Postdoctoral studies in vaccine immunology

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

1-2 positions are now open in Professor Karin Loré’s group to study mechanisms of action of vaccines. The overall focus of the research group is to investigate immune functions by which different vaccine formulations regulate immunity. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic team at the Department of Medicine, Solna at Karolinska Institutet and study timely questions in close collaboration with the vaccine industry.

Your mission

The studies focus on the generation of high quality and durable B cell and T cell responses by vaccination. This includes assessments of the early innate immune profile locally and systemically after vaccination as well as the development of antigen-specific responses. This involves high resolution analyses of both early cell activation and gene modulation as well as of the B cell and antibody response such as single cell isolation, sequencing and mapping of antibody specificities. The projects will have a special focus on mRNA vaccines and nanoparticle vaccines with different adjuvants. The studies will employ clinical samples, non-human primate models and several standard immunological and molecular techniques. The research program will partly be shaped to take into account the interests and experience of the candidate.

The position will be based at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. We work in collaboration with academic partners, vaccine companies as well as funding agencies such as the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Thus, the candidate will have the opportunity to interact with and learn various scientific and technical expertise from leading researchers in the vaccine field.

The candidate is expected to learn and take part in experimental design, experimentation, presentation, and publication of results. In addition, he or she is expected to join research-related activities such as group meetings, departmental seminars, national/international meetings, as well as take part in routine work within our research team and help supervise students within the group.

Your profile

We are seeking highly motivated postdoctoral researcher(s) with a strong desire to study principles of immune system functions. The candidates applying must have or about to get a PhD degree in biomedicine, immunology, cell biology or a related discipline. Knowledge of immunology and experience with some of the relevant experimental approaches (e.g. sample processing, flow cytometry, ELISA, molecular biology techniques, bioinformatical analyses) are preferred. Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability and compatibility with lab members. Applicants must have good communication skills in English and ability to collaborate and work productively in a team.

To be eligible for employment as a postdoctor a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree is required. This eligibility requirement must be fulfilled at the latest at the time of the employment decision. It is considered as an advantage if you have completed your doctoral degree within the last three years, if there are special reasons, your degree may have been completed earlier.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment with wide-ranging expertise and interests. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. At KI, you get to meet researchers working with a wide range of specialisms and methods, giving you ample opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with the various scientific fields within medicine and health. It is the crossover collaborations, which have pushed KI to where it is today, at the forefront of global research. Several of the people you meet in healthcare are educated at KI. A close relationship with the health care providers is important for creating groundbreaking top quality education and research. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several benefits through our collective agreement.


The position is located within the Department of Medicine, Solna. The department consists of twelve divisions and each division consists of several research groups. The position is located within the research group of Karin Loré at the Division of Immunology and Allergy.  A range of preclinical as well as clinical studies in allergy, infections and immune modulation are being conducted within the division.

The successful candidate will join an international team. Stockholm is a vibrant international megapolis with high quality of living standard. English is the working language of the group. The Karolinska Institutet is one of the centers of excellence for biomedical research in the world (ranked as 8th in the world in Life Sciences and Medicine by QS World University Ranking). It possesses cutting edge infrastructure.


An employment application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  • A complete resumé, 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 through the Varbi recruitment system.

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

  • Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Contract type Full time
  • Number of positions 1
  • Full-time equivalent 100%
  • City Stockholm
  • County Stockholms län
  • Country Sweden
  • Reference number STÖD 2-5099/2022


  • Karin Loré, +46737121551

Union representative

  • Bruna Gigante, SACO,
  • Afsar Rahbar OFR,
  • Louisa Cheung, SACO,