Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

A Research Specialist position is available in Martin Bergö’s lab at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition at Karolinska Institutet ( The lab’s focus is on how free radicals and antioxidants interact with nutritional and metabolic needs of tumour cells during cancer development. Contrary to popular wisdom, antioxidants stimulate cancer metastasis, and we are now exploring this finding to develop anti-metastatic drugs and to be able to give well-informed nutritional advice to cancer patients. We are also investigating the role of the ubiquitin system, specially E3 ubiquitin ligases in cancers to find potential opportunity for cancer therapy.

Your mission

The employed Research Specialist is expected to perform research and provide academic leadership in experimental and translational molecular cancer biology, with a particular emphasis on cancer redox biology and the ubiquitin system. You will develop the field through internal and external collaborations, supervise master students and lead the day-to-day work of participating PhD students and postdocs; prepare and submit grant applications.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as a Research Specialist, in addition to holding a Degree of Doctor, PhD, or having equivalent scientific expertise, the applicant must have demonstrated research expertise as well as have documented research experience after defending their doctoral dissertation.

The applicant must also have demonstrated a good scientific independence to which their own contribution has been significant and a research plan of high quality with a clear potential for the future.

Expertise in the following areas is required: cancer biology including assays for cell transformation, proliferation, migration, invasion, and in vivo xenograft tumor growth; molecular biology including how to control the expression of endogenous and exogenous genes in cells with lentiviral, Crispr/Cas9, shRNA, and siRNA approaches; and a good understanding of disease mechanisms and treatment of lung cancer, malignant melanoma, and neuroblastoma (at least two of the three).

Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

It is particularly meritorious that the applicant has shown

  • Ability to apply for and obtain competitive grants
  • Ability to understand, in depth, molecular mechanisms of cancer-related projects
  • Ability to effectively supervise master and doctoral students

After an overall assessment of the expertise and merits of the applicants in relation to the subject area, Karolinska Institutet will determine which of them has the best potential to contribute to a positive development of the activities at KI.

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. Here, 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.

Location: Flemingsberg

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We prefer that Your application is written in English, but You can also apply in Swedish. An application must contain the following documents: Resumé, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet's qualifications portfolio.

Welcome to apply at the latest 14 June 2023

The application must be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

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

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment omg
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2040/2023
  • Martin Bergö, Professor, +46733122224
  • Thomas Tingöv, Head of administration, +46-8-52483549
Union representative
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO, +46708620230
  • Henry wölling, SEKO, +46-8-52484080
  • Anders Lindholm, OFR, +46-8-52481012
Published 26.May.2023
Last application date 14.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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