Postdoctoral studies in toxicology (scholarship)

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Programmed cell death is one of the most successfully developed area in biomedical research. Disturbances in this process are associated with pathogenesis of various disorders, including cancer. The search for targets in tumor cells, which activate their elimination, is essential for increasing the effectiveness of anticancer therapy. Active, motivated, and willing to focus on these research topic postdocs are welcome.


For many years the Division of Toxicology has focused on understanding of mechanisms of various cell death modalities and using this knowledge in order to understand the pathophysiology of cell-death associated diseases. We are looking for a qualified and enthusiastic person to join the research group of Professor Boris Zhivotovsky. The group is well-known in the field and published extensively in high impact journals. The candidate will also have a chance to collaborate with other groups within Karolinska Institutet and outside of Sweden.   


Many genes and proteins are known to be involved in the regulation of cell death. However, accumulated evidence suggested that many of these proteins might fulfill other intracellular functions. The postdoctoral project will be focused on investigation of non-cell death functions of some of these proteins.

This position requires experience in the field of cell death. The candidate should have considerable research experience in this field and familiar with respective cell and molecular biology, as well as biochemical methods. Advanced skills are needed for understanding of a link between the cell cycle and cell death phenomenon.

Fluent English and experience in publications are essential.

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 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)

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

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