The Department of Medicine, Huddinge, consisting of several diversified units has the core activities of research and education for medical and biomedical sciences. Integrated cardio metabolic center (ICMC) is the unit that mainly focuses on discovering and developing the next generation of medicines to treat cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

A postdoctoral research fellow position is available in the research group of Professor Kenneth Chien. The central scientific interest of his group is to understand heart development at the molecular and cellular level, with the ultimate goal of applying the developmental principles, logic, pathways, technology, and model systems to unravel human heart disease.


We are looking for a highly self-motivated and ambitious individual to elucidate cardiogenesis in animal models. The candidate is expected to work with animal heart disease models, cells and embryos and perform molecular- cell biology and imaging techniques. The candidate will be responsible for setting up and organizing the project and as such be responsible for his/her own academic and research activities, elaboration and test of hypothesis, adaptation of existing or new scientific techniques and data analysis.

Entry requirements

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 postdoc. Even those who have completed their degree earlier can be considered as priority if there are special reasons. Special reasons are; illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances. In total two years can be deducted for special reasons if there is certificates given.

The candidate must be fluent in English (both spoken and written), and demonstrate excellent communication skills, documented by participation in international meetings. The candidate’s personal skills will be highly valued.

Specific skills required

  • PhD in Molecular Medicine or Molecular Biology from a top-tier university
  • Strong background in angiogenesis and heart regeneration
  • Molecular cloning, especially in vitro RNA synthesis
  • Cryosection, immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy
  • Documented experience of gene manipulation methods, CRISPR/Cas9 technology
  • Experience in human stem cell culture and differentiation
  • Experience in design or improvement of cell and molecular biology experimental protocols
  • Documented experience of animal surgeries and disease models establishment

 Meriting skills

  • Experience in microangiography
  • Pathogenesis of heart diseases including myocardial infarction, infarction/reperfusion and heart failure


This is a full-time fixed-term appointment for 2 years with possibilities for extension depending on scientific progress. Position is available immediately.

Application process

An employment application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  1. 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
  2. A complete list of publications
  3. A summary of current work (no more than one page)
  4. Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances

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

Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-1931/2017
  • Katarina Drakenberg, katarina.drakenberg@ki.se
Union representative
  • Mats Rudling, SACO, mats.rudling@ki.se
  • Yvonne Edlund OFR/ST , yvonne.edlund@ki.se
Published 10.Apr.2017
Last application date 25.Apr.2017 11:59 PM CET

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