Postdoctoral studies in single-cell genomics (scholarship)

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The position is based at unit of Molecular Neurobiology (MBB), at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, at the Patrik Ernfors research group . The Ernfors research group is interested in the neuronal organization of the ascending and descending pain pathways and the molecular alterations underlying sensitization during chronic pain. We are focused on mouse genetics, behavioral tests for pain and the relation between molecularly defined cell types and chromatin topology and pain and pain states, with the aim to provide insights which open for new analgesic strategies. Our research group has performed single nuclei/cell RNA-Seq and identified several cell states within the neuronal lineage in development and adult. However, much remains to be understood regarding cell and molecular basis of pain.


We have ongoing projects with single-cell genomics, and the successful candidates will be actively working in specific projects in Ernfors group with a special focus on central mechanisms of pain sensitivity, and the influence and modulation of it by mental states and/or stress. The successful candidates will be integrated in a multidisciplinary team comprising computational, mouse genetic, behavior and molecular biologists.

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. 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.

The head of the department determines whether their previous training and scholarly qualifications correspond to a Swedish doctorate or higher.

Location: Solna

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.

Application process

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

  • A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the PhD defense, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work (nor more than 4 pages).
  • A selected list of publications (no more than 2 pages).
  • A personal letter highlighting previous scientific accomplishments, technical expertise and why the candidate is interested in joining the host lab (no more than one page).
  • Verification from the thesis defense committee or the equivalent (only if the thesis defense is scheduled within three months after the application deadline).
  • 2 Reference letters (to be uploaded in Varbi if already available, or to be sent directly to after the first selection round).

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

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