Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Signal Transduction research group at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery is interested in signal transduction in pancreatic islet cells under physiological and diabetic conditions. In recent years, the group has established a new innovative and versatile platform based on transplantation of pancreatic islets into the anterior chamber of the eye and successfully pioneered its application in in vivo characterization of signal transduction in islet cells in normal and diabetic animal models.

Your mission

The group is now seeking a “biträdande lector” who will investigate the underlying factors and mechanisms leading to the derangement of islet cells during type 2 diabetes (T2DM) development to identify new potential therapeutic targets for diagnosis and treatment of the disease. The studies will include work on animal models of T2DM and protein candidates potentially involved in cellular dysregulation during the early phase of T2DM development. Besides working on these projects, the candidate is expected to supervise students, write grant applications and to develop an independent line of research.

The employment as Assistant Professor is time limited for 4 years with the right to apply for promotion to Senior Lecturer.

Eligibility requirements

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated, and socially skilled candidate that enjoys working in a collaborative environment. The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent line of research, should have a strong track record in T2DM research, pancreatic islet biology and insulin signal transduction.

We seek a candidate with documented scientific accomplishments at the postdoctoral level. A PhD in medical science or related sciences is required. Prior experience in metabolic flux analysis, HPLC, qPCR, confocal imaging and in situ hybridization is necessary for this position. Documented knowledge in multicolor flow cytometry, molecular biology skills and a strong publication record in peer reviewed journals as well as previously granted funding are meriting for the position. The successful candidate is expected to have experience in designing animal studies with mice. Since the applicant will work in a highly international environment good communication skills and proficiency in spoken and written English are essential.

Those eligible for employment as an Assistant Professor are individuals who have been awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence. Preference should be given to those who were awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence no more than five years prior to the expiry of the application period for the position as assistant professor.

Those who have been awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence earlier may however be considered if special grounds exist. 

Special grounds refer to:

  • parental leave,
  • positions of trust in trade union organizations
  • mandatory service in the total defense forces
  • long-term illness
  • general medical internship (maximum 24 months)
  • specialist medical residency for clinically active professionals (maximum 24 months).

Ground, dates and extent must be clearly specified in the application and verified with relevant documentation.

Bases of assessment

For Assistant Professor with focus on research:

Scientific expertise will be most important when assessing applicants.

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.


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We prefer that Your application is written in English, but You can also apply in Swedish. An application must contain the following documents: Resumé, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio.

Welcome to apply at the latest 20 juni 2021

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system


Particular assessment for promotion to Senior Lecturer

An Assistant Professor employed in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 4 Section 12a shall be promoted to Senior Lecturer if he or she is eligible for an employment as Senior Lecturer in accordance with the Instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet and is assessed to be suitable for such employment in accordance with the assessment criteria that KI has decided should be applied when being promoted to Senior Lecturer. The assessment criteria stated in the Instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet that was valid at the time of appointment as Assistant Professor will be applied when applying for promotion to Senior Lecturer. Current assessment criteria is found here. Such promotion results in a permanent position as Senior Lecturer.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2843/2021
  • Barbara Leibiger, Researcher,
Union representative
  • Virpi Töhönen, SACO,
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO, 08-524 835 29
  • Elisabeth Noren-Krog, OFR,
Published 08.Jun.2021
Last application date 20.Jun.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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