Postdoctoral Fellow in Neurochemistry

Stockholm University Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Postdoctoral Fellow in Neurochemistry 

Ref. No. SU FV-3742-20


at the Department och biochemistry and biophysics. Closing date: 15 December 2020.

SciLifeLab is a national center for molecular biosciences with focus on health and environmental research. The center combines frontline technical expertise with advanced knowledge of translational medicine and molecular bioscience. SciLifeLab is a national resource hosted by Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University. The center also collaborates with several other universities.

Project description

The Pollak Dorocic lab at Stockholm University/SciLifeLab studies the diversity of neuromodulatory neurons and circuits in the brain. We use a combination of molecular and system neuroscience tools to visualize, record and manipulate neural populations in order to understand their function and contribution to behavior. 

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in a vibrant and highly collaborative environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure.

For more information about our research check the Pollak Dorocic lab website.

Main responsibilities

The candidate will utilize transgenic mouse models to characterize novel neuronal subtypes with single-cell RNA sequencing, viral-genetic tools to visualize and map the connectivity of brain circuits, in vivo calcium imaging to record neural activity, and various manipulation methods including optogenetics to modulate neural activity during behavioral assays.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria

The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. Applicants should to have a scientific track record with peer-reviewed publication(s). Previous experience working with either molecular techniques, neuroanatomy, rodent behavior and/or bioinformatics is an advantage. Programming skills (MATLAB, Python, or R) and ability in data analysis and visualization is a strong advantage. Candidates with a strong interest in learning these techniques are also encouraged to apply. The position requires very good command of written and spoken English. Special attention will be given to the applicants personality.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date April 2021 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Further information about the position can be obtained from Iskra Pollak Dorocic

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 15/12/2020