Postdoctoral studies in Basic and Clinical Muscle Biology (scholarship)

Karolinska Institutet,

At the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology we teach and conduct internationally acclaimed, high-quality research in Physiology, Pharmacology, Anesthesiology and Intensive care. We have around 400 employees, 30 research groups, and 90 doctoral students. Our research fields include cellular signaling, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, neuropsychopharmacology, neuroinflammation, pharmacogenetics, regenerative medicine, Renal System, anesthesiology and intensive care, muscle physiology and pain. Our collaboration with the clinics at Karolinska University Hospital provides unique opportunities for translational research within our subjects. More information about research at

Basic and Clinical Muscle Biology group:Regulation of muscle contraction at the cell and motor protein levels are investigated in both health and disease in experimental and clinical studies. Currently, there is a specific focus on the mechanisms underlying the impaired skeletal muscle function in intensive care unit (ICU) patients exposed to long term mechanical ventilation and immobilization, i.e., the critical illness myopathy (CIM) and the ventilator induced diaphragm muscle dysfunction (VIDD).  This research is aiming at: (a) unravelling underlying mechanisms, (b) improve diagnosis/monitoring and (c) introduce specific intervention strategies targeting underlying mechanisms.

Participate in long-term experimental ICU studies involving extensive monitoring. Analyses of regulation of muscle contraction at the cell and motor protein levels. Participate in clinical studies on mechanically ventilated ICU patients.

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.

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 employment 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. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Its vision is to significantly contribute to the improvement of human health. Karolinska Institutet accounts for the single largest share of all academic medical research conducted in Sweden and offers the country’s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet selects the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.
Pursuant to the regulations of the Swedish National Archives, applications are kept on file for two years after the appointment has gained legal force. The regulations do not apply to attachments that have been printed or otherwise published.
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First day of employmentEnligt överrenskommelse
Reference number2-7292/2018
Contact Lars Larsson, professor/överläkare, 08-524 872 95,
Union representativeBo Rydqvist, SACO, 08-524 872 67, bo.rydqvist@ki.seNiklas Andersson, OFR, niklas.andersson@ki.seHenry Wölling, SEKO,
Last application date08.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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Post expires on Friday February 8th, 2019