Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Karolinska Institutet offers a fantastic opportunity for postdoctoral studies together with innovative researchers and state-of-the-art facilities to perform pre-clinical research. We offer an engaging and international research environment where you will have the chance to contribute to high quality research at a leading international institution.  The role is based in the Paediatric Hematology and Oncology division at the Department of Women's and Children's Health.

As a postdoctoral student you will learn to plan and run experiments, analyse data as well as prepare publication-quality figures, and draft manuscripts. The successful candidate will present results at national and international conferences.


This postdoctoral scholarship is focused on skeletal growth and the mechanisms of its maintenance. The successful candidate will be expected to plan and conduct experimental research to reveal basic mechanisms relating to skeletal disorders arising from childhood cancer treatments. More specifically, duties will include collecting and analysing human tissues, maintaining a colony of mice, processing and analysing murine samples. Methodologies include confocal microscopy, histological and histochemical staining, immunofluoresence, multi-target in situ hybridisation and spatial transcriptomics.

Your profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic and curious person who is passionate about furthering knowledge through scientific research. You must be highly motivated, detail-oriented, and have a positive attitude towards problem-solving. Prior practical experience of studying stem cells in an in vivo setting, childhood cancer research, or with cartilage tissues would be advantageous.

The successful postdoctoral student should:

  • hold a PhD in molecular or cellular biology, biochemistry, bioengineering or a very closely-related discipline
  • be structured and responsible
  • enjoy working as part of a team
  • be fluent in written and spoken English
  • have expertise in standard techniques of molecular biology and cell biology

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 the applicant's previous training and scholarly qualifications correspond to a Swedish doctorate or higher.

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.


Department of Women’s and Children’s Heath, Karolinska Institute, Solna campus.

Read more about the division of Paediatric Hematology and Oncology within the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health:

Read more about the research group you will be part of:

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.

The postdoctoral student will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and core facilities within the institute, have the opportunity to attend seminars from world-leading researchers, and have the opportunity to contribute to major scientific advances.

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)
  • A personal letter

The application is to be submitted on the Varbi recruitment system by 27th August 2023.

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Scholarship
Reference number STÖD 2-2969/2023
  • Phillip Newton, PhD,
  • Sabina Brinkley, HR-partner, 08-52482380
Union representative
  • Shahla Rostami, OFR,
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • John Inge Johnsen , SACO,
Published 28.Jul.2023
Last application date 27.Aug.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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