Postdoctoral Fellow Position, Karolinska Institute, Medical Biochemistry & Biophysics Dept.


Possibly more than 50% of the human genome codes for non-coding RNA. These RNAs are ubiquitous among all life forms and the mechanisms how non-coding RNAs regulate these cellular functions are largely unknown.

Our research group is interested in understanding how RNAs adopt their structures in order to select specific functions in a pool if RNAs. We employ different biochemical and biophysical techniques (e.g. EMSA, NMR, UV melting experiments), to investigate the molecular mechanism of RNA function (Nature 2012 & 2015).


(A) The Postdoc will work on a collaborative project together with the Lab from E.R. Andersson ( and will therefore be working on an interface from molecular biology to biophysical/biochemical methods.

(B) The Postdoc will work on a project to study RNA biophysics in cellular conditions. Therefore the Postdoc will establish and develop biophysical, biochemistry and molecular biology methods for this task.

You will work in a team together with other lab members and regularly present your research work in lab-meetings, seminars and at international conferences.

We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoc that will work in Katja Petzold’s group at the Division of Molecular Structural Biology.


To apply for the position, the applicant must have a PhD degree not older than 4 years. Scholarships for carrying out postdoctoral research may be granted to persons living in other countries who come to Sweden with the intention of only staying in Sweden for all or part of their postdoctoral education at KI. Persons who are resident in Sweden and/or have carried out all or part of their academic education at KI or some other educational institution in Sweden cannot be considered for scholarships from KI. This educational scholarship is tax-exempt.

To qualify, the applicant should have a background in biochemistry and biophysics of RNA with an interest in inter-disciplinary research. Of advantage are knowledge in NMR and/or molecular biology, but not required.

We are looking for a highly motivated, well organized, driven and enthusiastic person interested in our area of research, who is ready to explore new avenues in science. The candidate should have a high degree of independence but should also show a collaborative approach to research and be able to work productively in a team. Fluency in English is a requirement (written and oral).

Start-date upon agreement.

Contact: Katja Petzold