Karolinska Institutet,

The Department of Laboratory Medicine consists of 6 divisions and is active in many areas of Laboratory Medicine. The department is involved in advanced basic scientific, clinical and epidemiological research. The department is one of the largest departments of education at Karolinska Institutet.


A position for a postdoctoral fellow is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jaakko Patrakka at Karolinska Institute (KI) / AstraZeneca (AZ) Integrated Cardio Metabolic Centre (ICMC), Stockholm, Sweden. ICMC represents a unique opportunity for academic researchers to collaborate with scientists from the pharmaceutical industry to make cutting edge science and discover the next generation of medicines. More information about ICMC can be found at http://ki.se/en/medh/integrated-cardio-metabolic-centre-icmc.


The focus of the project is to explore molecular mechanisms behind glomerular diseases, with special emphasis on diabetic nephropathy. The ultimate goal is, in collaboration with AstraZeneca, to identify novel therapeutical targets and to develop new pharmaceutical compounds to treat diabetic nephropathy. We perform high throughput molecular profiling of human kidney biopsies and use primarily mouse and cell culture as experimental models.

We are seeking enthusiastic applicants who have a thorough training in molecular and cell biology. Previous experience with mouse work is an advantage. Candidates should have excellent laboratory and organizational skills, be keen to advance the project and have a proven publication record. The selected candidate will work as part of a team, in close collaboration with other postdocs and graduate students.

Entry requirements

Scholarships for postdoctoral qualification can be established for foreign researchers who place their qualifications in Sweden. The purpose of scholarships for postdoctoral qualification is to promote internationalization and contribute to research qualification after a doctorate or equivalent. A scholarship for carrying out postdoctoral research can be granted for a maximum of two years within a four year period following the receipt of a doctoral degree or equivalent. To be eligible for a postdoctoral scholarship, the person must have obtained a doctorate or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctorate. The head of the department determines whether their previous training and scholarly qualifications correspond to a Swedish doctorate or higher.

Type of scholarship

A scholarship for carrying out postdoctoral research can be granted for a maximum of two years within a four year period following the receipt of a doctoral degree or equivalent. The amount is tax free and it is set for twelve months at a time, paid out on a six months basis. In exceptional cases, shorter periods may be acceptable.

Application process

An application must contain the following documents in English:

  1. Curriculum vitae and qualifications, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio (http://ki.se/meritportfolj )
  2. A complete list of publications
  3. A summary of current work (no more than one page)

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

Reference number 2-4835/2018
Published 10.Sep.2018
Last application date 01.Oct.2018 11:59 PM CET

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