Postdoc in Vascular Biology at Stockholm, Sweden

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Amar Annamalai
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Postdoc in Vascular Biology at Stockholm, Sweden

The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics conducts multidisciplinary research in Biomedicine and education within biochemistry and biophysics. Presently our department consists of 11 research divisions with a total of approximately 300 employees. We are now looking for a highly motivated person with a background in molecular biology/cell biology/bio-technology to join the Nyqvist lab within the Division of Vascular Biology. You will be part of a very interactive environment consisting of six other research groups (Christer Betsholtz, Ulf Eriksson, Kristian Pietras, Jonas Fuxe, Johan Björkegren and Lars Jakobsson) with a total of approximately 50 employees.
Our aim is to identify and characterize signaling pathways that play a critical role for vascular function and dysfunction in health and disease. We study blood vessel formation (angiogenesis) and function during development and in pathophysiological conditions such as tumor angiogenesis and retinopathy.
The project focuses on elucidating the role of canonical Wnt/β−catenin signaling for vascular growth and function. The work will include the use of genetically modified mouse models with inducible gain- and loss-of-function mutations in combination with models of developmental and tumor angiogenesis. Fluorescent reporter models in combination with live cell confocal imaging, both in vivo and ex vivo, will also be applied to analyze endothelial cell physiology.
The successful candidate is expected to develop leading research in the area of vascular biology using both in vivo and in vitro models. Independence and strong motivation are expected throughout the project. Candidates will be encouraged to serve as mentors for exam students and co-mentors for Ph.D. students, thus building their experience for future leadership.
To qualify, the applicant must hold a doctor’s degree or a foreign qualification deemed equivalent to a doctorate in the field of molecular biology, cell biology, biotechnology or similar.
Previous experience in vascular biology, in vivo mouse experimentation, tissue culture, molecular biology techniques, microarray and confocal microscopy is considered to be an advantage. Lab experience from outside of Sweden is considered a strong merit.
The candidate should be self-motivated and driven, have good communication skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in a team. Fluency in English is a requirement.
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. Postgraduates who have yet to graduate may apply if their public defense is scheduled to take place within three months after the application deadline, in which case verification from the Dissertation Committee or equivalent body must be submitted with the application. The position is available for 2 years with possible extension for 1-2 years, from February, 2013.
The application should contain the following documents in English:
1) A personal letter, complete CV including date of dissertation, the title of the thesis, academic title, previous academic positions and present position.
2) A complete list of publications
3) Brief summary of present and previous work (maximum two pages)
4.Verification for accreditation of illness, military service, work for trade unions and student organizations, parental leave or other similar circumstances
5.Verification from the Dissertation Committee or equivalent (only if the defense is scheduled within three months after the application deadline)
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.

Deadline: February 03, 2013

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