Karolinska Institutet, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Spalding

The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) is a department with a strong focus on basic science. CMB conducts research and education in cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, stem cell biology, cancer and infection biology.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral fellowship in the research group of Kirsty Spalding, at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. The Spalding group works as part of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and the Integrated Cardio Metabolic Centre; a newly formed collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and Astra Zeneca, providing a stimulating environment of diverse metabolic experts.

Using pioneering approaches such a single cell sequencing, radiocarbon dating and flow cytometry we investigate fundamental questions in human adipose biology. How adipocytes respond and contribute to metabolic disease is investigated at a single cell and whole organ level. Relevant topics include (i) the distribution and browning potential of white human adipocytes (ii) adipocyte heterogeneity within white adipose depots, as well as between adipocytes from different fat depots and (iii) the pathological contribution of adipocytes to metabolic disease.

The postdoctoral fellowship will provide an opportunity to learn a broad range of advanced methods and to participate in collaborations with academic and clinical partners. javascript:saveChanges();

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.

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


  • To qualify, the applicant must have a PhD
  • Expertise in the field of adipose biology is required
  • Knowledge of immunocytochemistry, confocal microscopy, primary tissue culture, flow cytometry or next generation sequencing (such RNA-seq) is an advantage
  • An ability to perform independently is vital, however the project is heavily integrated into other projects in the lab and thus an ability to contribute as part of a team is required
  • Excellent English oral and writing skills are a must.

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.

Application process
An application must contain the following documents in English:

  • 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 brief letter explaining your interest in the position and background experience that makes you suitable for the position. Indicate a potential starting date
  • A complete list of publications
  • Names and contacts of theree referees

The application is to be submitted on the Varbi recruitment system.

Reference number 2-5177/2019
  • Kirsty Spalding, kirsty.spalding@ki.se
Published 18.Oct.2019
Last application date 27.Oct.2019 11:59 PM CET

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