Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Do you want to work with systems biology in chronic pain?


We invite applications for a joint post doc position in Prof Camilla Svensson’s team that explores cellular and molecular mechanisms underlaying chronic pain states. The position will be placed in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institutet, which has a collegial, international and dynamic research environment. The Svensson lab is part the Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM) located on the premises of the Karolinska Hospital. We offer an exciting, open, and collaborative research work environment and project, where you can make a difference.


The Postdoctoral Fellow that join the team will be investigating pain mechanisms in fibromyalgia. The focus will be on satellite glial cells and the adaptive immune system focusing on antibodies and associated mechanisms. The work will be performed in vitro as well as by analyzing samples (plasma, CSF, tissue biopsies) from fibromyalgia patients and healthy controls. You will also be working with animal models to investigate pain mechanisms related to the findings in the pain patient samples. You will be working closely together preclinical and clinical researchers and biostatisticians with a mission to increase our ability to study pain from a translational perspective.


You are a creative, hardworking and enthusiastic team player. You have a PhD in immunology, neuroscience, biomedical science, or another relevant field.

You have a strong background immunology or neuroinflammation. Documented practical experience with FACS analysis, immunocytochemistry, primary cell cultures libraray preparation for single cell and bulk RNA sequencing and data analysis or animal handling are considered strong merits

You can work independently but also have the interpersonal and communication skills to succeed at working in a multidisciplinary team. You have a deep sense of responsibility, take initiatives and have capacity and flexibility to work with researchers and students with different expertise.

You have a very good written and spoken English and is a good communicator, both when it comes to  presentations and preparation of publications. You have good recommendations from previous supervisors/teachers.

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.


You will work in a creative, inspiring and vibrant research environment. You will be part of a research team that is dedicated to undertaking translational research with the ultimate goal to uncover cellular and molecular reasons behind pain chronicity and contribute to the improvement of life quality for individuals suffering from fibromyalgia

The appointment will be at the Karolinska Institutet. For more information please visit:

You will receive post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Prof Svensson, who will provide mentorship and opportunities for personal and professional development and a platform for building a future career in research.

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 the agreement
Salary Scholarship
Reference number STÖD 2-4772/2021
  • Camilla Svensson,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Helin Norberg, SACO,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 08.Nov.2021
Last application date 05.Dec.2021 11:59 PM CET
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