Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för biovetenskaper och näringslära, Sherwood (SciLife)

The Department of Biosciences and Nutrition performs research and education in several areas of medical science including bioorganic chemistry, molecular endocrinology, cancer biology, functional genomics, systems biology, epigenetics, structural biochemistry, cellular virology, and nutrition. It offers an excellent international research and working environment, including around 300 scientists, students, administrative and technical personnel. The Department resides in the new biomedical research building Neo, aimed at being a creative and open environment that enables meetings, synergies, and exploration of areas of mutual interest across disciplines.

Team Leader for the laboratory operations at NGI with placement at SciLifeLab/Solna
The National Genomics Infrastructure (NGI) platform at SciLifeLab is a national resource that offers support and guidance, large-scale sequencing, and analysis of sequencing data to researchers and companies in Sweden. The aim of the infrastructure is to further genomics research in Sweden, and to keep Sweden competitive within the field. This is achieved through always striving for the highest quality. Last year, NGI Stockholm had over 600 projects and processed over 30000 samples, and we continuously have about 50-100 ongoing projects. These projects cover everything from biomedical research with established model organisms to environmental and other biological research on more exotic organisms.

The Genomics Production unit is now seeking a committed and highly self-organized team leader with team spirit and strong communication skills. You will be a motivating and inspirational individual with a passion for leading a team and getting the best results out of people.

The duties of team leader include daily planning and structuring of the experimental unit. To ensure the deliveries meet the demands and expectations of our users. It also entails coaching and motivating a team of around ten research engineers to work toward the stated goals of the operations.

The person we are looking for will make sure we reach the goals stated when it comes to quality. The responsibility is strongly connected to external projects and the commitments we have toward research groups. We reach these goals by working with a quality standard (IOS 17025) and by always striving to update our methods according to the latest breakthroughs.

To deliver high quality results is always our first priority. We reach this by take well care of the samples that are handed over to us, but also the instruments and premises we have. There is also emphasis on personnel, and making sure that the personnel is well cared for is a large part of the team leaders duties. Documentation, communication and a strong team spirit also contribute to reaching our goals.


  • Delegate tasks and set schedules
  • Oversee day-to-day operations
  • Motivate team members
  • Discover training needs and provide coaching
  • Listen to team members’ feedback and resolve any issues or conflicts
  • Conduct Lab meetings
  • Answers team member questions, helps with team member problems
  • Communicate and discuss results with researcher and companies.


  • Strong background in molecular biology methods and a familiarity with working in a lab
  • Familiarity with working with RNA and DNA
  • Excellent written and spoken English 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Decision-making skills


  • Experience of "Next Generation Sequencing", preferably with the Illumina platform
  • Experience from support and/or service activities
  • Experience in working in an accredited environment and/or with a LIMS
  • Good ability to communicate in Swedish 

Emphasis will be placed on personal characteristics such as responsibility, flexibility, collaboration, and problem solving skills. 


Type of employment Tillsvidareanställning
Contract type Full time
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-1046/2018
  • Ellen Sheerwood, Head of Unit, +46-8-524 814 83
  • Thomas Tinglöv, Head of Administration, +46-8-524 835 49
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, +46-8-524 840 80
  • Birgitta Lindqvist, OFR, +46-8-524 810 28
Published 29.Mar.2018
Last application date 19.Apr.2018 11:59 PM CET

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