The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a department at Karolinska Institutet and an interdisciplinary research institution within the broad field of environmental medicine. IMM conducts cutting edge research within 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 and which role genes have. IMM also serves as a scientific advisor to public authorities within the area of environmental medicine and IMM scientists participate in national and international expert groups.

During recent years research in Toxicology has become increasingly molecular. It has become clear that most toxic agents can interfere with cell signaling systems, and that this may cause cell damage or death. Increased production of reactive oxygen species, leading to DNA damage, has subsequently been shown to be an effect of many toxic agents. DNA damage and incomplete DNA repair often lead to apoptotic cell death or, alternatively, to cell proliferation. Research on how toxic agents might interfere with cell signaling mechanisms is thus important for our understanding of the mechanisms by which environmental toxicants can affect human health.

The applicant shall lead a research group and conduct outstanding research within the field of molecular toxicology with focus on cell damage and cell death, as well as supervise PhD students and postdoctoral junior researchers. Responsibilities include research as well as teaching at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level. The applicant is also expected to actively contribute to the development of IMM and its strong academic environment with collaborations, seminars and other scientific interactions.

Entry requirements
All professors at Karolinska Institutet must demonstrate scientific as well as pedagogical competence. We seek a person qualified to be a professor with internationally leading active research on cell signaling mechanisms and how these might be perturbed by toxicants, resulting in cell damage, death or uncontrolled cell proliferation. The applicant should have extensive experience in leading a productive research group, and have experience of supervising doctoral students through to the defence of their thesis. Demonstrated ability to carry out research collaborations and to attract external funding is also required.

Bases of assessment
The assessment will weight qualifications as follows: research expertise (3), leadership, development and collaboration expertise (2) and educational expertise (1).

Application process
An application must contain the following documents in English curriculum vitae, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio (

The applications will be reviewed by external reviewers in English. All the submitted documents shall therefor be written in English.

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

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to the agreement
Salary Fast lön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-2370/2015
  • Ulla Stenius, Head of Department/Professor, + 46 8 524 878 72
Union representative
  • Anna-Lena Marcus, OFR, +46 8 524 875 68,
  • Esther Edlundh-Rose, SACO, +46 8 524 82 438,
  • Gunnar Stenberg, SEKO, +46 8 524 880 75
Published 23.Oct.2015
Last application date 03.Dec.2015 11:59 PM CET

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