Postdoctoral Fellowship

Stockholm, Sweden
14 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

At the Department of Oncology-Pathology basic, translational and clinical research and educational activities related to cancer is carried out. Approximately 300 people from over 40 nations are currently working at the department. 37 research groups with various cancer research profiles are involved and we have around 120 PhD students. The Department of Oncology-Pathology is responsible for undergraduate courses in Pathology, Oncology and Forensic Medicine for medical students, as well as for Tumor biology courses for biomedicine students and Pathology courses for opticians.

We are seeking outstanding candidates for two to three post-doctoral fellowships dedicated to explore the role of the epigenome and 3-dimensional nuclear architecture in the emergence of cancer stem-like cell states in breast cancer from entirely novel perspectives. The fellowship period is for one year with possibility of extension for one more year.

Division and duties
The successful applicant is expected to drive a postdoctoral project in the labs of Anita Göndör and Rolf Ohlsson, as well as to participate in collaborative efforts within an interdisciplinary consortium consisting of five laboratories including pre-clinical, clinical and computer scientists. This consortium is aiming at uncovering hitherto unknown therapeutic targets in breast cancer, and is supported by a five-year grant from a major supporter of Swedish science, the KA Wallenberg Foundation. The successful applicant will employ state-of-the-art epigenomic techniques adapted to the analyses of single cells and single cell RNA-seq, and join a lab currently consisting of 5 PhD students, 4 postdocs and four affiliated professors.

Our lab is equipped with a Mi-seq machine and a 5-color confocal microscope, and is located within the Theme Cancer section of Bioclinicum at Karolinska Institutet.

For further information about our work, please consult the following recent publications: CD Mallet de Lima and Göndör A. Science 2018 Mar 16; 359(6381):1212-1213; Zhao et al, Mol Cell 59:984-97 (2015); Feinberg, Koldobiskiy and Göndör, Nature Review Genetics 17:284-99 (2016); Göndör and Ohlsson, Nature 2009; Sumida et al, BioRxiv 2018 doi:

Entry requirements
A person is eligible for a tax-free postdoctoral fellowship if he or she has obtained a PhD no more than two years before the last date of employment as postdoc. A prolongation beyond this two-year limit is possible. 

A PhD in relevant research areas (molecular and cellular biology) is mandatory. A strong scientific track record, supported by published papers particularly on the subject of chromatin research in well-recognized peer-reviewed journals and previous experience in chromatin research is advantageous. A high level of organizational and communicative skills, as well as an ability to independently perform experiments and implement interpretation of data is mandatory.

Application process
An employment application must contain the following documents in English:

  1. A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defense, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and any 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 labor unions or student organizations, parental leave or similar circumstances
  5. Verification from the thesis defense committee or the equivalent (only if the thesis defense is scheduled within three months after the application deadline)

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

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Its vision is to significantly contribute to the improvement of human health. Karolinska Institutet accounts for the single largest share of all academic medical research conducted in Sweden and offers the country’s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet selects the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.
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Type of employment Postdoctoral scholarship
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-2212/2018

  • Anita Göndör,
  • Rolf Ohlsson,

Union representative

  • Andreas Lundqvist, SACO, 08 517 768 84,
  • Helen Eriksson, OFR, 08 517 762 79
  • Mimmi Shoshan, SACO, 08 517 754 60

Published 13.Sep.2018
Last application date 25.Oct.2018 11:59 PM CET