1-2 Postdoctoral researchers in Mitochondrial Biology

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 22 Dec 2023

3 Dec 2023
Job Information

Karolinska Institutet (KI)
Research Field

Chemistry » Biochemistry
Chemistry » Molecular chemistry
Biological sciences » Laboratory animal science
Medical sciences » Other
Physics » Biophysics
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

22 Dec 2023 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Applications are invited for the postdoctoral positions in the group of Joanna Rorbach at the Division of Molecular Metabolism, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. The positions is open for both Postdoctoral scholarship and Postdoctoral employment.

The Division of Molecular Metabolism (http://ki.se/en/mbb/research-divisionof-molecular-metabolism , http://ki.se/en/mbb ), is located in Biomedicum, Solna campus of Karolinska Institutet. The research at the division aims at understanding the regulation of mitochondrial function and the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in disease. The current research encompasses biochemical and genetic studies of patients with inherited diseases as well as basic scientific approaches to understand the regulation of mtDNA expression and other aspects of mitochondrial metabolism.

Research background

Mitochondria are sub-cellular organelles essential for eukaryotic cell function, and their dysfunction has been implicated in a variety of hereditary diseases, ageing, cancer and immunity. The correct expression of mitochondrial DNA is essential for mitochondrial function. The aim of studies in Rorbach group is to identify the pathways and factors important to human diseases and improve our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of mitochondrial function. We employ diverse model systems and multidisciplinary approaches to address these questions, including cryo-EM, high-throughput gene targeting, proteomics and RNASeq-based ribosome profiling. For future information, visit https://molmet.ki.se/rorbach or contact Dr Joanna Rorbach, e-mail: [email protected] .

Your profile

  • Enthusiastic and motivated applicants should have a strong background in structural and/or molecular biology.
  • Specific experience in mitochondrial biology is an advantage, given the nature of the research, but is not a requirement.
  • The successful applicant should be knowledgeable of biological advancements, demonstrate a promising publication record, and have a rigorous scientific approach.
  • The candidate should be able to work independently and interactively in a team and collaborative settings, as our research group collaborates with several international laboratories.

Entry requirements (employment or scholarship)


To be eligible for employment as a postdoctor a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree is required. This eligibility requirement must be fulfilled at the latest at the time of the employment decision. It is considered as an advantage if you have completed your doctoral degree within the last three years, if there are special reasons, your degree may have been completed earlier.


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. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) start date of the post doctoral education.

Type of scholarship

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.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment with wide-ranging expertise and interests. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. At KI, you get to meet researchers working with a wide range of specialisms and methods, giving you ample opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with the various scientific fields within medicine and health. It is the crossover collaborations, which have pushed KI to where it is today, at the forefront of global research. Several of the people you meet in healthcare are educated at KI. A close relationship with the health care providers is important for creating groundbreaking top quality education and research. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several benefits through our collective agreement.

The Division of Molecular Metabolism offers an outstanding research environment and a close interaction between basic science, clinical science and diagnostics at the Centre for Inherited Metabolic Diseases (CMMS) at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. Excellent access to the most advanced resources in structural, molecular and cell biology is available at the Institute and at the national core facilities at the Science for Life Laboratory (https://www.scilifelab.se ).

Biomedicum, Solna



An employment application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  • A complete resumé, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)

Welcome to apply at the latest December 22nd

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


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