Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

The postdoctoral position is placed in the Clinical Genetics research group at MMK with professor Outi Mäkitie and professor Richard Rosenquist Brandell as project leaders. The research is focused on identifying genetic causes and molecular mechanisms in rare skeletal diseases. The group works closely with the Metabolic Bone Disease group at the University of Helsinki.

Your mission

We aim to recruit a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with a strong research background in molecular genetics and rare skeletal diseases. The project will focus on genetic bone disorders and will apply various genetic tools, including whole-genome sequencing, to identify genetic causes contributing to disease pathogenesis, and several methods related to molecular biology and cell biology to explore disease mechanisms in these genetic disorders. A murine model may be
developed for some novel disease forms. The appointed person will be expected to work with molecular biologists, physicians and bioinformaticians, as well as to actively participate in national and international collaborative research projects.

Your profile

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.

Applicants are required to have completed a PhD degree or higher in a field related to the position, such as biology, genetics, biomedicine, biotechnology, or similar.  Further requirements are:

  • Documented experience in molecular biology and skeletal research.
  • Documented experience in cell cultures using various cell types, especially osteoblasts and human mesenchymal stem cells
  • Documented experience in the use of animal models in skeletal research.
  • Documented ability to write scientific articles and a track record of publications in international refereed journals.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work both independently and in collaboration with colleagues in diverse fields, including clinical staff, and the ability to document work.

Personal suitability is an important criterion.

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.



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

  • 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 December 12, 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
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-5097/2021
  • Outimaija Mäkitie, Forskare,
Union representative
  • Virpi Töhönen, SACO,
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO, 08-524 835 29
  • Elisabeth Noren-Krog, OFR, 08- 517 70478
Published 16.Nov.2021
Last application date 12.Dec.2021 11:59 PM CET
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