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The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a department at Karolinska Institutet and an interdisciplinary research institution within the broad field of environmental medicine. IMM conducts cutting edge research within the areas of environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology, physiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

A postdoctoral position is available at the Unit of Toxicology in the research group led by Bertrand Joseph. The lab is located at the Karolinska Institutet Solna Campus which offer excellent infrastructure and world leading research in many areas of biomedical science.


Our research team is interested in the molecular mechanisms, which control the activation of microglia towards a selective phenotype exerting unique functions in the healthy or pathologic brain. Our investigations are performed in various models of human diseases ranging from cancers to neurodegenerative disorders (for example of our research, see Burguillos et al., 2011 Nature; Burguillos et al., 2015 Cell Reports; Shen et al., 2016 Nature Immunology; Stratoulias et al., 2019 EMBO J;).


We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist with interest and expertise in microglia, and/or glioblastoma field(s) to develop a project focused on signaling pathways controlling microglia activation in the context of brain tumor subtypes.

Key responsibilities:

• Original research contributions as part of the group’s core program
• Project leadership
• Use and further development of research methodologies
• Analysis, management, communication, and publishing of research findings
• Active participations in academic research activities
• Presenting at national and international scientific meetings

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.

Applications are welcome from scientists with experience in the fields of microglia, glioblastoma and transcription/epigenetics. Expertise in the above mentioned field(s) will be considered as strong advantage. Candidates should have an excellent track record and experience with standard molecular and cell biology techniques. We are searching for an experienced postdoc who can work independently and develop his/her own ideas and visions. Candidates should be highly motivated, creative, and have strong communication skills. The ability to express oneself in speech and writing in English at a high level and interact effectively and work productively in a team will be considered important. Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

Location: Solna

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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First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Semiannually
Reference number STÖD 2-4846/2020
  • Professor Bertrand Joseph,
Union representative
  • Anne Boström, SEKO, 08-524 875 79,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR , 08-524 874 19,
  • Karlhans Che, Saco-S,
Published 16.Nov.2020
Last application date 30.Nov.2020 11:59 PM CET

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