Research Assistant in Enteric Neurobiology

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Applications are invited for a research assistant position in Enteric Neurobiology in Ulrika Marklund’s group at the division of Molecular Neurobiology. The lab’s research focus is on the enteric nervous system (ENS) in the gastrointestinal tract - an essential, yet under-investigated, part of the nervous system. There is thus immense potential for new fundamental insights to be discovered.

Research Team and the Division

The Marklund lab addresses principal questions in ENS biology with a focus on neural cell diversity. The team has recently identified molecularly distinct classes in the ENS as well as a new conceptual model for how these neuron classes emerge during the development (Morarach et al., 2021). Current and future efforts aim to 1) define the connectivity and function of the enteric neuron classes, and 2) uncover the molecular programs controlling cell fate decisions during development. A wide range of transcriptomic, cellular, genetic and imaging methodologies are utilized to meet these aims. By resolving the ENS cell connectome and its development, the lab hopes to pave the way for better understanding, characterization and treatment of prevalent gut disorders.

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The Marklund lab is part of the Unit of Molecular Neurobiology, today inhabited by 7 research group with expertise in developmental biology, advanced omics and imaging technologies, neuroscience, cancer and stem cell biology. The unit has a strong collaborative structure and a highly stimulating and dynamic research atmosphere. The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics resides in a new research building for Biomedical Research, Biomedicum, providing modern technological platforms and an open environment for interactions across departments and disciplines. For further information on the research unit:

Your mission

A research assistant position is now open in a project devoted to exploring enteric neuron and glia of the gastrointestinal tracts using histochemical methodologies. The research assistant is expected to carry out PCR for genotyping of mice, RNAscope, confocal imaging and the construction of publish-grade figures.

Your profile

The applicant shall hold a master degree in biomedicine, computational science or related education. The applicant needs to have a high degree of motivation but should have no problems in team-working. Training in animal handling and/or ethics is meriting. Fluency in English is a requirement.

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.

Location: Solna


Welcome to apply at the latest 2022-05-27

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 Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2156/2022
  • Ulrika Marklund, Principal researcher,
Union representative
  • Anurupa Nagchowdhury ,
Published 13.May.2022
Last application date 22.May.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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