The Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS) conducts research and education in the field of neuroscience from the molecular level to the society level. The clinical research and education is conducted in collaboration with other research groups from the Karolinska Institutet, with other universities as well as the Stockholm County Council.
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Within the Section of Translational Neuropharmacology, headed by Professor Per Svenningsson, we are investigating different aspects of Parkinson’s disease from aetiology to the development of the novel therapies. Research projects include a broad range of in vivo and in vitro studies, which enables us to translate results from lab benches to clinics.


Parkinson’s disease is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative diseases, affecting 1% of the population over 60 years of age. Despite intensive investigation, there is no cure and current treatments are palliative, mostly focused on improving the quality of life of the patient – they do not halt the neurodegeneration in the brain. The successful applicant is expected to work on a project aiming at understanding the involvement of the unfolded protein response in the Parkinson’s disease. In particular, the applicant is expected to study the neuroprotective effect of the unfolded protein response in in vitro and in vivo models of Parkinson’s disease. Independence and strong motivation are expected throughout the project. Candidates will be encouraged to serve as mentors for exam students and co-mentors for PhD students, thus building their experience for future leadership.

Entry requirements

Applicant should have an academic degree and a PhD in the field of Pharmacology. The applicant should have a strong track record in neuropharmacology, specifically, and a demonstrable expertise in microsurgery, animal behavioural studies (preferably in the neuroscience field), tissue collection by cardiac perfusion, cell culture, immunohistochemistry, and protein quantification. A broad knowledge on transgenic animals is also advantageous. It will be of a strong merit for the applicant to have a FELASA C certificate. Applicant may have spent part of their education in a foreign country, bringing international experience and a strong team spirit to the laboratory. The applicant has to be fluent in English, speaking and writing. Good skills in manuscript writing are also required.

A person is eligible to be appointed Assistant professor if he or she has been awarded a Degree of Doctor or has achieved the corresponding scientific competence. The persons appointed should primarily be the ones who have been granted a Degree of Doctor or have reached the corresponding competence no more than seven years before the end of the application period.

Bases of assessment
We stress scientific expertise when assessing applicants.

Application process
An application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish: Curriculum vitae, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio ( 

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

An Assistant professor position is a fixed-term position. The first employment should be two years, with a possible extension of two years after evaluation.

Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-1190/2018
  • Caisa Stilling, HR-administrator, 08-524 832 82
  • Per Svenningsson, Research group leader,
Union representative
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 08 - 517 733 37,
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124 127
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
Published 27.Feb.2018
Last application date 17.Mar.2018 11:59 PM CET

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