Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, Katajisto (PKA)

The Department of Biosciences and Nutrition performs research and education in several areas of medical science including bioorganic chemistry, molecular endocrinology, cancer biology, functional genomics, systems biology, epigenetics, structural biochemistry, cellular virology, and nutrition. It offers an excellent international research and working environment, including around 300 scientists, students, administrative and technical personnel. The Department resides in the new biomedical research building Neo, aimed at being a creative and open environment that enables meetings, synergies, and exploration of areas of mutual interest across disciplines.

The research group of Dr. Pekka Katajisto works on animal and cellular models to study tissue stem cells and aging. Projects are funded for example by grants from the Center for Innovative Medicine, and the Wallenberg Academy Fellows program. The laboratory is seeking candidates to further develop the enthusiastic research environment.

The successful candidate is expected to design and conduct research experiments on a new research project aiming to investigate the role of cellular metabolism on cell fate decision mechanisms in adult oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs). This will require solid expertise in cellular metabolism and cell culture work, both primary and cell lines. Moreover, he/she is expected to conduct live imaging experiments of mitochondria using confocal and widefield microscopy, and will also employ molecular biology and biochemical techniques such as qPCR analysis, siRNA knock-down, lentiviral targeting, immunocytochemistry, western blot, flow cytometry/FACS. The candidate will also contribute to student supervision, preparation of manuscripts, grant writing and data management.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in a relevant field and demonstrate wide experience in metabolic/mitochondrial studies in brain cells and stem cells. Solid knowledge of neurobiology, particularly, glial cell metabolism and OPC differentiation pathways is desirable in order to expand research on adult brain stem cells in the lab. He/she must be highly motivated and organized, with proven excellent communication skills and ability to produce high-quality experimental results. Experience in student supervision is a plus.
Emphasis will be placed on personal characteristics such as sociability, responsibility, flexibility, collaboration and problem solving skills.

Application process

The following documents should be attached to the application:

  • A personal letter
  • CV
  • Publication list
  • Names of two references with contact details.

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

At Karolinska Institutet a 6-month trial period is required for all permanent appointments.

Type of employment Tillsvidareanställning
Contract type Full time
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-4530/2018
  • Pekka Katajisto, Senior Researcher, +46-8-524 811 71
  • Thomas Tinglöv, Head of Administration, +46-8-524 835 49
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, +46-8-524 840 80
  • Birgitta Lindqvist, OFR, +46-8-524 810 28
Published 03.Sep.2018
Last application date 17.Sep.2018 11:59 PM CET

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