Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Research in the Gerlach lab is directed at understanding basic cellular and molecular principles governing CD8 T cell responses to acute infections and cancer. Using a combination of several state-of-the-art single-cell technologies we strive to understand mechanisms underlying the generation, maintenance and consequences of the heterogeneity within the T cell immune response. Our long-term goal is that this knowledge will contribute to improved vaccines and immunotherapies. The Gerlach lab is now recruiting a research assistant for a fixed-term employment.

Your mission

We are recruiting a research assistant who is dedicated to contributing to our research group’s scientific progress and environment. Your duties will be a combination of lab manager-like (administrative, organizational) and wet-lab research tasks. You will be responsible for mouse colony management and typing by flow cytometry and PCR, management of extra tasks in coordination with animal facility (e.g room moves, rederivation, shipments), placing and coordinating orders (e.g. reagents, consumables), administrative tasks (e.g. bookings, lab calendar) and active work with lab safety. You will contribute to research projects withing our group by working together with and assisting other group members with experimental tasks, as well as carrying out experiments independently. Laboratory techniques include PCR, qPCR, cell line propagation, flow cytometry, work with BSL2 pathogens, lymphocyte isolation from murine tissues, basic injection techniques, and potentially more. Furthermore, you will play a central role in organizing of group activities and common group duties.

Your profile

We are looking for a dedicated and talented person with a high motivation to work within the Gerlach lab. A strong motivation to contribute to other lab members’ projects and the common good of the research group is important. The successful candidate should have experience with at least some of the laboratory techniques mentioned above – the more the better, and needs to be willing to work with mice. The position requires maintenance of accurate and detailed experimental records. The applicant should be scientifically curious, and have highly developed social skills, a personality that fits in the group, and an internal drive to promote a collaborative atmosphere within the group.  

Required qualifications:

  • BSc or MSc degree in Biomedicine, Immunology, Molecular Biology or a related field
  • Excellent organizational, planning and communication skills, sensitivity to cross-cultural communication
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Experience in at least some of the laboratory techniques mentioned above
  • Experience in cell culture
  • Interest in immunology

Desired qualifications:

  • FELASA certification and experience in working with mice
  • Experience in flow cytometry and PCR
  • Basic proficiency in Swedish

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.


The position is located within the Department of Medicine, Solna. The department consists of eleven divisions and each division consists of several research groups. The position is located within the research group of Carmen Gerlach.  We are physically located in the Center of Molecular Medicine (CMM) on the Solna Campus of Karolinska University Hospital.

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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. 

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 Special fixed-term employment
Contract type Full time
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-833/2024
  • Carmen Gerlach,
Union representative
  • Afsar Rahbar OFR,
  • Louisa Cheung, SACO,
  • Farzad Hedayaty, SACO-s, +46852483367
Published 20.Feb.2024
Last application date 12.Mar.2024 11:59 PM CET

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