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Postdoctoral studies in the neuronal control of body weight homeostasis

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The Furlan Lab aims to identify and understand the central and peripheral circuits regulating food preference, homeostasis, and body weight regulation, with a focus on obesity. To do this, we employ an interdisciplinary approach, using state-of-the-art techniques, such as transcriptomics, circuit-tracing methods, and functional manipulation strategies in the mouse model. We believe that interrogation of these understudied circuits will critically advance our understanding of how the brain and body achieve important physiological processes, and will contribute to enabling the development of novel approaches to treat obesity and metabolic syndrome.


The Furlan lab is part of the Neuroscience department, in the Biomedicum, at Karolinska Institute research campus, a vibrant, highly interactive, internationally-recognized center for medical research with outstanding research infrastructure. The department is formed by more than 200 researchers, investigating the most diverse biological questions. We also collaborate with the nearby Physiology and Pharmacology department, which provide expertise in physiology and cellular metabolism.


The project is focused on the identification and characterization of circuits directly or indirectly involved in the regulation of body weight in mice. Circuits will be identified using viral techniques, imaged, and manipulated during both homeostasis and metabolic challenges (i.e. obesity). Experimental read-outs will comprise behavioral and physiological parameters, as well as molecular analysis of gene expression. The candidate is expected to capitalize on the collaborative environment, availability of cutting-edge resources, and interdisciplinary expertise to achieve the research objectives.

The candidate should possess a solid academic background in neuroscience and/or endocrinology. Initiative, motivation, and a desire to develop and learn are of the highest importance. Prior experience in working with mice animal models, stereotaxic surgery, transcriptomics, and imaging is a strong plus.

Entry requirements

Scholarships for postdoctoral qualification can be established for foreign researchers who place their qualifications in Sweden. The purpose of scholarships for postdoctoral qualification is to promote internationalization and contribute to research qualification after a doctorate or equivalent.
A scholarship for carrying out postdoctoral research can be granted for a maximum of two years within a four year period following the receipt of a doctoral degree or equivalent.
To be eligible for a postdoctoral scholarship, the person must have obtained a doctorate or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctorate. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) start date of the post doctoral education.

The head of the department determines whether their previous training and scholarly qualifications correspond to a Swedish doctorate or higher.

Location: Solna

Type of scholarship

The amount is tax free and it is set for twelve months at a time, paid out on a six months basis. In exceptional cases, shorter periods may be acceptable.

Application process

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

  • A complete curriculum vitae, 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 on the Varbi recruitment system.

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First day of employment: As soon as possible
Salary: Scholarship
Reference number: STÖD 2-4628/2022
  1. Alessandro Furlan, alessandro.furlan@ki.se
Published: 2022-11-25
Last application date: 2023-01-31

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Postdoctoral studies in the neuronal control of body weight homeostasis
Nobels väg 6 Stockholm, Sweden
Application deadline
2023-01-31 23:59:59
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