Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

In our research group, you will find a unique opportunity to work within an ERC funded project together with top researchers in the intersection between neuroscience, psychology, and chemistry to jointly try to understand how the human sense of smell works. To achieve this goal, we conduct various research projects that try to link odor perception to brain processing using several different methods, including electrophysiological (EEG), functional and structural brain imaging, as well as behavior and psychophysical measurements. We offer an engaging and international research environment where you get an opportunity to contribute to high-quality research at the highest international level.

Your mission

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to lead a work package (WP) in our recently awarded ERC Synergy grant (D2Smell) with the overall aim to digitalize smell. Aim of the WP is to record signals from all nodes of the olfactory system in moving humans using EEG to understand what chemicals the human olfactory system is consciously processing as well as try to crack the olfactory neural code. Your main tasks will be, with the help of research assistants, to setup and validate a new ambulatory EEG system and, subsequently, to analyze and publish collected data. In addition, you will assist setting up similar systems at other nodes within the ERC project. Beyond working on the ERC project, you will also be able to pursue your own research questions within the framework of our general research program. As a postdoctoral researcher in the group, you get the opportunity to work in a successful and well-funded research group with a number of senior and junior researchers. Our research group collaborates with a number of prominent research groups around the world, which provides an opportunity for international exchanges.

Your profile

We are looking for a talented, innovative, and enthusiastic researcher with a PhD in a relevant research field. The successful candidate must have previous well-documented research experience of working with advanced EEG/MEG analyzes or other advanced experimental electrophysiology or related research experiences. It is particularly desirable, but not necessary, if you have good and academically documented knowledge of collection, as well as analysis of electrophysiological data from moving animals or humans. It is also desirable that you have an interest in setting up and testing electronic systems.

The successful candidate will have prior publications in international peer-reviewed journals. English is the main language of communication in the research group, therefore, strong written and spoken English skills are necessary. Knowledge in Swedish is beneficial but not required. Potential candidates will be interviewed, and personal skills and qualities will be considered when filling the position.

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.

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.


Read more about the ERC Synergy Grant
Read more about the research group you will be a part of


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 (maximum two pages) in which you describe your previous research experiences with a focus on knowledge in method and analysis and why you are suitable for the position. 

Welcome to apply at the latest February 21st 2024. 

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 2
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-461/2024
  • Johan Lundström, Research Group Leader,
  • Lisa Rister Walker, HR partner,
Union representative
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124127
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 0704831165
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
Published 30.Jan.2024
Last application date 21.Feb.2024 11:59 PM CET

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