Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The position
We are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious biomedical analyst/technician to join the research group of professor Mikael Rydén and Dr Niklas Mejhert. The work will involve studies of human adipocytes in vitro and phenotyping of human biopsies ex vivo and will be carried out at the Lipid Laboratory at the Department of Medicine, Huddinge. We have a fully equipped wet laboratory in the new NEO research building at Karolinska Institutet Campus Flemingsberg. Clinical studies and fat tissue biopsies are performed at the nearby Endocrinology Unit at the Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge.

Department of Medicine
The Department of Medicine, Huddinge conducts preclinical and clinical research in a variety of areas and undergraduate and graduate education. The department is internationally oriented and consists of seven units with about 60 teams.

The research environment
The research group consists of basic and clinical researchers and our research questions originate from large clinical studies. We aim to identify pathophysiological mechanisms explaining the link between white adipose tissue and common metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia and cardiovascular disease. The group consists of 5 principal investigators and approximately 20 researchers and constitutes an internationally competitive environment for studies of adipose tissue biology. We have developed a number of unique techniques to phenotype human adipose samples and a large part of our functional in vitro studies are performed in our own established cryopreservable human mesenchymal stem cells. We regularly host students and researchers from abroad to teach our techniques. You will be working in an international and interdisciplinary research environment, where collaborative efforts are encouraged.

Entry requirements and skills
To qualify, the applicant should at least have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in biomedicine, molecular cell biology, or equivalent. Applicants should have extensive experience and adequate training in cell culture work as well as standard laboratory techniques, biotechnology, molecular biology or equivalent. Specific knowledge and experience of working with primary human cell cultures and database management is a particular merit. The candidate will work closely with foreign researchers. Computer literacy and proficiency in English is required for the tasks. Given that several administrative tasks are done in Swedish, it is an advantage if you can speak/write in Swedish although this is not a formal requirement. As our group works in an open and non-hierarchical organization, it is important to also have collaborative and communicative skills.

Personal qualities
We are looking for a highly motivated person who is thorough, well-organized and service-oriented. The candidate must have good communication skills and ability to interact with colleagues in our dynamic group as well as with other international collaborators. You are expected to rather independently carry out the cell culture work and your input in experimental methodologies is very welcome.

The successful candidate has documented experience in molecular and cellular biology techniques as well as experience in taking care of common routines required to run a successful research lab. The work will involve culture and phenotyping of human cells, advanced biobanking of human blood and biopsy samples, DNA and RNA isolation, as well as other cellular and molecular techniques with relevance for the projects. We expect the candidate to take interest in and responsibility for developing improved and novel methods.

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.

Location: Flemingsberg

Welcome to apply at the latest 2020-09-30.

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.  

This is a full-time appointment. At Karolinska Institutet a 6-month trial period is required for all permanent appointments. The position is available immediately.

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

An application must contain the following documents in English:

  • A short letter of motivation explaining the interest in the position and including a summary of why the applicant’s background and experience would be relevant for the project.
  • A complete curriculum vitae including academic title, date of academic exams, previous, academic positions, current position, and linguistic skills.
  • 1-2 references that could give a candid assessment of the applicant’s prior work


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

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Flemingsberg
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-3622/2020
  • Mikael Rydén ,
  • Niklas Mejhert,
Union representative
  • Belinda Pannagel, SACO,
  • Carina Eklund, OFR,
Published 01.Sep.2020
Last application date 30.Sep.2020 11:59 PM CET

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