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Postdoc (scholarship) in Organ-on-Chips, neural systems

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The workplace

The research at Division of Micro and Nanosystems (MST) focuses on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and its applications in the medical (MedMEMS), biotechnology (BioMEMS), optical (OptoMEMS) and radio frequency (RFMEMS) fields. The department staff consists of ~45 faculty members, researchers and PhD students who contribute to a high professional standard of intensive work and quality results, as well as to a friendly and open environment. The staff has a multicultural background, and the working language is English. The department is internationally well established, has many research collaborations with excellent partners worldwide, and is involved in several European and national projects. For more information, see Division of Micro and Nanosystems | KTH

This scholarship will be conducted in the Herland research group  at MST (KTH) and AIMES Center for the Advancement of Integrated Medical and Engineering Sciences  at Karolinska Institute.

Project description

The postdoctoral scholarship (1 + 1 year) will be carried out the Wallenberg foundation funded project: Organs-on-Chips for Translational Research in Brain Disease. This project will be focusing on inborn errors of metabolism in children, combining neural models with real-time sensing of neural function, barrier function and metabolic activity. Conventional cell culture, as well as microfluidic Organ-on-Chip methods will be applied. The post doc scholarship will focus on developing sensors in Brain-on-Chip systems. The sensor types include passive electrodes for barrier and external field potential sensing and active biosensors for metabolites. The postdoc will work closely together with stem cell scientists in the Herland lab and clinical researchers at Karolinska Hospital. 



A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline. The candidate must hold (or soon hold) her/his PhD degree in electrical engineering bioengineering, medical engineering or neuroscience obtained no later than three years prior to starting the position. The candidate must have significant research laboratory experience, and an excellent record of publications. At least one first author publication is a requirement. Specialization in electrophysiology, neurobiology as well as microfluidics is highly valued. The successful applicant should have an overall outstanding academic track record, and well developed analytical and problem-solving skills. We are looking for a strongly motivated person, who is able to work independently. Good command of English orally and in writing is required. 

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Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to  You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than 2021-03-15. Mark your application with reference number J-2021-0304.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter (detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position)
  • Research statement (max 2 pages)
  • Contact information for three references

Please observe that you apply for a scholarship, not an employment.

About the position/positions

Period: 2021-2022 plus 1 year possible extension

Extent: Full-time 100%

Amount of scholarship: 29 000 SEK / Month

Location: Stockholm  


If you have question about the scholarship or the project please contact Professor Anna Herland

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