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This postdoc position will be a joint position between the Sundling Team and Davies Forsman team. The studies will focus on understanding the immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection to identify diagnostic biomarkers or therapeutic targets and to identify changes in the mycobacteria associated with treatment outcomes. The studies involve both experimental lab work and bioinformatic analysis.


The Division of Infectious Diseases performs research and education in close collaboration with the Karolinska University Hospital. The research teams address a wide range of infectious diseases using clinical, epidemiological, and experimental approaches.


The postdoctoral researcher will oversee clinical study inclusion and biobanking, design experimental studies to investigate novel diagnostic approaches, and perform bioinformatic analysis of mycobacterial sequencing data. The project will include analysis and visualization of large datasets and the potential integration of different types of data. The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in all parts of the projects, ranging from generating research hypotheses, planning, and executing laboratory work, data analysis, supervision of students, statistical analysis, and writing scientific publications.

Entry requirements

The candidate must hold a Ph.D. equivalent to a Swedish doctoral degree in the field of microbiology, biology, or biomedicine by the agreed starting date (October 1, 2024). The applicant should have prior experience of research with M. tuberculosis and practical experience in cell work. Experience with bioinformatics analysis, using R is advantageous.

The candidate is expected to be organized and able to work independently. The project is pursued in an interdisciplinary environment with collaboration with several international research groups, and good collaborative skills are a requirement. Fluency in English is mandatory.

Scholarships for postdoctoral qualification can be established for foreign researchers who place their qualifications in Sweden. Persons who are resident in Sweden and/or have carried out all or part of their academic education at KI or some other educational institution in Sweden cannot be considered for scholarships from KI. 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.


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 Professor Anna Färnert, head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the research teams led by Dr. Christopher Sundling and Dr. Lina Davies Forsman

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 summary of current work (no more than one page)

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

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Reference number STÖD 2-2433/2024
  • Christopher Sundling,
Union representative
  • Afsar Rahbar OFR,
  • Louisa Cheung, SACO,
  • Farzad Hedayaty, SACO-s,
Published 10.Jun.2024
Last application date 21.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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