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2018 Call for applications closed

Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Fellowship at Karolinska Institutet: next call will be in 2019 with new projects to choose from!

See below the procedure used for the 2018 call.

Overview of the Position

Novo Nordisk is funding a prestigious fellowship programme at Karolinska Institutet for postdoctoral research fellows. The programme is focused on research in diabetes and its comorbidities, endocrinology and metabolism. It aims to support the development of a new generation of exceptional young early career diabetes researchers, who will become future leaders in the field, while further developing scientific excellence within diabetes and ultimately improving the lives of patients. As part of this programme, we are looking to recruit 3 outstanding postdoctoral research fellows.

Based at Karolinska Institutet, fellows will undertake a cutting edge research project, mentored by world-leading researchers in the field of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism. In addition, it is anticipated that during the course of the fellowship, fellows will have the opportunity to spend up to 3 months in the research laboratories at Novo Nordisk outside Copenhagen, Denmark. Thus, fellows will gain insight into research conducted in both academia and industry. In order to increase coherence around the Fellowship programme, a number of events will be held throughout the year such as high profile lectures, symposia, etc. which the fellows will attend, both at Karolinska Institutet and at Novo Nordisk.

The fellowships are fully funded and salary is provided for a 3 year period. It is our intention that the positions will start in the autumn of 2018, though some flexibility with the start date might be possible.

Research Projects

As part of your application, you must select up to three of the projects, ranking them in order of preference. You should indicate your preferences in your Personal Letter and provide a rationale for your particular selections. If your application is successful, we will aim to match you with your first choice of project, but this cannot be guaranteed.

Principal Investigator Project Title
Christian Broberger The central control of growth hormone release – electrophysiology and functional role of neuroendocrine somatostatin neurons
Sofia Carlsson Prognosis of LADA-latent autoimmune diabetes in adults and type 2 diabetes; influence of genes, treatment, clinical, metabolic and lifestyle risk factors
Rachel Fisher and Per Eriksson Defining novel enzymes regulating human hepatic triglyceride metabolism: Implications for fatty liver disease
Johan Frostegård Novel immunological mechanisms and treatment with a vaccine against atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, especially in relation to diabetes
Ulf Hedin Molecular targets for therapy and diagnosis of unstable coronary and carotid atherosclerosis in myocardial infarction and stroke
Peder Olofsson Neural regulation of inflammation in atherosclerosis
Mikael Rydén and Peter Arner Identifying the link between human white adipose tissue and the development of cardiovascular complications in type 2 diabetes
Peter Stenvinkel and Annika Wernerson Chronic kidney disease – exploration of novel diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic targets for an emerging public health priority
Ferdinand vant Hooft and Patrik Magnusson Identification of metabolic and genetic factors influencing the associations between ANGPTL4 and risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes
Juleen Zierath Maintaining skeletal muscle mass to prevent metabolic disease and promote healthy ageing

Key responsibilities of the selected applicant

  • Plan, manage and conduct an agreed academic research project and associated activities; taking direction from the principal investigator and other colleagues in the laboratory as appropriate.
  • Test hypotheses and analyse scientific data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining working hypotheses as appropriate.
  • Develop research questions, analyse detailed and complex qualitative and/or quantitative data from a variety of sources, and contribute original ideas for new research projects.
  • Coordinate multiple aspects of work to deliver novel research data in accordance with established timelines set between you and the principal investigator.
  • Develop ideas for generating research income, and present detailed research proposals to senior researchers.
  • Adapt existing and develop new scientific techniques and experimental protocols to support research.
  • Regularly write research articles at an international level for peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and reviews.
  • Formally present your research and represent the research group at internal, national and international conferences and meetings; either with other members of the team or alone.
  • Informally present your research to the group at established meetings.
  • Provide scientific input into the research group both at meetings and practically where requested or appropriate.
  • Act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on scientific protocols and experimental techniques.

Selection Criteria


  • A PhD in a medical/biological subject (to be completed in 2018), together with relevant experience
  • A person is eligible for a position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow if he or she has obtained a PhD no more than seven years before the last date of employment as a postdoctoral fellow.
  • The ability to manage your own academic research and associated activities.
  • A strong CV, having published in high impact journals and presented at international meetings.
  • Ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and research income generation.
  • Ability to work with meticulous attention to detail.
  • An enthusiastic interest in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism research.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and leadership, with the ability to communicate research ideas and results in a clear and logical way and the ability to confidently and effectively interact with colleagues and the broader research community.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • A conscientious and enthusiastic working approach.
  • Excellent planning, organizational and problem solving skills.

How to apply

Applications has closed!

Deadline for applications

The closing date for applications is midnight CEST on Sunday 8th April 2018.


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