Karolinska Institutet, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology

Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

The Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) at Karolinska Institutet conducts research and teaching within immunology, infection biology, cell biology and cancer. MTC have about 40 research groups and our key words are multidisciplinary, bridging, national and international collaborations.

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

We are currently offering a postdoctoral position focused on method development for microbiome research. In this role, you will be responsible for developing and applying innovative genomic approaches to study microbiome communities. Your primary focus will be on exploring and developing methodologies to investigate the microbiome in both healthy and diseased states.

Taking a lead role in experimental design, you will collaborate closely with other team members to ensure a cohesive research approach. Furthermore, you will be expected to communicate your scientific findings through the preparation of scientific papers and active participation in scientific meetings. Fluency in English is essential, as it serves as the working language within our team.

In addition to your specific research responsibilities, you will be an integral part of the team, participating in general team duties and effectively communicating with scientists from diverse backgrounds in our highly interdisciplinary and international environment. We value collaboration, innovation, and effective teamwork.

This postdoctoral position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the advancement of microbiome research through the development of novel methods. If you are motivated, driven, and eager to work in a dynamic research environment, we encourage you to apply. Join our team and contribute to our collective efforts in understanding the intricacies of the microbiome and its impact on human health.

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.

To be eligible for employment as a postdoc, in addition to holding a Phd-degree, the applicant must have demonstrated robust research skills.

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

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate both verbally and in text
  • Demonstrated ability to author scientific articles
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and use common molecular biological tools
  • Experience working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Experience with at least one sequencing platform
  • Experience with at least one library preparation strategy

Additional skills that are especially meritorious for the position:

  • Experience of research concerning women’s reproductive health, the human vaginal and/or gastrointestinal microbiome
  • Experience with data analysis
  • Experience working with different laboratory automation and liquid handling systems
  • Experience with DNA/RNA extraction methods

After an overall assessment of the expertise and merits of the applicants in relation to the subject area, Karolinska Institutet will determine which candidate 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 2023-06-21

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 2-2348/2023
  • Maike Seifert, maike.seifert@ki.se
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Carina Ekelund, OFR, carina.eklund@ki.se
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO, taher.darreh-shori@ki.se
Published 07.Jun.2023
Last application date 21.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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