Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Hällberg laboratory is offering a stimulating and interactive international environment. We are part of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, one of the world 's leading medical universities. The lab is located in the recently opened Biomedicum, a state-of-the-art research building.

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral fellow interested in studying the structural cell biology of mitochondrial genome separation and segregation. The project is part of a multi-disciplinary collaboration financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

Your mission

The project’s main aim is to characterize the mitoribosomal maturation process especially the very earliest mito-rRNA maturation steps that occur co-transcriptionally and involves the early processing steps and their coordination with binding of ribosomal proteins and maturation factors.

Main techniques involved are electron microscopy (cryo-EM), cell biology and biochemistry. We have ample access to Karolinska Institutet’s 3D-EM facility that currently features a Krios G3i with a Bioquantum K3, an Aquilos2 cryo-FIB-SEM, a Leica SP8 cryo-confocal, a Talos 120C G2 and a range of sample preparation equipment.

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence. 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. This must be substantiated by the applicant's main supervisor, director or equivalent.

We are looking for highly motivated, independent and driven candidates. The successful applicant will have a background either in structural biology or RNA/RNA-protein biochemistry eager to learn or further develop skills in state-of-the-art techniques for studying the structural biochemistry of protein-RNA complexes. A documented ability to independently carry out experimental research projects is required, as are good communication skills in spoken and written English.

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

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.


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An employment 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 a summary of skills and experience.
  • 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 Upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2834/2023
  • Martin Hällberg,
Union representative
  • Shahla Rostami, OFR,
  • Björn Andersson, SACO,
  • Elisabeth Valenzuela, SEKO,
Published 07.Jul.2023
Last application date 12.Sep.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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