Karolinska Institutet, Swedish Toxicology Sciences Research Center

Swedish Toxicology Sciences Research Center (Swetox) is a center for interdisciplinary research and education in toxicology sciences based on a collaboration between eleven Swedish universities, i.e. University of Gothenburg, Karlstad University, Karolinska Institutet, Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Stockholm University, Umeå University, Uppsala University and Örebro University, with its hub at Swetox Södertälje.
The vision of Swetox is “A chemical safe world”. The aim is to contribute to the development of safe chemicals, a sustainable environment and improved human health. Swetox also aims to facilitate academic education in toxicology sciences in Sweden and to meet societal needs for improved decision making in the areas of chemicals, health and environment.
For more information about Swetox and current research projects, visit www.swetox.se

Research Environment
The project will be carried out in the Epigenetic Toxicology team at the Swetox facilities in Södertälje with Dr. Joëlle Rüegg as principal investigator (PI). Swetox Södertälje provides a stimulating research environment and state-of-the-art equipment relevant for the project. Research at Swetox is focused on three main areas: Nanosafety, safety assessment of pharmaceuticals, and endocrine disrupting chemicals. Swetox Södertälje is also a unit at Karolinska Institutet and comprises around 50 employees. The Epigenetic Toxicology team consists of one postdoctoral fellow and one student in addition to Dr. Joëlle Rüegg. Some parts of the project will be performed at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) under the supervision of co-PI Dr. Anna Herland.

The position
The position is full time for 1 year with possibility for extension a second year.
The aim of the postdoctoral project is to assess the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on the blood brain barrier, both in human tissue and in in vitro models. The project includes biostatistical analyses of human data, extensive cell culture work, including stem cell and organ-on-chip models, as well as biochemical and molecular biological analyses. The successful candidate is expected to plan, perform, analyse, and interpret experiments independently. She/he is also expected to write scientific publications and participate in grant application writing. Furthermore, the successful candidate is expected to attend the scientific and other activities at Swetox Södertälje and engage in the societal perspective of this project, which includes contact with stakeholders such as NGOs and relevant authorities.

Entry requirements
To qualify for this position, applicants must hold a PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry, toxicology or related science no more than seven years before the last date of employment as postdoc. Deductible time from this limit includes documented parental leave, military service, or sickness.
Well-documented experience in cell biology, cell based, biochemical and molecular biological methods as well as biostatistical modeling using R is required. Experience with stem cell models is highly advantageous. As the work will be carried out in an international interdisciplinary environment, excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required. Documented experience in scientific writing is required and experience in grant writing is advantageous. Documented societal engagement, e.g. in an NGO, is advantageous.
Emphasis will also be placed on personal qualities. We seek a highly motivated person with original, creative and analytical thinking and team spirit. Excellent collaboration and communication skills are required, and the applicant is expected to take initiative and work independently.

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

  1. 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
  2. A complete list of publications
  3. A summary of current work (no more than one page)
  4. Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.
Do not attach copies of original certificates or diplomas to the application, or copies of theses or publications. These will be asked for separately later on, if needed.
Pursuant to the regulations of the Swedish National Archives, applications are kept on file for two years after the appointment has gained legal force. The regulations do not apply to attachments that have been printed or otherwise published.
Karolinska Institutet and Swetox strive to provide a workplace that has approximately the same number of women and men, is free of discrimination and offers equal opportunity to everyone.
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Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Södertälje
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-792/2018
  • Joëlle Rüegg / PI, +46 8 524-885 18
Union representative
  • Torkel Falkendal, SACO, +46 8 524 838 68
Published 14.Feb.2018
Last application date 07.Mar.2018 11:59 PM CET

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