Postdoctoral Researcher in Adipose Biology

Stockholm, Sweden
08 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Karolinska Institutet

The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) is a department with a strong focus on basic science. CMB conducts research and education in cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, stem cell biology, cancer and infection biology.


Applications are invited for a post-doctoral employment in the research group of Kirsty Spalding, at the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. The Spalding group works as part of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and the Integrated Cardio Metabolic Centre; a newly formed collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and Astra Zeneca, providing a stimulating environment of diverse metabolic experts.


Using pioneering approaches such a single cell sequencing, radiocarbon dating and flow cytometry we investigate fundamental questions in human adipose biology. How adipocytes respond and contribute to metabolic disease is investigated at a single cell and whole organ level. Relevant topics include (i) the distribution and browning potential of white human adipocytes (ii) adipocyte heterogeneity within white adipose depots, as well as between adipocytes from different fat depots and (iii) the pathological contribution of adipocytes to metabolic disease.

The postdoctoral employment will provide an opportunity to learn a broad range of advanced methods and to participate in collaborations with academic and clinical partners. 

Entry requirements

To qualify the applicant must have a PhD and expertise in the field of adipose biology. Knowledge of immunocytochemistry, confocal microscopy, primary tissue culture, flow cytometry or next generation sequencing (such RNA-seq) is an advantage. An ability to work independently is vital, however the project is heavily integrated into other projects in the lab and thus an ability to work as part of a team is required. Good English oral and writing skills are a must.

Application process

An employment application must contain the following documents in English:

  1. A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position and academic distinctions
  2. A complete list of publications
  3. A brief letter explaining your interest in the position and background experience that makes you suitable for the position. Indicate a potential starting date
  4. Name and contacts of three referees

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.
Pursuant to the regulations of the Swedish National Archives, applications are kept on file for two years after the appointment has gained legal force. The regulations do not apply to attachments that have been printed or otherwise published.

Karolinska Institutet strives to provide a workplace that has approximately the same number of women and men, is free of discrimination and offers equal opportunity to everyone.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-5384/2018
Contact Kirsty Spalding,
Union representative

  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75 ,
  • Magnus Anå, OFR, 08-524 864 37,
  • Elisabeth Valenzuela, SEKO, 08-524 863 53,

Published 08.Oct.2018
Last application date 06.Nov.2018 11:59 PM CET