Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

We invite applications for a research specialist position in Camilla Svensson’s laboratory. The position will be placed in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, which has collegial, international and dynamic research environment. Our lab is part the Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM) located on the premises of the Karolinska Hospital. We offer an exciting, interactive, inclusive and collaborative research work environment, where you can make a difference.

Description of the subject area

The overall research mission for molecular pain research led by Prof. Camilla Svensson is to advance our understanding of the mechanisms that drive chronic pain states, in particular persistent pain in fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. We are exploring how DRG cells, bone cells and associated factors affect the nervous system and contribute to induction and maintenance of pain signal transduction. We use patient samples and a number of behavioral, immunohistochemical, and molecular biological techniques to dissect pain pathways in vivo and in cell culture systems, with the aim to pin-point novel targets for the development of new pain therapeutics

Your mission

We look for a motivated person with interest in managing parts of projects and work closely with dynamic group of about 12 researchers from multiple nationalities, focusing on conditions like fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and neuropathic pain. The successful candidate will manage and develop subprojects in the lab and provide organizational and administrative support and coordination and supervision of master and PhD students in the lab. The candidate will interact and collaborate with clinicians, researchers and students also of other research groups within CMM and KI, as well as other national and international research groups.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as a Research Specialist, in addition to holding a Degree of Doctor, PhD, or having equivalent scientific expertise, the applicant must have demonstrated research expertise as well as have documented research experience after defending their doctoral dissertation.

You have several years of experience from research and organizational work. You have a very good written and spoken Swedish and English. You have experience from project management and are skilled in diverse lab methods, including confocal microscopy, calcium imaging, cell culture work as well as in vivo work with mice, and you are eager to learn more. You are a team player, a good communicator and enjoy interactions with researchers and students. You have a deep sense of responsibility, take initiatives, enjoy develop new projects and have capacity and flexibility to anticipate and solve daily challenges. You are service-minded, and you would like to contribute to the success of a research team.

Assessment criteria

It is particularly meritorious that the applicant has shown

  • Extensive knowledge about the sensory nervous system
  • A strong background in cell signaling, microscopy, image analysis in both fixed tissues and living cells
  • Significant expertise from working with primary cell culture
  • Extensive experience with in vivo studies and behavioral pharmacology

It is meritorious that the applicant has shown

  • Experience in different molecular biology techniques.
  • Contributed to method and model development
  • Experience in student supervision
  • Ability to interact socially and scientifically with post-doctoral fellows and students in the laboratory and with collaborators in various networks.
  • Ability to work independently, be organized, proactive
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.

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. 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: Solna


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.

Welcome to apply at the latest 2022-01-10.

The application must be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

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 the agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number
  • Camilla Svensson,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Helin Norberg, SACO,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 22.Nov.2021
Last application date 10.Jan.2022 11:59 PM CET
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