Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neuroscience, Santini

The Department of Neuroscience includes several research groups working on different aspects of nervous system function, both under normal conditions and in various disease states. Research projects include a broad range of studies on the molecular and cellular levels, networks of neurons, and the organization of the nervous system as a whole. The Department has a flat organization with 40 research group leaders, of which 24 are full professors, and 65 PhD students.

Teaching represents a fundamental activity at the Department, which participates in several undergraduate courses and postgraduate education programs. Each year approximately 15 students receive their PhD from our Department and many of our graduates have gone onto distinguished careers in the academic or private sector.

The research projects in the lab of Assistant Professors Emanuela Santini and Anders Borgkvist deal with different aspects of basal ganglia physiology in genetic disease models of movement disorders, drug addiction, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Methods and tools routinely used in the laboratory include confocal and 2-photon imaging, behavioral analysis, fiber photometry, immunohistochemstry, western blotting, and hypotheses are addressed almost exclusively using transgenic mice.


Candidates are expected to build and successfully execute an exciting, independent project within the lab research programs through active discussion and collaboration with the PI.

Candidates are expected to be proficient in patch clamp electrophysiology and multiphoton microscopy and are required to be independent in the design, execution and analysis of the experiments.

We also expect the candidates to be active players within a scientific group with presentations and the involvement in scientific discussion.

This is a fixed-term employment for one year with the possibility of extension.  

Entry requirements
Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence.

Experience with patch clamp electrophysiology, primarily in brain slices, is necessary, with recordings in freely moving rodents being an additional request. Hands-on experience with multiphoton microscopy is a must.

Hands-on experience with surgical procedures and viral expression systems are an important additional requirement.The candidate should also be proficient in computer and statistical programming (Matlab/Igor/R) for the development of routines and analysis of imaging and electrophysiology data.

The candidate should be highly organized and ambitious with excellent communication skills in English. Interpersonal skills are essential, and we emphasize the person’s ability as a team player and contributing to a friendly work environment.

Application process
An employment application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  1. 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
  2. A complete list of publications
  3. A summary of current work (no more than one page)

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

Type of employment Umowa o pracę na czas określony dłuższy niż 6 miesięcy
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-2987/2019
  • Emanuela Santini, emanuela.santini@ki.se
Union representative
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
  • Magnus Anå, OFR, 08-524 864 37, magnus.ana@ki.se
Published 24.May.2019
Last application date 02.Jun.2019 11:59 PM CET

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