Overview of the Position

Novo Nordisk is funding a prestigious fellowship programme at Karolinska Institutet for postdoctoral research fellows. The programme is focused on research in diabetes and its comorbidities, endocrinology and metabolism. It aims to support the development of a new generation of exceptional young early career diabetes researchers, who will become future leaders in the field, while further developing scientific excellence within diabetes and ultimately improving the lives of patients. As part of this programme, we are looking to recruit 5 outstanding postdoctoral research fellows.

Based at Karolinska Institutet, fellows will undertake a cutting edge research project, mentored by world-leading researchers in the field of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism. In addition, it is anticipated that during the course of the fellowship, fellows will have the opportunity to spend up to 3 months in the research laboratories at Novo Nordisk outside Copenhagen, Denmark. Thus, fellows will gain insight into research conducted in both academia and industry. In order to increase coherence around the Fellowship programme, a number of events will be held throughout the year such as high profile lectures, symposia, etc. which the fellows will attend, both at Karolinska Institutet and at Novo Nordisk.

The fellowships are fully funded and salary is provided for a 3 year period. It is our intention that the fellowships will start in the autumn of 2017, though some flexibility with the start date might be possible.

Research Projects

The following 10 projects are available:

  1. Prinicipal Investigators Hjalmar Brismar and Anita Aperia Project Title A novel concept for origin and treatment of diabetic nephropathy
  2. Principal Investigator Christian Broberger Project Title The ventral premammillary nucleus: At the crossroads of metabolism and reproduction in the brain 
  3. Principal Investigator Sofia Carlsson  Project Title Prognosis of LADA‐latent autoimmune diabetes in adults and type 2 diabetes, influence of genes, lifestyle and treatment
  4. Prinicipal Investigators Carsten Daub, Mikael Rydén and Peter Arner Project Title Elucidating the molecular mechanisms behind impaired insulin-induced transcriptional regulation in human adipose tissue
  5. Prinicipal Investigators Rachel Fisher and Per Eriksson Project Title Identification and functional characterization of novel proteins involved in hepatic triglyceride metabolism in man
  6. Prinicipal Investigators Anna Krook and Juleen Zierath Project Title Maintaining skeletal muscle mass to prevent metabolic disease and promote healthy ageing
  7. Principal Investigator Ingo Leibiger Project Title The role of insulin receptor isoforms in selective insulin signaling in pancreatic beta cell physiology/pathology
  8. Prinicipal Investigators Stephen Malin and Göran Hansson Project Title The molecular and cellular consequences of acute hypercholesterolemia
  9. Principal Investigator Elisabet Stener-Victorin Project Title Maternal androgen excess and maternal obesity – Does it program for transgenerational metabolic, reproductive and behavioural disease?
  10. Principal Investigator Eckardt Treuter Project Title On the role of non-coding RNAs in the epigenomic control of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes

Full details on each project and contact information to the PIs can be found at: http://ki.se/en/srp-diabetes/novo-nordisk-fellowships

As part of your application, you must select up to three of the projects, ranking them in order of preference. You should indicate your preferences in your Personal Letter and provide a rationale for your particular selections. If your application is successful, we will aim to match you with your first choice of project, but this cannot be guaranteed.

Key responsibilities of the selected applicant:

  • Plan, manage and conduct an agreed academic research project and associated activities; taking direction from the principal investigator and other colleagues in the laboratory as appropriate.
  • Test hypotheses and analyse scientific data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining working hypotheses as appropriate.
  • Develop research questions, analyse detailed and complex qualitative and/or quantitative data from a variety of sources, and contribute original ideas for new research projects.
  • Coordinate multiple aspects of work to deliver novel research data in accordance with established timelines set between you and the principal investigator.
  • Develop ideas for generating research income, and present detailed research proposals to senior researchers.
  • Adapt existing and develop new scientific techniques and experimental protocols to support research.
  • Regularly write research articles at an international level for peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and reviews.
  • Formally present your research and represent the research group at internal, national and international conferences and meetings; either with other members of the team or alone.
  • Informally present your research to the group at established meetings.
  • Provide scientific input into the research group both at meetings and practically where requested or appropriate.
  • Act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on scientific protocols and experimental techniques.

Selection Criteria


  • A PhD in a medical/biological subject (to be completed in 2017), together with relevant experience
  • A person is eligible for a position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow if he or she has obtained a PhD no more than seven years before the last date of employment as a postdoctoral fellow.
  • The ability to manage your own academic research and associated activities.
  • A strong CV, having published in high impact journals and presented at international meetings.
  • Ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and research income generation.
  • Ability to work with meticulous attention to detail.
  • An enthusiastic interest in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism research.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and leadership, with the ability to communicate research ideas and results in a clear and logical way and the ability to confidently and effectively interact with colleagues and the broader research community.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • A conscientious and enthusiastic working approach.

How to apply

If you consider that you meet the selection criteria, click on the Login and apply button on this page and follow the on-screen instructions to register as a user. You will then be required to provide information in a number of screens with your application details, relating to your skills and experience. When prompted, please provide details of three references (whom can be contacted if the applicant is invited to an interview). You will also be required to upload a CV and Personal Letter which explains how you meet the selection criteria for the post. The Personal Letter (maximum two pages) should explain your relevant experience which may have been gained in employment, education, or you may have taken time away from these activities as illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances. Additionally, your Personal Letter should also include a rationale for the 3 projects you have selected and justify your order of preference. Your application will be judged in part on the basis of how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria outlined above and we are happy to consider evidence of transferable skills or experience which you may have gained outside the context of paid employment or education.

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The application is to be submitted through the MyNetwork recruitment system.

The closing date for applications is midnight CEST on 23 April 2017.

Interviews will be held in June 2017.

Working at Karolinska Institutet

For further information about working at Karolinska Institutet, rules for visa/residence permit, insurance and accommodation please see:  https://internwebben.ki.se/en/checklist-incoming-postdocs-and-visiting-researchers

Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 5
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-1511/2017
Union representative
  • Torkel Falkenberg, SACO, 08-524 838 68
  • Anne Edgren, OFR/S, P, O, 08-616 16 29
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 15.Mar.2017
Last application date 23.Apr.2017 11:59 PM CET

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