Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Molecular Structural Biology

Description of research group and project:


Possibly more than 50% of the human genome codes for non-coding RNA. These RNAs are ubiquitous among all life forms and the mechanisms how non-coding RNAs regulate these cellular functions are largely unknown.
Our research group is interested in understanding how RNAs adopt their structures in order to select specific functions in a pool if RNAs. We employ different biochemical and biophysical techniques (e.g. EMSA, NMR, UV melting experiments), to investigate the molecular mechanism of RNA function (Nature 2012 & 2015).

(A) The Postdoc will work on a collaborative project together with the Lab from E.R. Andersson (andersonlab.com) and will therefore be working on an interface from molecular biology to biophysical/biochemical methods.
(B) The Postdoc will work on a project to study RNA biophysics in cellular conditions. Therefore the Postdoc will establish and develop biophysical, biochemistry and molecular biology methods for this task.
You will work in a team together with other lab members and regularly present your research work in lab-meetings, seminars and at international conferences.

The Department:
The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics conducts a broad spectrum of biomedical research and education within medical biochemistry and biophysics. Presently our department consists of 12 research divisions with a total of approximately 450 employees.
We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoc that will work in Katja Petzold’s group at the Division of Molecular Structural Biology.

To apply for the position, the applicant must have a PhD degree not older than 4 years. Scholarships for carrying out postdoctoral research may be granted to persons living in other countries who come to Sweden with the intention of only staying in Sweden for all or part of their postdoctoral education at KI. Persons who are resident in Sweden and/or have carried out all or part of their academic education at KI or some other educational institution in Sweden cannot be considered for scholarships from KI. This educational scholarship is tax-exempt.
To qualify, the applicant should have a background in biochemistry and biophysics of RNA with an interest in inter-disciplinary research. Of advantage are knowledge in NMR and/or molecular biology, but not required.

We are looking for a highly motivated, well organized, driven and enthusiastic person interested in our area of research, who is ready to explore new avenues in science. The candidate should have a high degree of independence but should also show a collaborative approach to research and be able to work productively in a team. Fluency in English is a requirement (written and oral).

How to apply:

  • CV max. 3 pages,
  • copies of degree certificate and associated certificates,
  • complete publication list with links to degree project and any previous publications
  • a summary of current work (max. 1 page),
  • contact information of at least two references,
  • Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labor unions or student organizations, parental leave or similar circumstances,
  • a brief letter of motivation (max. ½ page).

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system. Direct contact to the lab cannot be considered

The position is for one year with possibility of one year extension. Salary is a tax-exempt scholarship. The qualifications of the applicants will be evaluated on an overall basis. Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability and previous experience.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Upon agreement
Salary monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-5337/2018
  • Katja Petzold, +46 8-524 876 47 / katja.petzold@ki.se
Union representative
  • Anne Edgren, OFR/S, P, O, 08-524 87570
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75 , biborka.bveress@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 04.Oct.2018
Last application date 21.Nov.2018 11:59 PM CET

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