Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

We use molecular methods in combination with well characterized longitudinal clinical cohorts and epidemiological studies to increase the understanding of asthma and allergies, with the overall aim to develop a diagnostic and prognostic molecular tool for clinical use. Our research group “Genetic and epigenetic factors in asthma and allergy” belongs to the unit of Clinical Pediatrics that focuses on pediatric immunology, infection and inflammation at the Department of Women's and Children's Health at Karolinska Institutet. We have a close connection to Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital. The lab is located in the new research building BioClinicum on the Karolinska University Hospital campus in Solna, where we share space with other research groups from the same department.

Your mission

We are looking for a highly motivated and driven person, specialized in bioinformatics or biostatistics to join our team and work on genetics and epigenetics in childhood asthma and allergy. You have a solid background in bioinformatics or biostatistics, data analyses and visualization, in combination with the ability to work in a translational research environment. You are expected to take a strong lead in data analyses. The position includes data QC, data analyses of large data sets, including development and establishment of new methods to support the ongoing research in the group. Focus will be genetic and epigenetic data, such as genome wide SNP data, RNA sequencing data, as well as DNA methylation data. Handling data sets on a genome wide level will be on a daily bases, and therefore it is essential to work in a thorough and structured way. It is highly meriting if the applicant has previous knowledge and practical experience of analyses and interpretation of data in the field of gene expression, genetics and epigenetics. Longitudinal data for analyses will be from clinical case-cohort studies, as well as population-based birth cohorts. Extensive experience from R or similar is required. You should be able to work independently, and at the same time interact and communicate effectively with other members of the group. Excellent ability to express yourself in speech and writing in English is a requirement.

The applicant will be evaluated based on education and previous experience, relevance for the project, motivation, problem solving skills, and cooperative ability. Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) date of employment. This must be substantiated by the applicant's main supervisor, director or equivalent.


  • A doctoral degree in bioinformatics, data science, genetics, or relevant fields
  • A formal education or strong research background in bioinformatics, genetics, epidemiology or closely related field
  • Experience with methods in genome-wide genetics and epigenetics.
  • Extensive experience in R, and SPSS or STATA.
  • Good communication and writing skills in English.

Competences, skills and experiences considered meritorious:

  • An ability to collaborate with colleagues within and beyond the group.
  • Good team player with interpersonal skills and a considerate manner.
  • Organized, efficient, and flexible in dealing with unpredictability and changes.
  • Experience in genetic/epigenetic research involving large-scale data analysis, with a proven record of publications
  • Experience with data visualization
  • To communicate complicated statistical measures to e.g. researchers without a statistics background

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.

The position is for 1 year with possibility for extension. 

Location: Solna 


An employment application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  • A complete resumé, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)

Welcome to apply at the latest 2020-09-16.

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
Contract type Full time
First day of employment according to agreement
Salary monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-3558/2020
  • Cilla Söderhäll, Forskargruppsledare,
  • Karin Björström, Personalhandläggare, 08-524 823 67
Union representative
  • Bodil Moberg , OFR, 08-524 836 01
  • John Inge Johnsen , SACO,
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
Published 26.Aug.2020
Last application date 20.Sep.2020 11:59 PM CEST

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