Postdoc in neurosciences, Karolinska Institutet

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Karolinska Institutet
invites applications for a
Postdoc in neurosciences

Department of Oncology-Pathology

Area of responsibilities/description of the work
A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Bertrand Joseph at the Department of Oncology-Pathology, to work on a project examining the role of caspase in microglia activation and dopaminergic neuron loss in Parkinson’s disease/Alzheimer’s disease. Our research team recently discovered a novel caspase-dependent signaling pathway controlling microglia activation (recently published in Nature). The project includes experiments with appropriate animal models, in vitro studies on cell lines and several other methods used in molecular biology.
The position is initially for 1 year with a possible extension for 2 years, depending on the performance and progress of the project.
The project is based on molecular and cell biology techniques and different animal models. Responsibilities include management of laboratory animals and to conduct studies in experimental animal model systems.

To qualify, the applicant must hold a doctor’s degree or a foreign qualification deemed equivalent to a doctorate. Applicants who have completed their degree no more than three years before the last date for applications should be given priority. Candidates who have completed their degree earlier than this should receive equal priority if special grounds exist.
Applications are welcome from experienced scientist, with experience in fields of neuroscience and cell death. Candidates should have an excellent track record and experience in standard molecular and cell biology techniques. Previous experience with caspase enzymes, microglia and Parkinson’s disease/Alzheimer’s disease is considered as an advantage for this project. We are searching for an experienced postdoc who can work independently. Candidates should be highly motivated, creative and capable of contributing productively as part of a team. The candidate should have good communication skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in a team. Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability. Excellent ability to express themselves in speech and writing in English is a requirement.

Form of employment:
Fixed term employment with possibility to extension

Contact persons
Dr. Mimmi Shoshan, +46 8-517 75460,
Union representatives:
SACO: Mimmi Shoshan, +46-8-517754 60,
OFR: Birgitta Mörk, +46-8-51770584,
SEKO: Gunnar Stenberg, +46-8-52488075,

Please send your application, marked with reference number 6747/2011, to reach us by no later than November 20 2011 to KI jobb or,
to The following documents 1. A full CV, including date of public defense, title of thesis, previous academic appointments, academic title, current position, academic distinctions and committee work
2. A full publication list
3. A brief outline of your current work (max. one page)
4. Certificates testifying to sickness, service in the total defense, positions of trust in trade union organizations and student organizations, parental leave or similar circumstances
5. Verification from the Dissertation Committee or equivalent body (only if you are planning to defend your thesis within three months after the application deadline)
6. Must be submitted with your application, and written in English or Swedish:

See Karolinska Institutet�s homepage at for information about the qualification portfolio.
Please note that one copy of all documents will be kept by the college for a period of two years, in accordance with a directive from the National Archives. Published material submitted for review is excepted from this rule.

Karolinska Institutet aims to promote equal opportunities by encouraging a balanced gender distribution. We also value the qualities that ethnic and cultural diversity can contribute to the university.

The main objectives of the Department of Oncology-Pathology are basic, translational and clinical research and educational activities related to cancer. Approximately 300 people from over 40 nations are currently working at the department. 37 research groups with various cancer research profiles are involved and we have around 120 PhD students. The Department of Oncology-Pathology is responsible for undergraduate courses in Pathology, Oncology and Forensic Medicine for medical students, as well as for Tumor biology courses for biomedicine students and Pathology courses for opticians. 
Karolinska Institutet is one of the world�s leading medical
universities. Its mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education. Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country�s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.
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