The post doc will focus on the biological impact of 2D materials from various sources using mainly in vitro model systems including primary human immune cells. The project is funded through grants awarded by the Swedish Research Council and the European Commission (through the European Innovation Council).

What do we offer?

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote a better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden (refer to: The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a department at Karolinska Institutet and an interdisciplinary research institution in the field of environmental medicine. At IMM, cutting-edge research is conducted in the areas of environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology, physiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics with the aim to clarify how environmental and lifestyle factors affect our health.

Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Solna/Stockholm



The post doc application must contain the following documents (in English, not Swedish):

  • Curriculum vitae, including date of PhD defense, previous academic position(s), current position, and list of laboratory skills, and a description of any previous participation in EU funded project(s) or other large consortia (max. 5 pages);
  • List of publications, including original articles and reviews (do not send reprints);
  • Statement of current & future research interests and/or future plans (max. 1 page);
  • At least two signed letters of recommendation from current or former supervisors (submit scanned copies) (note: it is not sufficient to only list the names of referees).

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly payment
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1509/2023
  • Bengt Fadeel, professor,
Union representative
  • Anne Boström, SEKO , 08-52487579,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, 08-52487419,
  • Anda Gliga, Nanna Fyhrquist, Saco-S,,
Published 06.Apr.2023
Last application date 05.May.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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