Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

A position as Research Assistant is immediately available in the Crosetto lab for Quantitative Genome Biology at the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) in Stockholm, to carry out a project recently granted funding by the SciLifeLab open call for COVID-19 related proposals.

The position will be based in the Bienko-Crosetto laboratory (, a dynamic research environment focused on genome biology, oncogenomics and methods development (Nature Biotechnology 2020; Nature Methods 2013a, b; Nature Communications 2017a, b, 2019a, b; Cell Reports 2014; Communications Biology 2018).

Your mission

The main task of the position is to prepare next-generation sequencing (NGS) libraries from biological samples of COVID-19 patients from Sweden and other EU countries and sequence them, thus giving an essential contribution to studying how SARS-CoV-2 viruses is evolving in Europe.

Specific tasks associated with this position include:

  1. Preparing NGS libraries from RNA extracted from COVID-19 samples using commercially available kits (Illumina)
  2. Supporting a PhD student and a postdoc in the Crosetto lab who are developing a custom NGS method specifically tailored for SARS-CoV-2
  3. Sequencing of the NGS libraries on a NextSeq500 machine co-owned by the Crosetto group
  4. Following the analysis of the resulting sequencing data performed by a senior bioinformatician in the Crosetto group.

Your profile

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary and dynamic team of international researchers, including clinicians, biologists, biotechnologists, engineers, computer scientists, and physicists. Our mission is to transform the way we understand complex biological phenomena and diseases, by integrating next-generation sequencing technologies, single-molecule microscopy methods, and advanced computational tools.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment full of expertise and curiosity. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote a better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles to several benefits such as extended holiday and generous occupational pension. Employees also have access to our modern gym for free and receive reimbursements for medical care.

Location: Solna, SciLifeLab


An employment application must contain the following documents in English:

  1. 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
  2. A complete list of publications
  3. A summary of current work (no more than one page)
  4. Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances
  5. Verification from the thesis defence committee or the equivalent (only if the thesis defence is scheduled within three months after the application deadline)

Welcome to apply at the latest 31st of May 2020.

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
First day of employment Immediately
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-2116/2020
  • Nicola Crosetto, +46 (0)733 48 40 40
Union representative
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124 127
Published 08.May.2020
Last application date 31.May.2020 11:59 PM CET

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