Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow in the field of wearable biosensors to join an international project in translational medical research. This is an exciting opportunity to involve breakthrough research on developing epidermal sensors for medical diagnostics as part of the recently awarded EU project (NEUROSENSE), using a combination of biochemistry, bioelectronics, and material science. We offer a multi-national and collaborative research environment with partners in academia and the biomedical industry.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in Parlak Lab at the Division of Dermatology and Venereology, Department of Medicine, Solna. The lab’s research focus is to develop epidermal sensors for medical diagnostics for the prevention and prediction of neurological and dermatological diseases. The group is building new interdisciplinary research as there is an immense potential for new fundamental insights to be discovered.

Your mission

An experienced postdoctoral research fellow in biosensors and bioelectronics is needed to work at Parlak Lab at Karolinska Institute for our recently funded NEUROSENSE project. You will be part of a research team developing high-quality wearable neuroendocrine sensors. Specifically, you will work on the fabrication of a microelectrode array, synthetic and semi-synthetic biorecognition design for hormone and metabolite detection. You will be integral members of a team which works to generate high throughput wearable biosensor devices. The duties of the position also include reporting and data dissemination. Thus, your work will contribute to the broader goal of NEUROSENSE; to make prevention and prediction of neurological disorders using epidermal biosensors.

Your profile

We are looking for a curiosity-driven, inquisitive and enthusiastic person interested in our area of research and ready to explore new avenues in science. The candidates should have a collaborative approach to research, work productively in a team, and contribute to a good social environment in the laboratory.

The applicant shall hold a Ph.D. degree in natural or engineering sciences. The candidates with previous experience in biosensor design and microfabrication will be prioritized. The candidate should have documented experience with electrochemical biosensors. Experience in synthetic and semi-synthetic biorecognition design and polymer chemistry is significant merit. Experience with clean room facility and electron microscopy are not required but is considered merit.

The applicant needs to have a high degree of independence and motivation but should have no problems working in a team, given the collaborative nature of the project. Fluency in English is a requirement.

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.


The position is located within the Department of Medicine, Solna. The department consists of eleven divisions and each division consists of several research groups. The position is located within the research group of Onur Parlak. The Department of Medicine, Solna is one of the largest departments at Karolinska Institute. The core activities of the Department of Medicine are clinical and undergraduate education for medical as well as biomedical students, post-graduate education, including at present 200 registered PhD students, and research in different areas of biomedicine. The department conducts research in a large number of areas. The proximity to patients is one of the department’s strengths. Conducting research in a clinical environment gives excellent opportunities to integrate basic research and patient-centered research.

Parlak Lab is a newly established laboratory in the Division that aims to use innovative science at the interface between biotechnology, materials science, and electronics to tackle the key area of critical importance to society: healthcare and biomaterials. Parlak Lab investigates the application of bioelectronics in medicine to meet the need for complex, dynamic environments and to develop novel devices. The overall aim of the lab is to develop new technologies to combat healthcare challenges and design novel tools for early diagnostics and solutions for digital medicine and remote monitoring.


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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 summary of current work (no more than one page)

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


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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-3692/2023
  • Onur Parlak,
Union representative
  • Afsar Rahbar OFR,
  • Louisa Cheung, SACO,
Published 28.Sep.2023
Last application date 27.Oct.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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