Make the most of your postdoc at KI!
Career Service for Postdocs
Welcome to Karolinska Institutet! We have years of experience supporting our researchers in the promotion/elevation of their careers. The Career Service Office at KI provides career development for academics pursuing a career within academia, as well as for those who want to explore career options outside of our university.
Our number one career advice is to work hard and passionately on your research project, however, the expression “publish or perish” is well known to most researchers and the competition is high. At the Career Service web page we list some additional advice on topics that are important for your postdoc career development.
Karolinska Institutet Core Facilities is an umbrella definition for service laboratories, resources and competence centres whose activities are coordinated, supervised and partly financed by the Board of Research (FS) in collaboration with the local committees for Research and Education (FoUU) of the associated hospitals. Access to the Core Facilities is open to all researchers at KI and other academic institutions and also, to a limited extent, to commercial enterprises.
Service laboratories and resource centres operate on a fee per service basis while competence centres aim to disseminate specific technologies and know-how on a collaborative basis. Policies regarding services, access, fees and prioritization vary by facility. Core Facilities are managed by departments or units within Karolinska Institutet or associated hospitals.
There are a variety of courses available to KI postdocs.
KI offers some 200 doctoral/third-cycle courses per year. KI postdocs can also attend these courses, space permitting, see selection criteria. Doctoral courses are applied to from the course catalogue. Deadline for application middle of November and middle of May. Doctoral courses are free of charge.
The Department of Learning, Information, Management and Ethics:
TEAK - Teaching In English
Courses & workshops: Endnote, ICT-educational tools for teaching etc.
Laboratory animal science:
Education in laboratory animal science is compulsory for those who intend to work and conduct research with laboratory animals at Karolinska institutet.
Information Security work is to ensure that information is not spread to unauthorized people, that it is always reliable, accurate and complete and that it is available when needed. For more information see Information security. You can take a course in Information security – basic online training
Innovation at KI
Karolinska Institutet promotes the utilization of research to the benefit of patients, health and society. Utilization can for example be done through innovation and commercialization when inventions or knowledge are turned into new products and services.
Teachers, researchers and postgraduate students at KI own the proprietary rights to their research results and inventions by a virtue of what is known as “the Professors Privilege”. This means that if your invention is based on your academic research at KI, the Professors Privilege states that you and your co-inventors own the rights to commercialize it. If your invention is the product of the joint efforts of several research scientists, then a number of people might own the rights to it.
The situation surrounding the identity of the inventor(s) is generally unique from case to case, and needs to be discussed amongst those who have taken part in the development process. Proprietary rights to research results and inventions can for example be transferred by in collaboration contracts and agreement.
The innovation support system at KI consists of actors that support KI researchers in all aspects of innovation and commercialization of their research results. The services provided by the different actors of the system cover education and research in entrepreneurship, inspirational activities, Intellectual property (IP) advice (e.g. patents) as well as financial support for verification of commercial potential. The system also serves as the interface for KI’s corporate collaborations and provides facilities for startup companies.
The Innovation Office is KIs general support function when it comes to questions related to innovation and collaboration with industry. The Innovation office also provides free of charge advice regarding IP-related matters. KI Innovations AB is KI’s “commercialization company” and offers a broad panel of resources free of charge for verifying the commercial potential of research results and could also assist with business development. Entrepreneurial education and research is organised by the Unit for Bioentrepreneurship. KI Science Park AB offers facilities for companies. We encourage you to contact any of the units in order to learn more about these questions or to get help with your project.
For more information about Innovation support
KI's rules and guidelines for work in the laboratory are available on the portal page Laboratory Safety: up-to-date information, rules, training and tips. Contact information for KI's experts in biosafety, laboratory safety, chemical safety and radiation protection.
Library Research Support
The Karolinska Institutet University Library is the largest medical library in the Nordic region. It houses international medical and scientific information in journals and books, in both print and electronic format, and supplies access to a number of biomedical, and other relevant, databases.
The library consists of two service units, in Huddinge and Solna campus, and offers virtual access to the scientific literature from any computer on the KI network, or from outside KI via proxy.
For researchers, the library provides a wide range of services, for instance:
Reference Management Softare
KI Open Archive
Courses & workshops
Research documentation is needed to meet legal requirements, can be used to show and prove that the proposed work has been done in the correct way, acts as a base for patents and is invaluable when trouble shooting or back tracing has to be done.
The research documentation should be done according to KI guidelines and national and international rules, and is actually one of the most important parts when doing research. When the research documentation is done in the best way possible, this will facilitate your work and KI has established different tools to help out.
The Grants Office, a unit within the Leadership and Research Support Office, helps researchers at KI to identify, apply for and manage internal and external funding. The Grants Office provides information on possible sources of research funding, and seminars and workshops on various funding opportunities. The website Research funding offers a wealth of useful information about research funding including an overview of open calls. Grants Office also sends out information via a monthly newsletter with funding news (subscribe by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ) and has a Facebook page.
KI subscribes to Research Professional, a funding database, with a comprehensive list of funding opportunities and funding news where tailored searches can be created. Grants Office supports applications to prioritized Swedish programs and to international funding agencies. The Head of Grants Office is the authorized organizational official/legal associate representative for international grants.
KI alumni and friends
KI Alumni & Friends is a professional and social network for everyone who is or has been engaged in Karolinska Institutet – students and employees. Through KI Alumni & Friends, you can catch up with old friends, attend seminars, reunions and other activities. Sign up at at KI Alumni and Friends