Karolinska Institutet, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) is a department with a strong focus on basic science. CMB conducts research and education in cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, stem cell biology, cancer and infection biology.

Newly established Virus Production Core Facility
Delivering genetic information to cellular systems is the backbone of many experiments in biology. From applying a wealth of genetics tools assaying function of cells to gain- and loss-of-function experiments testing the role of a specific gene, to genome-wide shRNA screens and more recently the use of Cas9/CRISPR systems to induce specific mutations or correction of mutations in the genome, our experimental toolkit relies heavily on our ability to efficiently deliver DNA or RNA into cells.

The purpose of this facility is to provide researchers with virus for use in vitro or in vivo as well as provide scientific support for designing appropriate vectors or choosing a virus system. The core facility structure is currently planned for two members of staff, one Lab coordinator (this advertisement) and one technician to be subsequently recruited. The Lab coordinator will be physically embedded in Emma R Andersson’s laboratory (CMB, www.anderssonlab.com), and integrated with Jens Hjerling-Leffler’s laboratory (www.hjerling-leffler-lab.org, MBB).

The Lab coordinator is in charge of running the facility and reports to the directors of the core facility.

Responsibilities include for example:

  • Production of viruses
  • Cataloging, storage and distribution of viruses
  • Keeping up-to-date with the state of the art in virus technologies
  • Management/supervision of staff
  • Ordering and billing of customers
  • Economical reporting
  • Monitoring of safety and work environment permits
  • Handling of material transfer agreements

Entry requirements
We are looking for an organized, driven and creative person with a genuine interest in virus biology and virus production. A proven ability to stay updated with technical developments in the field, taking initiative and good communication skills are all merits.

Position-specific requirements:

  • Masters or PhD degree (or equivalent) in relevant field
  • Documented background in virus biology. 
  • Documented experience in working in BSL2 labs or higher.


  • Documented experience in developing/improving virus systems
  • Track-record in producing, and using virus (e.g. lentivirus, adeno-associated virus).
  • Previous management or supervision experience.

General requirements

  • Fluent English speaking and writing abilities are expected and also basic level of Swedish.
  • Good interpersonal skills.

Application process
The application is to be submitted on the MyNetwork recruitment system.

The initial employment is for 6 months, with a possibility to be extended up to 2 years in total.

First day of employment As soon as possible
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-3520/2016
  • Emma R Andersson, Assistant Professor, +46 8 524 87360, Emma.Andersson@ki.se
Union representative
  • Magnus Anå, OFR, 08-524 864 37, magnus.ana@ki.se
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75 , biborka.bveress@ki.se
Published 21.Sep.2016
Last application date 21.Oct.2016 11:59 PM CET

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