Postdoc in exploring epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity as a biomarker in breast cancer (scholarship)

Updated: 4 months ago

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The Department of Laboratory Medicine at Karolinska Institutet offers a strong, dynamic and international research environment with top-of-the-line equipment and facilities. The candidate will  in the group of Assoc. Professor Jonas Fuxe and will have access to unique breast cancer cohorts and collaboration with other researchers at KI and Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab).


The research conducted at the Division of Pathology ranges from the fundamental to improved treatments and diagnostic tools for cancer, cardiovascular and lung diseases. Research is cross-boundary and uses established and modern methods to understand causes and mechanisms for development and progression of various disease conditions. Research in pathology is closely linked to the clinical diagnostic services in clinical pathology and cytology, which are part of laboratory medicine. The clinical samples are extensively used for research purposes, and an increasing number of samples are stored in biobanks for future analyses. Teaching in pathology is provided both at the basic and advanced undergraduate levels and occupies a central position in education to physicians and dentists.


The Fuxe group studies epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity (EMP) as a link between inflammation and cancer metastasis. We are therefore seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral fellow interested in translational cancer research with focus on onco-immunology. More specifically, the project aims to explore using recently identified EMP markers as a diagnostic tool to identify early signs of cancer invasion and metastasis. The postdoc will work under direct supervision of Fuxe whom currently is expanding his research group at the Division of Pathology. However, the candidate will also work closely with the other group members, who are PhD students and postdocs with different educational and geographical backgrounds.

Entry requirements

Scholarships to pursue postdoctoral studies can be awarded to foreign researchers who are interested in doing a research period in Sweden. The purpose of scholarships postdoctoral education is to promote internationalization and contribute to research qualification after a PhD 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 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 are fulfilled before the intended starting date of the postdoctoral scholarship.

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


  • The postdoctoral fellow is expected to plan, execute, and analyze experiments in an independent manner, and in collaboration with other researchers.
  • PhD in tumor biology, immunology, medicine, biomedicine, or another relevant field.
  • Good ability to communicate in English (written and oral) is a must.
  • Experience in systems biology and bioinformatics is a strong merit.
  • Documented molecular and cellular biology skills is highly desirable, including multiparameter flow cytometry analysis and sorting, confocal imaging analysis etc.
  • Preferrably with experiences in 3D cell culture/primary tissue culture, and mouse modeling.
  • Interested in understanding cancer biology/immunology and the implementation of research findings in a clinical setting.

Location: Flemingsberg

Type of scholarship

The amount is tax free and it is set for twelve months at a time, paid out monthly. 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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