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VFC Science Voices from Home: Sweden

Special Event: Informational Session

Dec 04, 2017

This event is recommended for: Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician.

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Join us (in-person or by webinar) to understand research and funding opportunities in Sweden. We are hosting NIH Alumni Tara Hessa currently a researcher at Stockholm University, Kerstin Beckenius and Anethe Mansén from the Career Service office, and Ulla Tunkara from the International Services at the Karolinska Institute.

After short presentations by the speakers, we will take questions from the audience. Both the science environment and living in Sweden will be discussed. We also will cover job search related logistics, like what does a resume look like in Sweden, how would you find a job there, etc.

To attend via webinar, please register using the following link:

Science Voices from Home is a project by the NIH Visiting Fellows' Committee to help NIH trainees explore career opportunities around the world. This webinar project (with NIH alumni) is in collaboration with the OITE. Look for additional countries to be highlighted in 2018.

Tara Hessa received her BS/MS in Molecular Biology at Stockholm University in 2001. In 2006, she earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University, where she worked on membrane protein biogenesis and insertion into Endoplasmic Reticulum, which resulted in publications in major journals (Nature and Science). She joined the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH) for postdoctoral work on membrane protein quality control and degradation. After a successful postdoctoral period, she moved to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH) as a Research Fellow, where she worked on mitochondria quality control in the context of Parkinson's diseases. In 2013 she joined the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University, as an Assistant Professor.

Kerstin Beckenius, Career Program Manager has more than 10 years of experience of working with developing career activities, a couple of years as the PhD student ombudsperson at the university and prior to that project leader within the private sector.

Anethe Mansén, Career Program Manager, holds a PhD degree in medicine (2003), working experience in life science industry, teaching and research experience at university level, working with professional career development service for researchers since 2008.

Both work at the Career Service at Karolinska Institute, which supports students and researchers for further career development within and outside academia. Short term internships organized several times every year is a unique opportunity for PhD students and postdocs to get work experience in other sectors than the university.

Ulla Tunkara has over ten years of experience working with International Staff Services with special focus on the Swedish Migration Agency.
She works at the International Staff Services, which is a support service for visiting researchers and doctoral students and their host departments at Karolinska Institute. The service provides practical information prior to and after your arrival. International Staff Services is a local service center for EURAXESS which is a unique pan-European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers wishing to pursue their research careers in Europe or stay connected to it. Visit EURAXESS Sweden at