Postdoctoral Researcher in Chemical and Genetic Screens

Karolinska Institute Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

ONE Postdoctoral Researcher in chemical and genetic screens

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The “Cancer Therapy” group at the Karolinska Institutet – SciLifeLab, led by Prof. Oscar Fernandez-Capetillo is looking for postdoc candidates, with proven experience in cell and molecular biology and that want to expand their training towards phenotypic chemical and genetic screens related to cancer and other age-related diseases. Our research combines image-based chemical screenings and CRISPR-Cas9 based genetic screens to find genes or chemicals that can be of help in fighting against age-related diseases currently lacking a cure. Our research group is an international team surrounded by strong national facilities and actively collaborates with other competitive national and international research groups.

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Division/Research group

Our group is integrated in the "Genome Biology" Division at Karolinska Institutet, together with other competitive groups that work in areas such as DNA repair, epigenetics, advanced imaging or genomics ( Our own groups´ aim is to capitalize on our expertise in High-Content Imaging to conduct genetic and chemical screens that can help us discover new strategies to combat human disease. At SciLifeLab, our team is surrounded by other world leaders in various biomedical research areas, and has access to national facilities for proteomics, microscopy, next generation sequencing etc.

Your mission

We are currently looking for a postdoctoral scientist to join our team with a Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or other relevant fields. We are specifically looking for a highly motivated scientist that is looking to complement his skills with experience in large chemical and genetic screens, and that has the capacity to independently develop a scientific research project that relies mostly on cell and molecular biology technologies. In addition, it is expected that the candidate will help in the training of students. Other valuable skills such as writing or presenting capacities or social skills will also be appreciated.

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.

Bases of assessment
Scientific merit is the essential basis of our assessment. All applications will be internally reviewed, and the assessment done according to the applicant’s competence (publications, experience, distinctions, and other relevant research merits). The applicant must have a strong background in cell and molecular biology. Experience in cancer research and/or high-throughput imaging and screenings would help but is not a must. Selected applicants will be interviewed at a second stage before making the final decision.

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.

Location: Solna, SciLifeLab


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 19th of September 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
First day of employment Upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-3558/2021
Per Moberg,
Union representative
Hongyan Xia, SACO,
Anurupa Nagchowdhury, OFR,
Published 18.Aug.2021
Last application date 19.Sep.2021 11:59 PM CEST