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The Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM) at Karolinska Institutet (KI) gathers more than 500 staff members with clinical experience from Karolinska University Hospital and with research competence from Karolinska Institutet for research on the common diseases. The Herlenius group within the Department of Women's and Childrens's Health brings together researchers with a wide range of expertise and interest, but with a common goal of improving human health. We are currently seeking a postdoctoral student for 4 months that will study and investigate the molecular mechanism and physiology of brainstem breathing rhythm generating centers.


In the Herlenius team we investigate the Genes(is) of Inspiration – Birth, development of Breathing and role of inflammation in autonomic control. The postdoc will investigate novel neuromodulator targets, revelated using the Herlenius group and collaborators ScRNASeq Smartseq3 and Smartseq3Xpress techniques. He/She should have a PhD in neuroscience and be familiar with electrophysiological techniques, specifically Patch-clamp and extracellular recordings. Knowledge and expertise in time-lapse calcium and other flourophores recordings is beneficial. The postdoc will perform In vitro and ex vivo recordings in breathing acute and organotypic brainstem cultures to participate in the revelation of mechanism underlying the GENE(sis) of Breathing.

We are seeking a postdoctoral student that is communicative, interactive and independent, able to present and discuss data as well as participate in selected project publication.

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.

Location: Solna

Type of scholarship

This is a postdoctoral student scholarship set for 4 months, paid out once and the amount is tax free.

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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First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Scholarship
Reference number STÖD 2-1915/2024
  • Eric Herlenius, Professor,
Union representative
  • Shahla Rostami, OFR,
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • John Inge Johnsen , SACO,
Published 03.May.2024
Last application date 16.May.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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