Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Karolinska Institute offers a unique environment in which to work with innovative researchers and state-of-the-art facilities to perform pre-clinical and clinical research. We offer an engaging and international research environment where you will have the opportunity to contribute to high quality research at a leading international institution.

This position is aimed at preparing the candidate for a successful future career in academia. The role entails planning and running experiments, analysing data as well as preparing publication-quality figures, drafting manuscripts and applying for research grants.

The role is based in the Paediatric Hematology and Oncology division at the Department of Women's and Children's Health.


This opening 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 of human growth and relate this to skeletal disorders arising from childhood cancer treatment. More specifically, duties will include collecting and analysing human tissues, maintaining a colony of mice, processing and analysing murine samples. Methodologies include sequencing experiments at the genomic and transcriptomic levels, confocal microscopy, histological and histochemical staining, immunofluoresence, in situ hybridisation and other emerging molecular biology technologies. The candidate is expected to drive their project forward and actively follow the scientific literature.

Your profile
We are looking for an enthusiastic person with a curious mind who is passionate about furthering human knowledge and health through scientific research. You must be highly motivated and detail-oriented.

The successful candidate should:

  • hold a PhD in molecular or cellular biology, biochemistry, bioengineering or a very closely-related discipline
  • be structured and responsible
  • have an inquisitive mentality
  • 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

Expertise in at least one of the following areas is required

  • experience of working with stem cells in an in vivo setting
  • practical experience of DNA/RNA isolation and from single cells
  • a background working with cartilaginous/mineralised tissues

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 their 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.

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 list three scientific articles that you find most inspiring, with a brief description of their appeal (maximum one page)

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

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:

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Reference number 2-835/2020
  • Phillip Newton, Researcher,
  • Sabina Brinkley, HR officer, 08-524 823 80
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
  • Bodil Moberg , OFR, 08-524 836 01
  • John Inge Johnsen , SACO,
Published 18.Feb.2020
Last application date 06.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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