Do you want to contribute to better health for all?

At the Nutritional Neuroscience Group within the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, we study the perceptual experiences associated with food consumption. Our goal is to understand the cortical processes that drive acquisition of new flavor preferences, their interactions with metabolic feedback, and their role in appetite regulation. We offer an engaging and international research environment where you will have the opportunity to contribute to high quality research at international level.

Your mission

The postdoctoral researcher in our group will study the formation and retrieval of food flavor preferences, and how they are supported by the coding mechanisms and connectivity structure of the human brain. This position is part of an ERC funded project which builds on previous work from our group (see eg. 1 and 2). Specifically, the sucessfull candidate will develop experimental designs that manipulate the metabolic impact of food stimuli and measure and compare metabolic markers associated with these manipulations. The candidate will learn to relate the results to behavioral and functional anatomical outcomes, and prepare the results for publication. The postdoctoral researcher will act as a liaison between collaborators in cognitive neuroscience and nutrition, and will be encouraged to develop new projects at the intersection of nutrition and cognitive neuroscience according to their own interests.

The position is for two years, with the possibility for extension.

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 postdoctoral researcher with a background in biomedicine and a keen interest in the neuroscience of human nutrition. Candidates are expected to have strong analytical skills, and previous experience in working with blood plasma assays (OLINK, Mass spectrometry-based methods, ELISA-based methods). Programming skills in at least one relevant programming language are required (e. g. R, Python, Matlab). Prior experience with fMRI, behavioral experiments, and/or human nutrition are desirable.

English is the main language of communication in the research group; therefore, strong written and spoken English skills are required. The sucessfull candidat should have experience in academic writing and publishing your work. We are looking for an individual who shows initiative, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently. Good communication skills for interactions with collaborators and participants are expected. Furthermore, we attach great importance to personal suitability.

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

Read more about the Clinical Neuroscience Department and the Division of Psychology 
Read more about the Nutritional Neuroscience group




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 cover letter (max 2 A4 pages) describing why you would be a good fit for this position

Welcome to apply at the latest August 22nd 2023. 

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 Upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2051/2023
  • Janina Seubert, Principal Researcher,
  • Lisa Rister, HR partner, 08-52483287,
Union representative
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124127
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 0704831165
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
Published 17.Jul.2023
Last application date 22.Aug.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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