Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Description of the subject area

This position is a unique opportunity to carry out precision cancer medicine research in a translational setting, with the aim to assign and optimize targeted treatments for individual cancer patients. The disease focus for this position is in haematology with an initial focus on acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). The goal is to develop a systems biology framework to match targeted therapies and drug combinations using genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic profiling along with functional ex vivo drug testing. We work through team science in close collaboration with other research groups, different technology platforms at SciLifeLab, health care, industry as well as Nordic and international collaborators.

Your mission

This position involves leading work with primary cell models of cancer and their application in drug testing and multi-omics profiling in bulk and with single cell resolution. It also includes development of these methods and their application to precision cancer medicine approaches in the clinical research setting. The candidate is expected to independently carry out project management tasks such as developing and innovating research ideas, grant writing, planning research projects and technologies and data management, monitoring milestones in a project, lead a research team, and interacting with researchers but also with clinical and pharma collaborators.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as a Senior Research Specialist, in addition to holding a Degree of Doctor, PhD, or having equivalent scientific expertise, the applicant must have demonstrated good level of research expertise with significant scientific production. 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 clear potential for the future.

Assessment criteria

For employment as Senior Research Specialist at Karolinska Institutet, the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria stated in the Rules regarding other positions than teaching positions are applied in relation to the established profile of employment.

The criteria listed will form part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s eligibility. All criteria will be assessed but they should not individually be seen as requirements.


  • Scientific original publications, their quality and quantity, with special consideration on publications after the doctoral education.
  • Scientific independent ability demonstrated through leading and senior authorships.
  • Review articles and other scientific publications.
  • Presentations and scientific assignments at international congresses.
  • Research grants received in regional, national and international competition.
  • National and international research collaborations.
  • Research responsibility as supervisor for degree project on advanced level, doctoral student and postdoc.
  • Reviewer and evaluator of the scientific work of others.
  • Research experience from a research group other than where the doctoral education was conducted.
  • Development of one's own research profile within the subject area.
  • Plan for future research based on current science.


It is particularly meritorious that the applicant has shown long term expertise in experimental hematology, cancer biology, immune regulation, precision medicine and/or translational research. Expertise in high-throughput drug testing, single-cell sequencing, and multicolor flow cytometry is also highly valued.

It is meritorious that the applicant has shown to engage in teaching and course organization at basic, advanced and/or doctoral level. 


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.


Science for Life Laboratory  is a leading national infrastructure for next-generation life science research in Sweden. SciLifeLab is jointly operated by the four host universities: Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University, and it has facilities in four other universities across Sweden. There are over 1 000 people working at SciLifeLab, either in research groups or in the infrastructure facilities, most of them in the KI Solna campus and in Uppsala.

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Its vision is to significantly contribute to the improvement of human health. Karolinska Institutet accounts for the single largest share of all academic medical research conducted in Sweden and offers the country’s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet selects the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

Your career continues here

Olli Kallioniemi´s Research group



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.

The applications will be reviewed by external reviewers.

Welcome to apply at the latest 17th June.

The application must be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

Permanent position is initiated by a six months trial period.

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

Type of employment Permanent position – (starting with a temporary contract)
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Up on agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2361/2024
  • Olli Kallioniemi,
Union representative
  • Helen Eriksson, OFR,
  • Henry Wölling, Seko,
  • Per Hydbring/Nick Tobin, SACO,
Published 20.May.2024
Last application date 17.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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