Postdoctoral Fellowship in Oncology-Pathology

Karolinska Institute Department of Oncology-Pathology

Postdoctoral fellowship in a KA Wallenberg consortium dedicated to explore the molecular origins of breast cancer (scholarship) 

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Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Its mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education. Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country's broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate for a post-doctoral fellowship dedicated to explore the role of the epigenome and 3-dimensional nuclear architecture in the emergence of cancer stem-like cell states in breast cancer from entirely novel perspectives. The successful applicant is expected to drive a postdoctoral project in the labs of Anita Göndör and Rolf Ohlsson at the department of Oncology and Pathology, as well as to participate in collaborative efforts within an interdisciplinary consortium consisting of five laboratories including pre-clinical, clinical and computer scientists. This consortium is aiming at uncovering hitherto unknown therapeutic targets in breast cancer, and is supported by a five-year grant from a major supporter of Swedish science, the KA Wallenberg Foundation. Our lab is equipped with a Mi-seq machine and a 5-color confocal microscope, and is located within the Theme Cancer section of BioClinicum at Karolinska Institutet.

For further information about our work, please consult a selection of reports from our labs: Nature genetics 51: 1723-1731 (2019); Science 359:1212-1213 (2018); Mol Cell 59:984-97 (2015); Nature Review Genetics 17:284-99 (2016); Nature 2009; Sumida et al, BioRxiv 2018 doi:

The successful applicant will employ state-of-the-art epigenomic techniques adapted to the analyses of single cells and single cell RNA-seq, and join a lab currently consisting of 4 PhD students, 7 postdocs and four affiliated professors.

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.

Other requirements
A PhD in relevant research areas (molecular and cellular biology) is mandatory. A strong scientific track record, supported by published papers particularly on the subject of chromatin research in well-recognized peer-reviewed journals and previous experience in chromatin research is advantageous. A high level of organizational and communicative skills, as well as an ability to independently perform experiments and implement interpretation of data is mandatory. Proficiency in written and spoken English i required.

Location: Solna, BioClinicum

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 October 1, 2020
Reference number 2-847/2020
Anita Göndör,
Rolf Ohlsson,
Union representative
Andreas Lundqvist, SACO, 08-517 768 84
Helen Eriksson, OFR, 08-524 823 38
Published 17.Feb.2020
Last application date 12.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET