Postdoctoral Study in Adipose Biology

Stockholm, Sweden
09 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
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 fellowship in the research group of Kirsty Spalding, at the Karolinska Institute, 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 Institute 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 fellowship will provide an opportunity to learn a broad range of advanced methods and to participate in collaborations with academic and clinical partners. 

Entry requirements

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 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. And 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.

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 ( )
  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 on 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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First day of employment as soon as possible
Reference number 2-5386/2018
Contact Kirsty Spalding,
Published 08.Oct.2018
Last application date 06.Nov.2018 11:59 PM CET