Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Applications are invited for a Research Specialist, position(s) in circuit biology in pain in a research group led by Prof. Patrik Ernfors. The position(s) will be placed at the Division of Molecular Neurobiology, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Area of responsibilities

A Research Specialist position(s) is now open for a highly motivated scientist to work with advanced mouse genetics, circuit tracing, single cell transcriptomics and mouse pain behavior. Responsibilities also encompass in vitro and in vivo biochemistry, molecular biology and use of disease models for chronic pain. The candidate is expected in an independent way pursuing functional and molecular studies to resolve cells and mechanisms underlying nociception and chronic pain. The project focuses on the identification of the exact cell types, identifying neuroimmune interactions and intracellular mechanisms conferring hyperexcitability and pain using in vivo mouse models. The fellow(s) will be responsible for progress in this line of research. 

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as a Research Specialist, in addition to holding a Degree of Doctor, PhD, or having equivalent scientific expertise, the applicant must have demonstrated research expertise as well as have documented research experience after defending their doctoral dissertation.

The applicant must have demonstrated skills and experience in pain research, advanced mouse genetics for TRAPing active neurons for cell type identification and functional re-activation experiments, single cell RNA-sequencing and data analysis, extensive knowledge in testing pain behavior, chronic pain animal models, developing assays, biochemistry, documentation and preparing scientific reports.

The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills and an ability to interact effectively and have demonstrated to be able to work productively in a team. Fluency in English is a requirement.

In connection with the appointment of Research Specialist, we will accord special weight to academic skills, particularly demonstrated excellence in research.

Assessment criteria

After an overall assessment of the expertise and merits of the applicants in relation to the subject area, Karolinska Institutet will determine which of them has the best potential to contribute to a positive development of the activities at KI.

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. Here, 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.



We prefer that Your application is written in English, but You can also apply in Swedish. An application must contain the following documents: 

  • 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 summary of current work (no more than one page)

Welcome to apply at the latest 2024-02-22

The application must be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment according to agreement
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-645/2024
  • Professor, Patrik Ernfors,
Union representative
  • Anurupa Nagchowdhury (OFR),
Published 08.Feb.2024
Last application date 22.Feb.2024 11:59 PM CET

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