Karolinska Institutet (KI)

Postdoctoral studies in Translational Microbiome Research (scholarship)

Karolinska Institutet (KI)

Solna, Sweden

CTMR started in January 2016 as a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The center builds on a deep understanding of translational microbiome research and has established a broad technical, biological, clinical and epidemiological platform for studying complex microbiological communities in well-defined human materials. A part of the infrastructure at Karolinska Institutet is established within the Clinical Genomics facility at SciLifeLab with access to high-throughput next-generation sequencing capacity. The collaboration forms a solid foundation for understanding the contribution of the microbiome to normal physiology and pathophysiology and opens opportunities for development of novel therapies to address gastroenterology, reproductive health and neonatology.

The Center aims at creating a scientific translational environment with a broad interdisciplinary approach to the interface between clinical epidemiology and the microbiological, immunological and genetic aspects of the human microbiome and its association to health and disease.

Juan Du’s laboratory at CTMR focuses on vaginal microbiome studies as well as bacteriophage as a tool to shape microbiota systems. Immunity response and microRNA studies are also carried out to understand microbe-host interactions.

The student is expected to play a major role in scientific hypothesis, experiments, bioinformatics analysis, presentation of results and manuscript preparation. The candidate will work on several projects regarding roles of microbiota in cancer development, women health as well as phage therapy targeting microbiota. The projects involve a range of microbiology and molecular biology techniques in the field of women infections and health, including bacterial phage, microbiota culture and analysis.

Entry requirements
We are seeking highly motivated students who have a strong interest in microbiota and related research. Previous research experience related to tumor biology and microbiota are considered as an advantage. A background in bioinformatics analysis is highly appreciated. The applicants should have good communication skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in a team of scientists. Emphasis will be placed on documented ability and previous experience in laboratory work. Excellent skills in speech and writing, including scientific writing in English are required.

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.

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

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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