Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Department of Oncology-Pathology at Karolinska Institutet conducts basic, translational and clinical research and educational activities related to cancer. The position is placed in the research laboratory of Professor Simon Ekman. The group of Professor Simon Ekman focuses on the development of novel treatments for lung cancer. The overall aim is to develop new oncological treatments through the approach of personalized cancer medicine.

Your mission

The candidate is expected to play a major role in molecular analysis and presentation of results. The candidate will work on several projects regarding coding and non-coding RNAs, including microRNAs, and their role in acquired resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitors. The duties involve routine cell biology work and establishment of molecular methods, as well as computational and biostatistical analyses of expression array data. The candidate will be working closely together with a senior wet lab molecular biologist, to ensure high quality output from all steps.

The position covers the following main tasks:

  • Taking responsibility for cell culture duties to generate and maintain non-small cell lung cancer cell lines resistant to various tyrosine kinase inhibitors
  • Taking responsibility for performing reproducible and robust wet lab experiments, including RT-qPCR, Western blotting and viability assays
  • Performing bioinformatics analyses of RNA profiles from large expression array data
  • Handling and extracting material from clinical lung cancer specimens
  • Being involved in the design and planning of wet lab experiments

Your profile


Qualified to be employed, as a Research Assistant is one who has obtained a Master of Science. 

  • We are looking for an experienced Research Assistant candidate who recently completed his/her Master of Science.
  • The candidate should be a careful and detail-oriented person who likes to take responsibility.
  • The candidate should be capable of close internal cooperation, as well as interacting with external collaborators that are experts in a wide variety of fields connected to our research.
  • For this, excellent communication skills are required.
  • The candidate should have a strong desire to deliver high quality work, on time, and have experience in working independently.

In addition, applicants must have:

  • Extensive experience with various cell culture techniques, including troubleshooting
  • Extensive experience with RNA extraction, RT-qPCR, western blotting and viability assays, including troubleshooting
  • Extensive experience in working with tyrosine kinase inhibitors, including troubleshooting
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Fluency in English

Furthermore, it is beneficial if applicants have:

  • Experience in other molecular biology methods, not mentioned above

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. 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 also a state university, which entitles you to several good benefits through our collective agreement. And you get to practice freely in our modern wellness facilities, where trained staff are on site.

Location: Solna

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Welcome to apply at the latest 30th June.

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system. In this recruitment, you will apply with your CV without a personal letter. Instead, you will answer some questions about why you are applying for the job in the application form. 


  •  A complete resumé, including date of the Master of Science degree, title of the Master of Science thesis, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page) 

This position is a 4 month employment. 

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

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1/9, or as per agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2439/2023
  • Per Hydbring,
Union representative
  • Helen Eriksson, OFR,
  • Henry Wölling, Seko,
  • Per Hydbring/Nick Tobin, Saco,
Published 09.Jun.2023
Last application date 30.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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