The Department of Biosciences and Nutrition performs research and education in several areas of medical science including aging, Alzheimer, biomaterial, molecular endocrinology, cancer biology, functional genomics, systems biology, epigenetics, structural biochemistry, bioorganic chemistry, immunology, and nutrition. It offers an excellent international research and working environment, including around 250 scientists, students, administrative and technical personnel. The Department resides in Neo at Campus Flemingsberg, a biomedical research building, aimed at being a creative and open environment that enables meetings, synergies, and exploration of areas of mutual interest across disciplines.

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Your mission

The research group of Professor Luca Jovine, is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to investigate the molecular mechanism of egg-sperm interaction at fertilization. The position is funded by a grant from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation. 

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With its close integration of academic and clinical research, KI offer a highly international and collaborative environment for biomedical studies. In particular, the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition of KI has state-of-the-art equipment for recombinant protein expression in mammalian cells and bacteria, protein purification, sample characterization (SEC-MALS, microscale thermophoresis, biolayer interferometry) and in-house X-ray data collection. For EM data collection, we have access to the Cryo-EM Swedish National Facility nodes in Stockholm and Umeå, as well as access to the newly established 3D-EM facility of KI, ; additionally, we have frequent access to different synchrotron/EM data collection sites (BESSY, DLS, ESRF, MAX IV).

Your profile

We are looking for a scientist who can run projects that will require expertise in molecular biology; recombinant protein expression in mammalian and insect cells; protein purification, characterization and crystallization; and structure determination by X-ray crystallography/cryo-EM. Previous experience with fertilization proteins, or glycoproteins in general, will be considered a significant plus.

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence. 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) date of employment. This must be substantiated by the applicant's main supervisor, director or equivalent.

Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

What do we offer?

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles employees to several benefits such as extended holiday and a generous occupational pension. Employees also have free access to our modern gym and receive reimbursements for medical care.

Location: Flemingsberg

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An employment application must contain the following documents in English:

  • A complete resumé, 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 8 April 2021.

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


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1465/2021
  • Luca Jovine, Professor and PI, +46- 8-524 811 36
  • Thomas Tinglöv, Head of Administration, +46-8-524 835 49
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, +46-8-524 840 80
  • Anders Lindholm, OFR, +46-8-524 810 12
  • Chandrashekar Bangalore Revanna , SACO, +46-73-083 98 85
Published 24.Mar.2021
Last application date 08.Apr.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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